American Sniper, recently snubbed at the 2015 Oscars, just became the highest grossing film of 2014.
The film, starring Bradley Cooper as American Sniper Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in military history, surpassed The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I, earning over $337 million domestically, and over $500 million globally.
As of this morning, American Sniper has surpassed The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part I to become the biggest domestic grosser of 2014. The Clint Eastwood-directed and Bradley Cooper-starring war drama has earned $337.2m domestic, surpassing Lions Gate Entertainment. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part I ($336.9m) and Walt Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy ($337.2m).
This is a truly odd situation, as we’ve never (to my knowledge) had a case where the biggest grossing movie from one year is a film that made the vast majority of its money in the previous year. But for all-intents-and-purposes, American Sniper is basically a 2015 release. It opened on Christmas Day in four theaters where it racked up per-screen-averages of $158k, $169k, and $144k respectively before opening in wide release over Martin Luther King Day weekend of 2015. The film opened with $89m over its Fri-Sun debut (the second-biggest R-rated opening behind The Matrix Reloaded‘s $91m Fri-Sun haul) and $107m over its first four days, becoming an instant hot topic among general moviegoers and the film critic/pundit circles.
Kyle’s career caused some controversy among Hollywood elites, most notably leading liberal Michael Moore to refer to him as a ‘coward.’ The comment prompted one green beret to respond by calling Moore a ‘Crisco sweating waste of space.’
Chris Kyle set records during his military career, logging 160 confirmed kills with a probable 255 overall.
Now he’s breaking records at the box office, much to the chagrin of the anti-military leftists in Hollywood.
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