“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.
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. 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)
“The movie has become a cultural phenomenon,” Dan Fellman of Warner Bros. said.
“It tore apart the record book and not by a little. By an enormous amount.”