Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water–Sequel Dominates Box-Office

Paramount’s “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” is dominating the U.S. box office, hitting $15.2 million Friday as it heads for an impressive $52 million opening weekend at 3,641 U.S. locations.

That’s nearly triple the take for Warner Bros.’ expensive  “Jupier Ascending,” which opened with $6.4 million Friday and will finish its first weekend at around $18 million from 3,181 theaters, according to Saturday estimates. Legendary’s action fantasy “Seventh Son” also opened weakly with $2.3 million Friday for a mild $6.5 million weekend for Universal.

The “SpongeBob” sequel’s results came in far above recent projections, which had pegged the family comedy for a $35 million launch.

“SpongeBob” will finish only 25% behind the impressive $69 million launch of Warner’s “The Lego Movie,” which opened on the same weekend last year.

“SpongeBob” scored well with reviewers, getting a 74% fresh rating on the Rotten Tomatoes site.
It achieved a “B” grade from Cinema Score.  Half of the audience was under 18 and gave the film an A- score.
The movie combines live action and animation, including the TV characters of Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Carolyn Lawrence and Mr. Lawrence.
It opens 11 years after “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” grossed more than $130 million worldwide.