Paramount’s ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ Topped Re-Opening Weekend Box Office

Paramount Animation’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, the third installment in the cartoon movie franchise that saw its theatrical debut earlier this year scuttled due to the coronavirus pandemic, quietly topped the domestic weekend (Aug. 14-16) box office with $900,000 in ticket sales across 300 screens, according to Box Office Mojo.

The weekend saw several major movie exhibitors, including Cinemark, AMC Theatres and Regal, re-open select screens across the country showing largely catalog fare and some new releases. In total, there were more than 1,000 screens operating across the country, including Imax.

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Sponge on the Run, which had been delayed twice at the box office since its original May 22 debut, had most-recently been taken off Paramount’s theatrical slate and scheduled for premium VOD release and CBS All Access in 2021.

Other top performing titles last weekend included The Tax Collector, which generated $203,000 in ticket sales in its second week of release from AMC Networks’ RLJ Entertainment. The Shia LaBeouf starrer has sold more than $634,000 in tickets since its debut. The Rental sold $78,000 in ticket sales for $1.65 million in worldwide box office revenue since its July 24 debut from director/star David Franco.

The Big Ugly (Vertical Entertainment), Made in Italy (IFC Films) and Sony Pictures Classic’s The Burnt Orange Heresy generated $24,000, $21,000 and $14,500 in ticket sales, respectively. The films have generated a combined $671,000 at the domestic box office over the past 24 weeks.

Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life remains the top-grossing box office title in 2020 with $204.4 million in ticket sales since its Jan. 17 debut.

Netflix Acquires Foreign Streaming Rights to ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’

Paramount Animation’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, the third movie installment in the popular cartoon franchise that saw its theatrical debut scuttled due to the coronavirus pandemic, is reportedly set to stream on Netflix outside the United States.

Paramount earlier this year said that after two theatrical delays, Sponge on the Run would skip the box office, with the studio opting instead to offer the $60 million budgeted movie on premium VOD in 2021, followed by streaming on CBS All Access.

Netflix can stream the movie internationally at any time, with the exception of China where it does not have independent service, according to Variety, which cited sources familiar with the deal. Financial details of the license agreement, which includes Canada, were not disclosed.

For Netflix, Sponge on the Run represents a feature film from a franchise with a proven track record and international appeal. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie generated $54.7 million at the international box office in 2004. The 2015 sequel, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, generated $162.1 million, or about 50% the movie’s global ticket sales outside the U.S.