‘Kingsman,’ ‘SpongeBob’ Hold Up Under ‘Grey’


You might think from all the hubbub that Fifty Shades of Grey was the only movie to do well at the box office this weekend. But it was also a strong weekend for the indie comic-book adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.

Kingsman is based on a comic called The Secret Service, published by Marvel’s Icon imprint from writer Mark Millar of Kick-Ass fame and artist Dave Gibbons of Watchmen acclaim. Directed by Matthew Vaughn, director of both X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass, the Fox release posted a strong $42 million domestic opening-weekend gross — including the President’s Day holiday. That’s good for second place, behind Fifty Shades’ massive $85 million domestic opening. Kingsman has earned $43.8 million in foreign markets for an $85 million worldwide gross.

Just behind Kingsman is SpongeBob, which took in an estimated $40 million for the three-day weekend. That gives it a $103 million domestic gross and, with a $46 million foreign gross to date, a $149 million worldwide gross after two weekends in release.

Landing in fifth place for the weekend is the Wachowski siblings’ Jupiter Ascending, earning an estimated $10.7 million in domestic ticket sales. That brings the movie to a $33 million domestic gross. With a foreign gross of $58.9 million, the film has a global gross of $92.7 million.

And seventh place went to the little bear that could: Paddington sold an estimated $5.4 million in domestic movie tickets to bring its total gross to $64 million. The movie’s overseas take of $154 million gives the hybrid feature a $217 million worldwide total gross.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service