Paramount has reason to celebrate as The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water will finish up the weekend with $56 million, according to Deadline. That's a 75% better opening the 2004 SpongeBob movie. That's the fifth best February opening weekend and second best February opening for an animated film. Last year's The Lego Movie has the record with $69.1 million.
Meanwhile, American Sniper continue to perform well. It only experienced a 21% drop this weekend to finish in second place with $24.1 million. It is only $18 million short of a $300 million domestic total.
Things aren't so good for Jupiter Ascending, which supposedly cost Warner Bros. over $200 million to make. It will finish in third with a modest $19 million weekend, which is $1 million below the studios expectations. Things are even worse for Seventh Son, which will finish in fourth place with a paltry $7.1 million.
1). The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water* (Par), 3,641 theaters / $15M Fri. /$24.2M Sat. (+62%)/ $16.7M Sun. (-31%)/ 3-Day: $56M/ Wk 1
2). American Sniper (WB), 3,885 theaters (0)/ $6.2M Fri. /$11.2M Sat. (+80%)/ $6.7M Sun. (-40%)/3-Day: $24.1M (-21%)/Total cume: $282.2M/ Wk 7
3). Jupiter Ascending* (WB), 3,181 theaters / $6.3M Fri. /$7.6M Sat. (+19%)/ $4.9M Sun. (-35%)/ 3-Day: $19M/ Wk 1
4). Seventh Son* (UNI), 2,875 theaters / $2.2M Fri. /$2.9M Sat. (+31%)/ $1.8M Sun. (-39%)/ 3-Day: $7.1M/ Wk 1
5/6). Paddington (TWC), 2,888 theaters (-415) / $1.1M Fri. /$2.5M Sat. (+132%)/ $1.6M Sun. (-35%)/ 3-Day: $5.3M (-35%) / Total cume: $57.2M /Wk 4
Project Almanac (Par), 2,900 theaters (+7) / $1.4M Fri. /$2.4M Sat. (+65%)/ $1.3M Sun. (-44%)/ 3-Day: $5.3M (-36%)/ Total cume: $15.7M/Wk 2
7). The Imitation Game (TWC), 1,963 theaters (-439) / $1.2M Fri./ $2.2M Sat. (+77%)/ $1.3M Sun. (-40%)/ 3-Day: $4.8M (-3%)/Total cume: $74.7M / Wk 11
8). The Wedding Ringer (Sony), 2,138 theaters (-682)/ $1.3M Fri. /$2.2M Sat. (+67%)/ $1.2M Sun. (-43%)/ 3-Day: $4.8M (-16%)/ Total cume: $55.1M /Wk 40comments
9). Black or White (REL), 1,823 theaters (0) / $1.2M Fri. /$2M Sat. (+63%)/ $1.1M Sun. (-45%)/ 3-Day: $4.5M (-27%) / Total cume: 13.1M/Wk 2
10). The Boy Next Door (UNI), 2,193 theaters (-422)/ $1.2M Fri. /$1.8M Sat. (+52%)/ $1M Sun. (-44%)/ 3-Day: $4.1M (-33%)/ Total cume: $30.8M/Wk 3