Updated 05:56 AM EDT, Thu, Jun 04, 2020

'The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water' Release Date: 3 Reasons Why Film Could Top Box Office Weekend

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"American Sniper" remained unchanged in the top box office spot for three weeks now, but it seems that "The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" is going to give it a run for its money. According to Variety, the animated film is predicted to rake in $35 million in over 3,600 locations during opening weekend.

SpongeBob Squarepants (voiced by Tom Kenny) is an animated character who lives with his friends Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) Squidward (Tom Kenny) and Sandy (Carolyn Lawrence) in an underwater paradise called Bikini Bottom. He works as a cook for Mr Krab (Clancy Lawrence) at the Krusty Krab, which is known for its delicious Krabby Patties. The film, according to the New York Daily News, centers around the said patty recipe, or more appropriately, the disappearance thereof, which launched Bikini Bottom into chaos, and ultimately, leaving Spongebob and Mr Krab's mortal enemy, Plankton (Mr Lawrence) to venture onto land to find the recipe.

Deadline noted that the first time the character appeared on the big screen, it started off with $32 million at the box office, eventually earning $85 million domestically. But how could the film top the box office when "Jupiter Ascending" and "Seventh Son" are also opening the same weekend?

Here are the top 3 reasons Spongebob can lord over them:

- Spongebob is hitting the big screen just as winter vacations are starting, and if history is bound to repeat itself, Deadline noted that last year, "The Lego Movie" opened early in February to an amazing $69.1 million. Never underestimate the power of bored kids in large groups.

- The Los Angeles Times noted that "SpongeBob" is the most anticipated film of the weekend, with a score of 84 on Fandango. This could be because of the fact that nostalgia also plays a big role for the film's BO performance: about 98% of the people the online movie ticket company surveyed said that they watched the Sponge and his friends on Nickelodeon.

- Its brand of humor and witty sarcasm is not lost on adults, and considering that SpongeBob is a household name, Coming Soon noted that it is way too popular that no bad review could affect it - SpongeBob is a fun movie, and even though nobody could really say stellar things about it, the audience really won't care and no rotten tomato can keep it off the big screen.

Will you be watching SpongeBob when he comes to the big screen in his 3D glory, or will you be rather stay at home instead?

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