And now it's confirmed: you can watch The Super Mario Bros. Movie online right now, as it's one of the top new movies to watch online this week. 2023's reigning box office-king apparently collected enough from ticket-buyers, and so it's ready to grab all the gold coins of audiences at home.
Yes, only 41 days will have stood between The Super Mario Bros. Movie's theatrical release and its digital video on-demand date. Having grossed over $522 million worldwide as the No. 1 earner of 2023, the Mario movie is breaking the trend many have become used to — as Top Gun: Maverick and Avatar: The Way of Water took much longer to hit digital.
Earlier this month, a Super Mario Movie streaming date leaked on digital retailers — which were then posted in a since-deleted tweet from the @WhenToStream online tracker. That post suggested (but didn't confirm) a May 9th drop, which has come and gone.
Now — following reports from that same account and reputable website IndieWire confidently stating May 16th is the Mario movie's online release date — Amazon has confirmed the date and time.
Where to watch The Super Mario Bros. Movie online
You can digitally purchase the The Super Mario Bros. Movie on Amazon for $29, it came out today (May 16th) at 12 a.m. ET.
That said, those in the UK will be waiting longer, as it's not coming to Amazon until July 9 across the pond. Australia and Canada versions of Amazon don't list a release date.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie: $29 @ Amazon
The film — which finds plumbers Mario and Luigi on their first adventure in the Mushroom Kingdom — drops on May 16, 2023.
Away from the U.S. but still want to watch?
How to watch The Super Mario Bros. Movie online anywhere, with a VPN
If you're out of the country, and missing American Amazon, where The Super Mario Bros. Movie comes out first online, you don't need to wait until you get home. Watching along with the rest of the internet can be pretty easy. With the right VPN (virtual private network), you can stream the show from wherever you go.
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Analysis: This Super Mario Bros. Movie date may seem early, but it makes sense
Yes, Mario's movie is still raking in more bucks than Bowser has Koopas, pulling in over 23 million in the week of May 5 to 11. That said, those pulls have steeply declined every week from April 14th to today, per BoxOfficeMojo.
For example, look at last week. Even though The Super Mario Bros. Movie was the No. 2 movie domestically, behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, that week's gross was 52.7% less than the week prior.
Distributor Universal Pictures, which has Fast X coming this week, knows that the box office is getting competitive, and a move to digital retailers at home is savvy. This way, they strike while the iron is still hot, pulling in $30 per sale (before retailers take their fees).