‘SpongeBob’ Jumps To Top Box Office Spot While ‘Jupiter’ Descends

By Alyssa Pereira

The ‘SpongeBob’ character might be over fifteen years old, but the premise feels as fresh as ever, according to this weekend’s box office numbers.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water opened to an incredible $56 million, which lands it as one of the biggest February openings ever.

However, that title may well be short-lived, with both Kingsman: The Secret Service and 50 Shades of Grey both opening next weekend.

The film, which places its characters in the real world and satirized currently popular superhero films, was a hit with young audiences (60% of audiences were under age 25), and offered its trademark family humor. The film is poised to earn over $150 million.

Jupiter Ascending, starring Mila Kunis, bombed this weekend, only earning around $19 million. The sci-fi flick wasn’t able to translate its confusing plot in its marketing strategy, and its aesthetic seemed a bit cheesy at times. The film will likely drop off of the Top 10 quickly.

Also premiering this week was Seventh Son, which premiered in fourth place with $7.1 million. The film, which garnered a startlingly low 10% score on Rotten Tomatoes, will probably take in less than $20 million by the time the box office run ends.

Here’s the full Box Office (via Box Office Mojo):

1. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water  $56,000,000
2. American Sniper $24,165,000
3. Jupiter Ascending $19,000,000
4. Seventh Son $7,101,000
5. Paddington $5,365,000
6. Project Almanac $5,330,000
7. The Imitation Game $4,881,000
8. The Wedding Ringer $4,800,000
9. Black or White $4,520,000
10. The Boy Next Door $4,101,000


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