More than a decade after the first SpongeBob movie hit theaters, fans of the series were more than ready for another trip to the Krusty Krab.
“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” crushed all expectations by opening to an amazing $56 million, one of the best debuts ever in the month of February.
Sponge Out of Water’s $56 million debut is up a whopping 75 percent from the first SpongeBob’s $32 million opening in 2004. The film’s audience was 53 percent male and 60 percent under the age of 25. That’s probably older than what the studios were expecting, but its a huge win regardless. Those who saw “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” awarded the movie a “B” CinemaScore.
Playing at 3,181 locations, “Jupiter Ascending” opened in a distant third place with a disappointing $19 million this weekend. That’s barely above another Wachowskis flop, “Speed Racer” ($18.6 million). Considering the film cost over $175 million to produce, Warner Bros. can’t be happy with that opening.
Warner Bros. is reporting that the audience was 57 percent male and 82 percent over the age of 25. Showings in 3D accounted for 52 percent of ticket sales. Moviegoers awarded Jupiter Ascending a weak “B-” CinemaScore. Add that to poor reviews (22 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and it’s a foregone conclusion that this movie will be out of theatres very soon.
As bad as “Jupiter Ascending” performed this weekend, “Seventh Son” performed even worse. In fourth place, “Seventh Son” bombed with an estimated $7.1 million. How bad was that? Its lower than 2014 flops “I, Frankenstein” ($8.6 million), “The Legend of Hercules” ($8.9 million) and “Pompeii” ($10.3 million). Ouch, that’s gotta hurt.
According to distributor Universal Pictures, the movie’s audience was 61 percent male and 53 percent were 30 years of age or older. They awarded the movie a “B-” CinemaScore. And with a 10 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, will also fade away quickly.
Your top five things to watch besides football:
1. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water — $56 million
2. American Sniper — $24.2 million
3. Jupiter Ascending — $19 million
4. Seventh Son — $7.1 million
5. Paddington — $5.4 million