Move over summer action films and holiday dramas, audiences flocked to see the king of the krabby patty himself over the weekend, as “SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out Of Water” dominated theaters across the country. The film managed to beat-out Warner Bros. Pictures’ latest action-film “Jupiter Ascending,” both films opened this past weekend.
While the Wachowski’s sci-fi epic, “Jupiter Ascending,” did win the international box-office this week, it failed to claim the number one spot from everyone’s favorite yellow sponge domestically. “SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out Of Water” earned $56M in its weekend-debut for Paramount, and while “Jupiter Ascending” did manage to bring-in $19M domestically, it only took third-place overall. The film stars Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis and Eddie Redmayne, directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski, based off a script that they wrote themselves.
Dropping from number-one to number-two at the domestic box-office was “American Sniper,” also from Warner Bros. Pictures.That film saw a $24.1M gross across the nation and now sits just below $300M domestically with $282.2M overall. At number four was Universal Pictures’ latest release, “Seventh Son,” earning just $7.1M domestically in its opening weekend. That film stars Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges. The story follows a young apprentice that must fulfill his destiny and defeat the Mother Malkin haunting the land.
Wrapping-up the top-five this weekend was Paramount Pictures’ CGI film “Paddington” from The Weinstein Company, that film brought in another $5.4M to sit at $57M total domestically. Other notable films on the top-ten is the teen time-traveling sci-fi film “Project Almanac” from Paramount, that film brought in $5.3M and has now earned $15.7M overall. Universal’s “The Boy Next Door” starring Jennifer Lopez earned $4.M over the weekend, breaking $30M overall domestically. “The Imitation Game” from The WeinStein Company now sits just below $75M domestically, at $74.7M with its latest $4.8M weekend. That film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode.