April has been a groundbreaking month for the box office, with the animated film Mario setting multiple records and contributing to the month's total of nearly $900 million in earnings. This marks the third-highest box office total in history, following only April 2018 and April 2019, which featured Avengers films.
Mario has dominated the animated film category, setting numerous records including the highest-grossing opening weekend, sophomore frame, third frame, and fourth frame. With a domestic total of $490.0 million, it currently holds the title of the highest-grossing movie of 2023. Globally, Mario ranks #49 of all time with $1.02 billion in earnings.
Other notable box office performances came from Evil Dead Rise, and the coming-of-age comedy Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, which outperformed its genre predecessor, The Edge of Seventeen.
John Wick: Chapter 4 continued to attract audiences in its sixth week, now surpassing its predecessor, Parabellum, with a total of $176.1 million. The 40th-anniversary re-release of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi also fared well, earning $4.6 million in fifth place.
Guy Ritchie's The Covenant, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, opened with $6.2 million and showed a milder sophomore drop than other comparable adult-oriented action titles. The World War II action thriller Sisu debuted with $3.2 million, while the faith-based boxing biopic Big George Foreman entered the box office with a modest $3.0 million.
The strong April box office results can be attributed to various films, including Air and the Indian film Pony Silvan, which contributed to the month's total. The continued grosses of films like Dungeons & Dragons and John Wick demonstrate the steady recovery of the theatrical box office. As we move into the summer season, the industry eagerly awaits the performance of upcoming releases to further cement the resurgence of the theatrical experience.