‘SpongeBob’ Soars to $52 Million Opening, ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Falling to $18 Million

February 7, 2015 4:25 PM

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‘SpongeBob’ Soars to $52 Million Opening, ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Falling to $18 Million

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 “Jupiter 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 mi...

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