‘American Sniper’ hits its box office marks, and then some

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‘American Sniper’ hits its box office marks, and then some.

LOS ANGELES – Hollywood is prone to superlatives, but this one is truly jaw dropping: “American Sniper,” which arrived in wide release Friday, is expected to sell $105.2 million in tickets in North America over the holiday weekend. It is now on pace to decimate records for the Martin Luther King holiday and for the month of January, pulling in roughly $105 million over the four-day period.“American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood’s war-drama that’s nominated for six Oscars, was the top-grossing movie in the U.S. and Canada over the weekend, collecting $90.2 million in ticket sales to set a record for January. “The Wedding Ringer” came in second with weekend sales of $21 million for Sony Pictures (6758)’ Screen Gems, industry researcher Rentrak Corp. said Sunday in a statement.

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. It’s also a new high-water mark for director Clint Eastwood, whose previous weekend record was the $29.5 million wide release opening for 2008’s “Gran Torino.” At 84, he’s still got it. “The movie has become a cultural phenomenon,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. head of domestic distribution. “It tore apart the record book and not by a little. 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. By an enormous amount.” “American Sniper” recently picked up Oscar nods for best picture and best actor for star Bradley Cooper, and the awards buzz only intensified interest in the film.

Eastwood’s movie surprised the industry by reaping amounts usually not seen until summer weekends, helping kick off a year that’s expected to haul in at least $11 billion for the first time on the back of new entries from past successful franchises including “Star Wars,” “Terminator” and “Jurassic Park,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with Rentrak. 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. 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)

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. 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. It also keeps Hart’s box-office roll going, following his success in recent hits such as “Ride Along” and “Think Like a Man.” The Weinstein Co.’s “Paddington” opened to $19.3 million from 3,303 screens for the weekend and a third-place finish. The film garnered a 33 percent positive rating from critics on Rottentomatoes.com. “Paddington,” another new film, was adapted from a children’s book in which a bear finds his way into the home of the Browns, played by Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins.

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