The Super Mario Bros. Movie is scheduled to make its Netflix debut in the U.S., coinciding with its departure from Peacock. Deadline reports that the video game adaptation will drop on the streamer on December 3rd. Netflix’s announcement on Twitter of the film’s expected arrival cleverly alludes to the movie as a remedy following a family disagreement triggered by a Mario Kart session.
The Super Mario Brothers Movie isn’t exactly holiday fare, but it does fit the mold of what is popular this time of year. The streamer seems to be bulking up its family-friendly library for the Holiday Season. Upcoming family-friendly content on Netflix includes Best. Christmas. Ever! (Nov 16), Adam Sandler’s animated films Leo (Nov 21), The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday (Nov 30), Family Switch (Nov 30), Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget (Dec 15), and Pokémon Concierge premiering in December.
Super Mario Bros. Movie Already Holds a Few Impressive Records
Based on the beloved Nintendo games by Shigeru Miyamoto, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is the epic origin tale of the Brooklyn plumber brothers: Mario (Chris Pratt), the fearless one, and Luigi (Charlie Day), forever on edge. The story kicks off with the Mario Brothers’ struggling plumbing biz and embark on a whirlwind adventure through the wacky Mushroom Kingdom. Along the way, the brothers meet familiar, endearing characters as they join forces to take down the power-hungry Bowser (Jack Black).
Released in April, The Super Mario Bros. Movie earned a pixel-pounding $1.36 billion at the box office worldwide. It holds the title for the second-highest-grossing film of the year and the highest-grossing video game adaptation ever. It also ranks as the third-highest-grossing animated film of all time.
Boosted Video Game Sales
Of course, Nintendo’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie has greatly boosted the popularity of Super Mario games. With around 169.84 million viewers and a cumulative global box-office revenue of $1,361,250,000, the movie has driven sales for Nintendo’s timeless Switch titles. These year-on-year sales increases highlight the enduring appeal and widespread success of the Mario franchise.
According to Nintendo Life, Nintendo’s mobile game app featuring Mario saw increased downloads compared to the previous year. They also report higher sales of related merchandise. Sell-through of Super Mario evergreen titles also showed a significant rise from April to September. Additionally, both mobile app downloads and merchandise sales increased. Nintendo expects upcoming Mario-related titles to benefit from the sales boost generated by the movie.
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