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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water trounces Jupiter Ascending in US

The Spongebob Movie

Story by Jack Foley

THE SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water has trounced the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending at the US box office, soaking up a massive $56 million in the process.

The family animated adventure was expected to do well but actually over-performed, leaving little joy for the weekend’s other new releases, particularly as Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper continued to go great guns.

The Bradley Cooper star vehicle held onto second spot in its fourth weekend, earning $24.2 million, to bring its overall US total to $282.3 million.

That left Juipter Ascending to claim third spot with just $19 million debut, a million miles short of the $179 million it cost to produce. Incredibly, it also marks the Matrix siblings’ third consecutive flop after Cloud Atlas and Speed Racer.

Commenting on the film’s performance, Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president, told Variety”: The Wachowkis have an incredible history of making fan favourite films. This didn’t hit the wide audience their films have in the past, but they’ll do better in the future.”

Jupiter Ascending stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis and was originally scheduled to open in July 2014, but was pushed back to accommodate complex special effects.

Another weekend flop was the Jeff Bridges fantasy adventure Seventh Son, which spluttered to just $7.1 million despite costing $95 million to make. That figure will be particularly hard to take for distributor Legendary, who just weeks ago were forced to write off another $90 million because of the box office under-performance of another of their expensive releases, the Michael Mann cyber-terrorism thriller Blackhat.

Rounding out the US top five was Paddington, which brought in $5.4 million, to bring its US total to a much better than expected $57 million.

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