After dominating the box office for three straight weeks, war drama “American Sniper” will fall this weekend… to a talking sponge.
Playing at 3,641 locations, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” arrives in theaters over a decade after the first SpongeBob movie opened to $32 million on its way to a very respectable $85.4 million. Of course, many of those fans have since grown up. Realizing this, Paramount and Nickelodeon have gone out of their way to make sure new and old fans know this movie is all-new and all-different.
As the movie’s title suggests, this time out SpongeBob and his friends Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, Sandy, and the rest head to the surface world, becoming CGI characters. I find this kind of disturbing, but hey, it worked for the Smurfs.
Anyway, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” should open in the $33-35 million ballpark, which would be more than enough to take the top spot from Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper.”
Also hitting theatres this weekend is “Jupiter Ascending,” a sci-fi epic written and directed by the Wachowskis and starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. The biggest problem facing this movie is the Wachowskis siblings, who have struggled for years to match the success of their Matrix trilogy. Granted only one Matrix movie was any good, but the trilogy was still extremely successful.
“Jupiter Ascending” has been in the can for some time, Originally the movie was scheduled to open last Summer, but Warner decided to push it back into the movie wasteland known as February. If this movie has anything going for it, it’s probably its star Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis.
Both are very popular, and geeks like me will see anything Mila Kunis is in. “Jupiter Ascending” is opening at 3,181 locations, and should earn about $20 million.
And finally, almost three years after principal photography began, “Seventh Son” finally arrives in 2,872 theaters this weekend. I have no clue what this movie is about, other than it features Jeff Bridges talking about some kid who is the seventh son of the seventh son. Whatever this movie is about, its gonna bomb, hard. “Seventh Son” will likely finish in fourth place with $7-8 million.