‘American Sniper’ Breaks Box Office Records After Oscar Nominations

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‘American Sniper’ Breaks Box Office Records After Oscar Nominations.

NEW YORK — Oscar-nominated “American Sniper” led North American box office charts over the weekend with a record-smashing $90.2 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates. “American Sniper” virtually doubled industry expectations after widely expanding to some 3,500 screens from just a handful of theaters the day after scoring six Oscar nominations, including best picture and best actor for Cooper, who plays a Navy Seal sharpshooter. LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch)—The Martin Luther King holiday could prove to be a bonanza for Clint Eastwood’s war drama “American Sniper”—perhaps finally lifting one of Oscar’s eight best-picture nominees into bona fide hit status.LOS ANGELES — Hollywood is prone to superlatives, but this one is truly jaw dropping: “American Sniper,” which arrived in wide release on Friday, is expected to sell about $105.2 million in tickets in North America over the four-day holiday weekend.Filmmaker Michael Moore has slammed snipers as ‘cowards’ who ‘shoot you in the back’ – the same weekend the Oscar-tipped movie American Sniper hit cinemas.

The huge box-office take for the biopic about decorated marksman Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper, more than doubled industry estimates coming into the weekend, to the delight of “Sniper” distributor Warner Bros. “People in small towns, big and small cities, in the heartland, in both red and blue states, people who go to the movies once every year or two, they all came out,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros.’ domestic distribution chief. Pictures, Kyle Gallner, left, and Bradley Cooper appear in a scene from “American Sniper.” The film is based on the autobiography by Chris Kyle. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures) Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper has already surpassed tracking expectations for the holiday weekend, pulling in a projected $90.2 million (Dh331 million) in the US and Canada from Friday through Sunday.

Dan Fellman, head of domestic distribution at the Time Warner Inc. unit Warner Bros., which distributed “American Sniper,” said it had become “an instant cultural phenomenon.” The $30.5 million is a record for the opening day of wide release in January and is likely to propel the film to a new weekend record for the first month of the year. And invaders r worse.’ Based on Kyle’s autobiography of the same name, the film reveals not only how he became so successful, but also how the trauma of fighting in Iraq never left him. Kyle was killed in 2013 at a Texas gun range by an emotionally troubled veteran he was trying to help. “The previews looked really intense, and I was curious about it being a true story,” said Eric Davidson, 19, who saw the movie with two friends in Indianapolis on Friday. “I immediately recommended it on Twitter.

Coming out the other side of that was a huge accomplishment and it always makes you stronger, whether you fail or succeed, you gain different things from that”. Everyone’s talking about it.” The film gave Hollywood its biggest January weekend opening ever, beating “Avatar,” which took in $74.4 million in 2010, after adjusting for inflation. The film has been directed by Clint Eastwood and scripted by Paranoia’s Jason Hall. ‘American Sniper’ also stars Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Jake McDorman as well as Sam Jaeger and Cory Hardrict in supporting roles. The eight nominees for best picture turned in a cumulative $205.1 million by the time the nominations were announced on Thursday, or little more than $25 million apiece. In 2003, he was deployed to Iraq, where he made his first long-distance kills — including that woman with the grenade — although he had not actually been trained as sniper.

That’s the worst average performance by best-picture nominees up to that point in the awards process, and it appears none will be able to reach the $100 million mark at any point during their U.S. theatrical run. A case in point is “Selma,” a biopic from Paramount Pictures VIA, +2.85% about the bloody 1965 civil rights march led by King, and one of the eight nominated films.

While the fortunes of “Sniper” are likely to soar over the three-day weekend, when moviegoers are expected to flock to the theaters, “Selma” could suffer on a day that it otherwise might capitalize on its historical ties to the Monday King holiday. “Selma” also was in limited release for two weeks before going to wider distribution this past weekend and finishing in second place. Still, the studio was already fully committed to the wide release of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” and the overall Christmas box office was crowded with competing films; securing additional theatrical space for the wide-release of “American Sniper” would be difficult. Moore won an Oscar in 2002 for his documentary Bowling For Columbine, exploring gun violence in America and the main reasons for the Columbine High School massacre. Last year Moore wrote on his Facebook page that that while other countries have more violent histories than the U.S., more guns per capita and consume the same violent movies and video games as the U.S., but none have anywhere near the rates of mass killings that America does.

He explained: ‘The bloodshed is just the latest in what is fast becoming a regular occurrence in the United States, and one that is sure to happen again, says Moore. ‘When the NRA says, “Guns don’t kill people – people kill people,” they’ve got it half-right.

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