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By TORI RUTHERFORD Staff Writer Nineteen-nineties kids rejoice! Our favourite underwater fry cook is back, in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water! The second feature-length film of our absorbent, yellow, porous hero takes place mainly in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom where we find Mr. Krabs’ top-secret Krabby Patty formula has been stolen, but not by who you think. Sponge Out of Water has a real-life villain, Burger Beard, played by Antonio Banderas, who uses a magical book to rewrite the story of Bikini Bottom and steal the secret formula. SpongeBob, with his best friends, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward and Mr. Krabs must travel above the surface to get the formula back and save Bikini Bottom from an apocalyptic state.Fans of the first film, The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie, will remember that when SpongeBob and Patrick reached the surface they dried out almost instantly. Thanks to some divine intervention from a galaxy-supervising dolphin that dons an Illuminati broach on his cloak, our heroes are able to confront the formula stealing pirate. Christy Lemire wrote, “Truly, this movie gets gloriously drug-induced about halfway through,” in her review of the movie for Roger Ebert. The film was released on Feb. 6, making $15 million in box office sales on its opening day and a whopping $24.3 million the following day. That is approximately $5.5 million more than its predecessor’s release and $10.6 million more by the second day. SpongeBob and his pals beat out Jupiter Ascending, which grossed $6.4 million on its release date of Feb. 6, as well as Seventh Son, grossing $2.3 million on the same day. The film resonated well with children and young adults. Alex Foster, 20, St. Catharines said, “The movie is so childish yet hysterical at the same time.” In an interview before the film’s release, voice actor Tom Kenny, who is the voice of SpongeBob, told Huffington Post that audiences should expect “strange and weird” from the film. “It’s a movie that goes out of its way to be strange and weird, which is what I love,” said Kenny. “You know, everything I loved as a kid was strange and weird. Everything my kids love, they tend to go for the strange and weird.” As with all cartoons, whether they be TV shows or movies, you’re better off not questioning the science of some scenes. Kenny said, “[They can have a fire underwater for] the same reason they can go to a beach but they live underwater. You cannot question cartoon science. You cannot apply Vulcan logic to Bikini Bottom science.”