B.O. Roundup, February 6-8: 'The SpongeBob Movie' Sticks it to 'American Sniper'

Sunday, 08 February 2015 12:16 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, February 6-8: 'The SpongeBob Movie' Sticks it to 'American Sniper'

After three weeks and many a broken record, American Sniper has slipped from its perch atop the box office chart.

Who had the huevos to knock the deadliest sniper in U.S. history from the number one spot?  None other than SpongeBob SquarePants.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water opened in first place this weekend, while long-delayed fantasy/scifi tales Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son debuted to middling commercial results.

SpongeBob's second leap from Nickelodeon to the big screen is going like gangbusters, earning an estimated $56.0 million from 3,641 theaters in North America. 

The first SpongeBob Movie, released way back in 2004, opened to the tune of $32 million on its way to an $85.4 million stateside gross.  The little yellow sponge's first film was a traditionally animated affair, but Sponge Out of Water slaps CGI SpongeBob, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and company into live action settings, upping the insanity in the process.

Between The LEGO Movie last year and SpongeBob this year, the second weekend of February is clearly an opportune time to drop a hyperactive animated movie.

In second place, American Sniper added another $24.1 million, according to current estimates, bringing the domestic total of Clint Eastwoood's modern war hagiography to a whopping $282.2 million.  Business isn't even slowing down too substantially; American Sniper eased just 21% from last weekend.  Already the biggest war movie ever made, it'll zip past the $300 million mark at some point in the next week.

Jupiter Ascending, a strange space opera from The Wachowskis, debuted in 3,181 theaters in the U.S. and Canada after having originally been scheduled to open last July.  The latest from the creators of The Matrix met Warner Bros.' modest expectations, making an estimated $19.0 million in third place.  No great shakes for a movie that cost $176 million to make, but Jupiter Ascending, with its huge visuals, ought to play well abroad.

In fourth place by a wide margin is Seventh Son, a frenetic fantasy adventure featuring heavy hitters Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.  After multiple delays amounting to more than a year and even a switch of distributors (from WB to Universal), Legenday's attempt to kick off a YA fantasy franchise had the feel of a critical and commercial whiff. 

Seventh Son looked like it smelled, getting shellacked by critics and opening on 2,875 theaters to just $7.1 million, based on estimates.

Paddington rounds out the top five, as you can see in our full top ten right here:

1. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water...........................................$56.0 million...............New Release

2. American Sniper...........................................................................................$24.1 million...............$282.2 million

3. Jupiter Ascending.........................................................................................$19.0 million...............New Release

4. Seventh Son..................................................................................................$7.1 million.................New Release

5. Paddington....................................................................................................$5.3 million.................$57.2 million

6. Project Almanac............................................................................................$5.3 million.................$15.7 million

7. The Imitation Game......................................................................................$4.8 million.................$74.7 million

8. The Wedding Ringer.....................................................................................$4.8 million.................$55.1 million

9. Black or White...............................................................................................$4.5 million.................$13.1 million

10. The Boy Next Door......................................................................................$4.1 million.................$30.8 million

SpongeBob's reign atop the box office heap is sure to be short-lived, since Fifty Shades of Grey pretty much guaranteed to tie down the number one spot next weekend. 

Kingsman: The Secret Service is also set to join the Valentine's Day fray next week.

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