Pratt Fight: ‘Guardians Vol. 3’ Battle ‘Super Mario Bros.’ for Streaming Crown

By: Sean Burch|August 11, 2023

It’s Chris Pratt’s streaming world, and Hollywood is just living in it.

That was the case last weekend, at least, after two films Pratt recently starred in — “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” and “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” —  both made their streaming debuts. Fans were clearly excited about it, too, with both movies landing atop Whip Media’s movie ranker, which looks at the most streamed movies of the weekend in the U.S. (As always, Whip Media’s weekly ranker is based on viewership data from TV Time, its TV and movie tracking app with more than 26 million global registered users.)

Still, there could only be one streaming winner, and that honor went to “Guardians Vol. 3,” which gave Disney+ its first top-ranked movie of the week since early June.

And as TheWrap noted, “that may come as a small surprise” to those who follow the entertainment world closely, considering “Mario Bros.” made $1.3 billion at the box office earlier this year. “Guardians Vol. 3” didn’t do so bad, either, with about $850 million in global ticket sales, but it still fell well short of the legendary Nintendo character.

A couple key points from TheWrap’s story on why that was the case:

The Guardians had a few things working in their favor over Mario and Luigi. For one thing, “Guardians Vol. 3” had a head start on “Mario Bros.,” hitting Disney+ on Aug. 2, one day before “Super Mario Bros.” debuted on Peacock.

It’s also worth mentioning that “Guardians Vol. 3” was streaming on a much bigger service. Disney+ had 46 million subscribers in the U.S. and Canada at the end of June — making it nearly two times bigger than Peacock, which recently reported it had 24 million subscribers (all in the U.S.) at the end of Comcast’s second quarter.

Either way, the results are a clear win for Pratt — as well as Peacock and Disney+.

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