‘American Sniper’ Crushes Box Office Records With HUGE Weekend

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‘American Sniper’ smashes records with $90M 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. “American Sniper” was breaking records and taking names at the box office this weekend, exceeding all January expectations by making over $90 million in three days.IN ORDER to put on 40-plus pounds for his role in American Sniper, Bradley Cooper was forced to consume four times the recommended calories of an average person per day. “Bradley used his own trainer, who was busting on him.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. The Clint Eastwood-directed war film surpassed all other of Eastwood’s films, including “Gran Torino” in 2009. “American Sniper” made more in one day than that film did the entire weekend. “This is staggering.

Clint Eastwood’s drama about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle has made quite a bit since it opened in only four theatres on Christmas, and the Warner Bros film expanded its release last week in the US. I think he was working out four hours a day for several months,” adds Hall of Cooper’s fitness regimen. “He was determined to do it naturally, he didn’t want to use any hormones or steroids or anything. While America’s coastal intelligentsia busied itself with chatter over little-seen art dramas like “Boyhood” and “Birdman,” everyday Americans showed up en masse for a patriotic, pro-family picture that played more like a summer superhero blockbuster than an R-rated war drama with six Oscar nominations. It’s blockbuster numbers in January, the sort of numbers usually reserved for summer films and superhero movies,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst for global media company Rentrak, said.

It’s a transformation that had Kyle’s widow, Taya, in tears the first time she saw the film, and she’s been talking about how Cooper captured her husband’s essence. He was just very systematic about it and took his trainer with him wherever he went.” On top of the massive intake of food and gruelling workouts, Cooper also worked with a vocal coach twice a day and spent hours watching footage of Kyle to make sure he nailed his performance of him. “He managed to find this essence of Chris Kyle,” Hall explains. “This almost spiritual mentality of the man and what drove him. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper” joins another unexpected hit, Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” in turning out a conservative, heartland crowd that surprised Hollywood in its size. “Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico — all absolutely massive,” said Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros., which released “American Sniper.” But unlike “Unbroken,” Mr. In the intense Oscar-nominated film, Bradley Cooper plays Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL sharpshooter that was later killed by a fellow soldier suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. (RELATED: Seth Rogen: ‘American Sniper’ Like Fake Nazi Propaganda Film) The film has been building an audience and blasting any projections all weekend.” The $105 million tally is more than double what analysts were expecting,Dergarabedian says.

The shooter, a member of the elite American Navy SEAL commando unit, continued to scan the scene from an old building at the edge of the village. ‘It was my duty to shoot, and I don’t regret it,’ he said later. ‘My shots saved several Americans, whose lives were clearly worth more than that woman’s twisted soul.’ Little did Kyle know, but he would go on to become the most successful sniper in American military history, claiming 255 kills over six years, with 160 of them officially confirmed by the Pentagon. It marks director Eastwood’s biggest debut, surpassing “Gran Torino,” which earned $29.5 million in 2008. “American Sniper” topped that with Friday’s $30.5 million opening. 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. Cooper, who turned 40 recently, had a strong 2014: He picked up a second consecutive Oscar nomination for American Hustle, performed the voice of Rocket Raccoon in The Guardians Of The Galaxy and is now on Broadway in The Elephant Man. 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.

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. 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. Josh Gad and Kevin Hart’s The “Wedding Ringer” took second place with $21 million for the three-day weekend (an estimated $25 million for four days).

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. The film, based on the beloved bear star of the children’s books, scored well with critics (98% approval on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences (87%) alike. 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. His instructor was perplexed, until he realised Kyle was missing one vital piece of his equipment — chewing tobacco, which helped him relax and shoot more accurately. ‘It was the only thing I had done differently and it turned out to be key. Ticket sales in that handful of theaters exceeded expectations, helping Warner to rally multiplex chains around the picture. “American Sniper” suddenly went from smaller auditoriums to the biggest bookings available.

But everything changed when Chris died and Steven Spielberg came in and said, “We need to make this movie now.” That’s when I fell in love with the guy. On one afternoon, he spotted a group half a mile away, on an embankment. ‘In their mind, they couldn’t be seen and were safe,’ he said. ‘They were badly mistaken.’ Picking off their victims in cold blood, rather than the frenzy of a fire-fight, snipers are often regarded with distaste by other soldiers — and can expect instant death if caught by the enemy.

The bullet hit one of the riders, passed through him, and hit the other. ‘Two guys with one shot,’ Kyle proudly said. ‘The taxpayer got good bang for his buck on that one.’ Kyle’s reputation spread far, and the insurgents labelled him the ‘Devil of Ramadi’ — and they even put up a ‘wanted’ poster. Once that all happened, and then I got to the size, and I felt comfortable in his voice, or my voice as him, and I got comfortable with the three sniper rifles that he used, then it was like, “OK, let’s tell the story”. However, after publishing his book American Sniper in 2012 to much acclaim, and setting up a military training company, the future looked brighter, and Kyle even enjoyed a fair amount of celebrity. When Kyle’s funeral was held ten days later, thousands lined the route of the 200-mile funeral procession, which took his body from his home in Midlothian, Texas, to the State Cemetery in Austin.

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