Universal Studios' “The Super Mario Bros. Movie" keeps rolling -- earning another $87 million in box-office revenue in its second weekend of release, according to Comscore.
“Super Mario” scored the best second-week results for an animated movie of all time. For its opening week, it posted $146.4 million. Movie locations remained virtually the same -- with a dominant 4,371 locations after 4,343 locations in its first weekend.
Over a two-week period, total revenue for the movie -- which riffs off the long-time video game -- is at $347.8 million domestically and $678 million globally.
Universal Studios is still big on national TV -- 801.9 billion impressions from TV messaging over a two-week period, according to iSpot.tv's projections.
-- twice as much as the next movie, “Chevalier” (at 402.9 billion) which has yet to open.
After the big results for "Super Mario” this past week is the debut of Sony Pictures' "The Pope’s Exorcist," which tallied a modest $9.2 million. Lionsgate's "John Wick: Chapter 4" -- in its fourth week -- got to $7.9 million.
Year-to-date, domestic box-office revenue is 37% higher to $2.34 billion so far, according to Comscore.
Three upcoming movies to be released next week, for April 21, are: MGM Studios' "Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant" at $3.5 million in national TV spend so far, per iSpot.tv estimates, followed by Walt Disney/Searchlight Pictures’ "Chevalier" ($4.4 million); Warner Bros.' "Evil Dead Rise" ($2.4 million).
The big summer season is ramping up. One big franchise movie coming is Disney/Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3," now at $12.9 million in TV spend, opening May 5.
Also ramping up is Sony Pictures "Big George Foreman" -- at $3.9 million in national TV spending, starting April 28.