Box Office: “Spongebob” smothers “Sniper,” “Jupiter” descends, “Seventh Son” bombs

boxOver $53 million — not bad for February.

“The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water” is not out of cash, not by a long shot. A huge Friday points to a $53-55 million weekend for the 3D cartoon. The reviews weren’t bad, which doesn’t hurt. But parents starved for a movie to drop the kids into have lept on this one, giving Antonio Banderas his biggest hit since…”Puss in Boots.” The simmering Spaniard does well in kiddie fare. What can we say?

“American Sniper” is still making boatloads of money for Warner Brothers, another $20million plus weekend.

That’s good, because “Jupiter Ascending” isn’t — ascending. $18-20 million is not humiliating, but it points to a film that won’t earn back one fifth of what the studio has invested in it. Figure it’ll manage $35, all in. And they allegedly spent $175 making it. Back to “Bound” budgets, Wachowskis. It’s a blessing in disguise.

“Seventh Son” is part of a near year-long write-off for Universal, Home of the Flops. It won’t even hit $7 million. If nobody sees it, Julianne Moore’s Oscar is safe. I figure.

Kevin Costner’s “Black or White” is sticking around, holding enough audience for another weekend in the Top Ten. Go see it.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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