Paramount’s children’s comedy The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water arrived in grand style thanks to an estimated $56m that scored the fifth biggest February launch of all time.
Warner Bros opened sci-fi adventure Jupiter Ascending in third place on a lacklustre $19m and Legendary-Universal’s fantasy epic Seventh Son debuted in fourth place on a disappointing $7.1m.
Both films were in action on Imax, with the former grossing $2.2m from 334 and Seventh Son grossing $665,000 from 337 screens.
American Sniper fell to number two and has amassed $282.3m after seven sessions through Warner Bros. Paddington ranks fifth via TWC and stands at $57.3m after four.
Overall box office for the top 12 of $139.3m gained 64.8% on last weekend and less than 1% on the comparable session in 2014.
This week’s wide releases are Fifty Shades Of Grey via Focus Features and Kingsman: The Secret Service through Fox.
Estimated top 10 North America Feb 6-8 2015
Film (Dist) / Est wkd gross / Est total to date
1 (-) The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water (Paramount) PPI $56m —
2 (1) American Sniper (Warner Bros) WBPI $24.2m $282.3m
3 (-) Jupiter Ascending (Warner Bros) WBPI $19m —
4 (-) Seventh Son (Legendary-Universal) UPI $7.1m -
5 (3) Paddington (TWC-Dimension) StudioCanal $5.4m $57.3m
6 (-) Project Almanac (Paramount) PPI $5.3m $15.8m
7 (7) The Imitation Game (TWC) FilmNation $4.9m $74.7m
8 (6) The Wedding Ringer (Screen Gems) SPRI $4.8m $55.1m
9 (4) Black Or White (Relativity) IM Global $4.5m $13.1m
10 (5) The Boy Next Door (Universal) UPI $4.1m $30.9m