Saturday, January 17, 2015

Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper' Posts Huge Box Office Opening

From Ray Subers at
After three excellent weeks in limited release, "American Sniper" expanded nationwide on Friday and earned a stunning $30.5 million.

This the largest single day ever in January; the previous record belonged to Avatar, which took in $25.8 million on January 2nd, 2010.

With great word-of-mouth ("A+" CinemaScore), Sniper should play well through the rest of the weekend. Even if it takes a big drop against tough competition from the NFL conference championship games on Sunday, it should still wind up over $80 million for the three-day weekend.

If it plays like past Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend releases Contraband and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, it will reach $100 million on Monday.
That means "American Sniper" will earn back double its production costs on its opening weekend. It's also on track to become director Clinton Eastwood's biggest all-time box office hit, surpassing 2008's "Gran Torino," which earned $148 million. No mean feat for the 83-year-old actor/director whose career in films spans nearly 50 years.

American Sniper Posts Huge Box Office

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