Weekend Forecast: 'Jupiter Ascending', 'Seventh Son', & 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water'
Featured Stories - on February 04, 2015 by BoxOffice Staff
The first full weekend of February sees the wide release of three new films.
- Stars Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, and Sean Bean could attract a variety of audiences.
- Warner Bros.' aggressive marketing campaign, as well as its IMAX release, has raised a fair amount of awareness.
- Flixster activity is pacing ahead of Edge of Tomorrow.
- Tatum proved with White House Down that even he can't turn every film into a hit.
- The Wachowskis have burnt off most of the goodwill they earned with The Matrix following the release of Speed Racer and the semi-cult hit Cloud Atlas.
- Twitter and Facebook buzz leave something to be desired compared to most big budget sci-fi/fantasy pics.
- Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore bring their star credentials.
- Flixster activity is solid, more than doubling that of Dracula Untold before release.
- The IMAX release could help tack on extra dollars.
- The film's multiple release delays don't offer much confidence in commercial potential.
- Competing against the more strongly-marketed Jupiter also won't do it any favors.
- Twitter and Facebook activity are significantly behind that of Dracula Untold and Hercules.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
- Other than Paddington, kids haven't had much to choose from in theaters since the holidays.
- The SpongeBob brand is still relatively healthy.
- Facebook and Twitter buzz are very encouraging heading into opening weekend.
- It's been over a decade since the first SpongeBob movie, which earned a modest $85 million domestically. Will families still turn out?
- Flixster fan anticipation leaves much to be desired.
Check out our complete weekend forecast in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Weekend||Domestic Total through Sunday, Feb. 8|
|The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water||Feb 6, 2015||Paramount
|American Sniper||Dec 25, 2014||Warner Bros.
|Jupiter Ascending||Feb 6, 2015||Warner Bros.
|Seventh Son||Feb 6, 2015||Universal
|Paddington||Jan 16, 2015||Weinstein / Dimension
|Black or White||Jan 30, 2015||Relativity Media
|Project Almanac||Jan 30, 2015||Paramount
|The Wedding Ringer||Jan 16, 2015||Sony / Screen Gems
|The Imitation Game||Nov 28, 2014||Weinstein Company
|The Boy Next Door||Jan 23, 2015||Universal
Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.