The Super Mario Bros. Movie is currently playing in theaters but many Mario fans are asking when Nintendo and Illumination plan on releasing the Mario movie on streaming platforms.
While the film has been bashed by many critics, earning a 56% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Those that talk with their wallets (the moviegoers) gave Mario a 96% on RT and it received an "A" rating on CinemaScore.
On top of this, the Mario movie just passed $1 Billion at the worldwide box office, the first movie to do so in 2023!
This kid-friendly animated picture is set to rejuvenate Mario on the big screen after the infamous 1993 Super Mario Bros. live-action movie. In a joint production between the gaming studio and Illumination (best known for Despicable Me, Minions, and The Secret Life of Pets), the new Mario had the highest budget in the animation studio's history (around $100 million).
After its huge box office run, when can families expect to watch The Super Mario Bros. Movie at home?
Super Mario Bros. Movie Streaming Release Date (Peacock, Netflix & VoD)
As part of a licensing agreement signed in 2021 (a major time of flux in the movie industry during the global pandemic), Universal agreed to share its animated films (Dreamworks and Illumination) with Netflix, Amazon, and parent service Peacock.
After being available to purchase, the film will go on Peacock for four months, then move to Netflix for the next ten, and finally head back to Peacock for the final four. Simple, right?
When will Super Mario Bros. release on video on demand platforms?
It has already been over a month since The Mario Movie hit theaters, with no video-on-demand release date officially announced yet. This is likely because the movie is still performing well at the box office, despite competition from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish was released digitally a mere 16 days after its December 2022 theatrical premiere, while Minions: The Rise of Gru hit video-on-demand 32 days after its Summer 2022 debut.
Given the Mario movie's success and Illumination's VoD track record, it seems certain that The Super Mario Bros. Movie will release on VoD sometime in late May.
So, when will The Super Mario Bros. Movie hit Peacock?
June 23, 2023, is the most probable date for Mario and Luigi's adventure to the Mushroom Kingdom to hit Peacock. Minions 2 hit the streamer 84 days after its release, while Puss in Boots: The Last Wish hit the NBCUniversal service on March 10, 79 days after theatrical opening.
What about The Super Mario Bros. Movie on Netflix?
This would equate to The Super Mario Bros. Movie hitting Netflix approximately four months later on October 23, 2023.
Before it's made available at home, Mario Bros. is set to dominate the April box office and could even break Illumination's worldwide earnings record of $1.15 billion (set by 2015's Minions).
The Super Mario Bros. Movie is playing now in theaters worldwide.