American Sniper Reminds Seth Rogen of Nazi Film?! Plus, Michael Moore Was …

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‘American Sniper’ smashes records with $90M weekend.

Having earned a record-setting $105 million at the box office in its first weekend of wide-release, it’s clear that “American Sniper” mobilized a large cross-section of the ticket-buying public to march into theaters.In order to gain more than 40lbs in just a few months, the 40-year-old actor was forced to eat four times the amount recommended for an average person. ‘He was eating about every 55 minutes or something like that, and I want to say it was about 8,000 calories a day,’ American Sniper writer-producer Jason Hall revealed to People. ‘He was determined to do it naturally, he didn’t want to use any hormones or steroids or anything.Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” ignited the holiday weekend box office, leaving January records behind as it made a stunning $90.2 million in three days.There seems to be little middle ground in public opinion about the ruthless Navy Seal shooter who accumulated 160 confirmed kills out of 255 probable kills.

Actor Seth Rogen caused a Twitter storm Sunday after comparing the Chris Kyle autobiography film “American Sniper” to the Nazi propaganda film shown during Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.” “American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds,” tweeted Mr. It’s also apparent, however, that the gaudy numbers reached by the biopic of the late Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the sniper with the most confirmed kills in U.S. military history, was boosted by a legion of right-leaning audiences. “It’s a perfect storm,” says conservative movie writer Christian Toto from “(Kyle’s autobiography, on which the film is based) is very popular, and the fact that his death had profoundly affected many Americans was a factor. He was just very systematic about it and took his trainer with him wherever he went.’ The American Hustle star recently told Vanity Fair he was motivated to bulk up naturally, having been sober for 10 years after a period of drug and alcohol abuse. The total easily topped the previous January high, James Cameron’s “Avatar” at $68 million in 2010.Warner Bros. estimates that “American Sniper” will make $105 million over the four-day Martin Luther King weekend, which would be another record. “This is staggering. He has since lost the weight, with a diet consisting of dishes like pumpkin soup while rehearsing for his current Broadway role in The Elephant Man, as stated in the Vanity Fair piece. ‘He actually proved himself to be really good,’ Hall said. ‘The second day, in the morning, he went out there and was consistently hitting 800-yard targets the size of a teacup.’ Bradley laboured to capture the late sniper’s persona, working with a vocal coach twice a day and watching hours of footage featuring Kyle, who died in 2013. ‘There were moments where they’d get him at a certain angle and you just felt Chris, you felt the essence of Chris.

It’s blockbuster numbers in January, the sort of numbers usually reserved for summer films and superhero movies,” says Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst for Rentrak. “No one saw this coming. In the memoir, Kyle writes that killing can be fun and refers to ‘savages’ Kyle was just told to go and do his job; to aim his expert eye through the eye of a high-powered rifle barrel and shoot people – before they shot him or his fellow soldiers. He was referring to a fake propaganda film in “Basterds” called “Stolz der Nation (Nation’s Pride),” which showed a German sniper killing 200 Allied soldiers from a clock tower, TMZ reported. “I defended ‘The Interview’ & watched it 3 times, but did u have 2 make that comment re: American Sniper? Certainly, “American Sniper’s” release came at the perfect time, opening just one day after garnering a high-profile Academy Award nomination for best picture and a best actor nod for Bradley Cooper. Standing behind the monitors, I’d just get goose bumps rushing up my legs.’ Kyle became the most successful sniper in American military history, claiming 255 kills over six years, with 160 of them officially confirmed by the Pentagon.

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. Pretty tacky of you,” wrote Joe Wierzbicki. “American Sniper,” directed by Clint Eastwood, brought in a record-breaking $90 million for it’s opening weekend, easily surpassing the 2009 film “Avatar” that held a previous opening-weekend record of $68 million.

But Fandango reported that the movie was already the No. 1 advance ticket-seller for the upcoming weekend by Tuesday, two days before the nominations. 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. So I need no lectures on the horrors of battle, nor on the courage of those who serve their country.) The only thing that matters in war is winning, and fighting within the rules including the Geneva convention. Toto points out that the success of “American Sniper” — which easily became the top-grossing of the eight best picture nominees over runner-up “The Grand Budapest Hotel’s” $59.1 million — stands in contrast to the Iraq War movies that were released during the Bush administration. The estimated IMAX total on 332 screens for the four-day weekend is $11.5 million (yet another record). “American Sniper,” with Bradley Cooper starring as Navy SEAL sharpshooter Chris Kyle, initially opened in December to packed theaters in limited release — making nearly $3.4 million on a handful of screens in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas.

With noted Republican Clint Eastwood in the director’s chair and vocal gun advocate like Kyle as the subject of the film, if “American Sniper” didn’t start off as a pro-war manifesto, it is being seen as one now. In the movie, which is deemed by his widow and former Seal colleagues to be a very accurate portrayal of the man, I didn’t see Kyle needlessly abusing people in the style of the disgraceful Abu Ghraib criminals. 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. Instead, it shows the harsh, stark reality of war, both in the field and at home where so many relationships, marriages and states of mind are ruined by the hidden impact of combat.

Appropriately, director Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” rounded out the top five films with $8.3 million for the three-day weekend, and an estimated $10.3 million for the full MLK holiday.

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