In just six days, The Super Mario Bros. Movie has earned over $400 million worldwide. Officially, as an animated film it now has the best opening week of all time. Distributed by Universal Pictures, the movie was produced by both Illumination and Nintendo; with a budget of $100 million.
For Nintendo, the film’s record-breaking release represents a major win; 30 years ago (in 1993) the gaming giant released Mario, a live-action adaption which bombed at the box office. In 1986, the anime film Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach! was also released, but only in Japan.
Today, the Library of Congress announced that music composed for the Super Mario Bros. video games (first produced in the 1980s by Koji Kondo) has been added to their archive. The induction of Kondo’s 1985 “Ground Theme” makes it the very first soundtrack for a video game added to the National Recording Registry.
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