American Sniper Has Already Made A Ridiculous Amount Of Money

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American Sniper breaks box office records, Hollywood splits over its worth.

Heroism on the battlefield had never gone away, of course, far from it (witness the Medals of Honor awarded for acts of extraordinary valor in Iraq and Afghanistan).

CLINT Eastwood’s latest film about one of the deadliest snipers in US military history is on course to become the most profitable war movie of all time — even as critics attacked its depiction of a man who appeared to relish killing.The widow of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is facing growing blowback over her late husband’s bestselling memoir, “American Sniper,” now a hit movie and recently the subject of a defamation case by former Minnesota Gov.NEW YORK (AP) – Clint Eastwood’s R-rated Iraq War drama “American Sniper” opened in January like a superhero movie in July, taking in a record $105.3 million over the Martin Luther King Jr. four-day weekend.For the three-day weekend, the Clint Eastwood movie that stars Bradley Cooper as the screen version of the true-life Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle earned $105.3 million. “You have to do a double take,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with the box-office tracking firm Rentrak. “We’re not accustomed to seeing those kinds of numbers in January.” We’re also not entirely used to watching as a mainstream movie turns into a firefight on social media, but that also happened as the weekend unfolded.

Fans on Twitter and Facebook expressed their support for the film in mostly positive ways, though there was some ugliness, too, with racial and religious slurs and threats of violence in the mix. One review has called the film “both a devastating war movie and a devastating antiwar movie, a subdued celebration of a warrior’s skill and a sorrowful lament over his alienation and misery”. Taya Kyle had planned to give interviews this week to promote the movie and her Feb. 8 appearance at Beth El Synagogue’s “Heroes Among Us” series, a major event at the Minneapolis temple, with tickets ranging from $36 to $300. It is more than twice as much as any other film released in January has ever made, and a record performance by a film not considered a “tent-pole” production — that is, one that costs so much that its performance promises to make or break a studio’s year. “If you would have told me we’d do these numbers, I would have replied that you were smoking something. The resounding wide-release opening is also tops for the 84-year-old Eastwood, whose previous best weekend was the $29.5 million wide release of 2009’s “Gran Torino.

And it, in one weekend, gives the Oscar best-picture race something it was lacking: a big ol’ box-office hit. “American Sniper, nominated for six Academy Awards, immediately becomes the top grosser of the best-picture nominees. A canny marketing strategy that banked on a bit of Oscar love helped (the movie grabbed six nominations Thursday), as did a bit of distance from the peak of the fighting in Iraq where Kyle served, some observers said.

It performed well in every market, from the smallest town to the biggest cities.” The film is based on Kyle’s best-selling autobiography, published in 2012, the profits from which he reportedly donated to the families of fallen soldiers. And we all know the tragic twist (the slaying of Kyle at a Texas shooting range in 2013) which occurred after Warner Brothers decided to develop it. “So we have a movie based on a best-seller, it’s a perfect filmmaker for the material – Clint Eastwood hits and misses but he hits this one out of the park – and a movie star who’s perfect for the role. After proposing that the Star Tribune interview Taya Kyle before her visit to the synagogue, event co-chair Sarah Gruber wrote back Monday: “Her reps just called me and apparently due to some comments made by Michael Moore, they are cutting off her press. A troubled Marine veteran with suspected post-traumatic stress disorder, whom Kyle had agreed to help, is accused of his murder. has been nominated for Oscars in six categories, including best picture and best actor for Cooper. They will allow us to schedule some interviews but only related to promoting our event. “Because of this, any questions related to the current murder trial [involving the disturbed U.S. veteran who killed Kyle] and the Ventura trial are off the table.” “All members of the military — seaman to admiral, private to general, are heroes in my book,” Beth El Rabbi Avi S.

And indeed they did.” In some sense, a more ephemeral kind of timing may have benefited “American Sniper,” in that as a culture we are farther from the traumas of having so many Americans fighting in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars but still live in semi-constant fear of terrorism. “There were a slew of wartime movies that just did not connect with moviegoers for many years, and I think we’re now at that point where we’re ready to see them and we want to see them and we need to see them,” Dergarabedian said. However, a number of Oscar voters have been circulating a magazine article published in The New Republic, which argues that “the real American Sniper had no remorse about the Iraqis he killed … His only regret [WAS]that he didn’t kill more.” Michael Moore, the anti-war documentary maker, said on Twitter over the weekend: “My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. Dergarabedian said “American Sniper” resonated with audiences craving a celebration of valor, courage and patriotism. “American Sniper,” once pegged for release in late 2015, was moved up to qualify for this year’s Oscars.

And as Americans, we honor those who have served — packaged with all of their misgivings, should there be any — as heroes among us.” In a federal trial last summer, Ventura won a $1.8 million verdict from the Kyle estate after convincing a jury that Chris Kyle had defamed him by writing that he decked Ventura in a bar after he made disparaging remarks about SEALs. After Eastwood’s other 2014 release, “Jersey Boys,” struggled in its June release, totaling $47 million, “American Sniper” – a $58 million co-production between Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow – was tossed into this year’s Christmas mix. Still, the Internet throughout the weekend saw plenty of arguments over whether he was a hero or a murderer, which in typical online fashion involved plenty of ugliness. “American sniper makes me wanna go shoot some …

Actor Seth Rogen compared “American Sniper” to the Nazi propaganda film featured in the movie “Inglourious Basterds.” Director Michael Moore tweeted that he’d been taught to consider snipers cowards. Kyle “was a hate-filled killer,” according to The Guardian, which also deems him “a racist who took pleasure in dehumanizing and killing brown people.” Chris Kyle enjoyed combat, as he makes clear in his book. John Borger, her attorney, said Monday that he has told her it’s best not to talk about the legal aspects of the case, which is currently on appeal to the 8th U.S.

These are welcome qualities in a warrior, no matter how offensive they might be to people who will never be entrusted with the responsibility of making life-and-death decisions in real time while in mortal danger. Much is made of Kyle calling the people he killed “damn savages.” The description is typically salty (Kyle had a taste for pitch-black dark humor), but inarguably apt.

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