Despite receiving some unfavorable reviews, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is on track to gross no less than $1 billion at the box office.
The film will get released in Japan on April 28 after having a successful run in North America and Europe.
Shigeru Miyamoto, the man behind Mario, recently talked to the Japanese media ahead of the big release there.
Miyamoto contends that whereas unfavorable reviews frequently have the opposite effect on a film’s box office results, this time around, they might have just helped his movie to a certain extent.
Miyamoto told Japanese press that “You need some luck to achieve this level of success with a film. While many foreign critics have given the movie relatively low ratings, I think that also contributed to the movie’s notoriety and buzz.”
It’s difficult to determine whether Miyamoto’s assertion that bad evaluations had a beneficial effect was accurate or not, however.
Both the success of the film and its unfavorable critical reviews are undoubtedly the result of several factors.
Critics critiqued several of the components that viewers loved, such as the numerous allusions to Nintendo video games.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie is in reality quite faithful to its original material, and audiences of all ages have really appreciated that decision by the creators.
Of course, every review is subjective, and not everyone can simply enjoy every single movie out there.
All in all, regardless of the negative reviews, it appears that The Super Mario Bros. Movie has been more than successful enough to inspire many additional adaptations of Nintendo titles in the future.
The film’s post-credit scene teases a sequel, and spin-offs have also received a lot of attention.
Although Nintendo, Universal, and Illumination have not yet made any formal announcements, speculation about what lies ahead has already begun.
It remains to be seen if critics will be much friendlier to sequel movies, but viewers probably won’t care either way!