Jupiter Ascending, Seventh Son and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water open in wide release this weekend.
Recapping Last Weekend
American Sniper again topped the box office last weekend, bringing in $30.6 million. Project Almanac, which was a pretty enjoyable movie, was a distant second with $8.3 million. Paddington, which was excellent, finished right behind with $8.267 million. Black or White, which was disappointing considering it stars Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, finished fourth with $6.2 million. The Boy Next Door rounded out the top five with just over $6 million in receipts. A bright spot in the Jennifer Lopez thriller is Ryan Guzman, who is much better in his role as the insane boy next door than he was in Step Up All In.
Predicting This Weekend
ScreenRant is predicting the The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water will knock American Sniper from its perch atop the weekend box office. The site is predicting the film will open in the $25 million range, below the 2004 SpongeBob movie that opened with $32 million. The film will get a boost from higher-priced 3D showings. Variety is predicting a $35 million opening weekend for SpongeBob with Jupiter Ascending and American Sniper behind it at $21-$23 million. Variety also pegs Jupiter’s total budget in the $175 million range. ScreenRant is pegging Jupiter Ascending for an $18 million opening weekend. Variety puts Seventh Son at between $7-$10 million this weekend while ScreenRant narrows that with an $8 million prediction.
Opening This Weekend
Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in the action-adventure-fantasy, Jupiter Ascending. The spaceships in the film were designed by George Hull, who drew inspiration from landmarks and architecture around Chicago. Andy and Lana Wachowski directed Jupiter Ascending and also wrote and directed The Matrix movies. As with any movie, you’ll need to suspend belief to a degree. Mila Kunis plays a janitor in the film who finds out she is in line to rule the world. Kunis filmed the movie before she became pregnant, which allowed her to do many of her own stunts. Channing Tatum was apparently paid enough to do this movie that he allowed the directors to give him horrible hair both on his head and face.
Jupiter Ascending will open tomorrow at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis. The theater will show the film in 2D and 3D.
Another action-adventure-fantasy, Seventh Son stars Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges. This film has been talked about since at least 2011 and finally makes its way to screens this weekend. This one opened in late December overseas and has earned $82 million thus far, which is very important since it cost about $95 million to make. Thomas Tull of Legendary Entertainment has previously backed huge hits like The Hangover, Batman and Superman franchises as well as 300 and one of the Godzilla movies. It’s safe to say this project is more of a nightmare for him.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
The lovable SpongeBob cast goes on a quest to find a stolen recipe that takes them out of their animated world and into the real world, where they take on a pirate. Antonio Banderas voices Burger Beard the pirate, Tomy Kenny voices SpongeBob and Bill Fagerbakke voices Patrick. The film’s budget was around $66 million before marketing expenses.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Keller 8 Cinema in South County welcomes Unbroken, The Theory of Everything and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb this weekend.
Make It A Redbox Night
John Wick and Get On Up are among the new movies available at your local Redbox this week.
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