Clint Eastwood’s heart-stopping American Sniper set multiple records at the box office over the weekend, raking in $90.2 million. The figure is the highest ever for a drama and smashed the existing record for a January opening.
“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.
The movie more than quadrupled the second-place movie, The Wedding Ringer, which brought in $21 million.
The tally is more than double what analysts were expecting. 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. The estimated IMAX total on 332 screens for the four-day weekend is $11.5 million (yet another record).
If you haven’t seen it already, I’d highly recommend it. I personally didn’t enjoy it as much as Paul Sacca, who wrote a lengthy review for us, but thought it a very worthwhile use of $13.
And, hey, everyone else is seeing it.
[H/T: NBC News]