‘American Sniper’ Might Break January Box Office Record

Bradley Cooper plays Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in “American Sniper.” “I just found tremendous empathy for him,” Cooper says. (Keith Bernstein, Warner Bros.)
Bradley Cooper plays Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in “American Sniper.” “I just found tremendous empathy for him,” Cooper says. (Keith Bernstein, Warner Bros.)

Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper is riding high at the weekend box office where it has already scored $30.5 million on Friday, according to studio estimates.

“This is crazy how it has taken off,” says Phil Contrino, analyst for BoxOffice.com.

Contrino predicts the film could land in record-breaking January territory — the $75 million-$80 million range — for the weekend. “The word of mouth on this is so incredibly strong. This is uncharted territory.”

The R-rated film, which has Bradley Cooper starring as real-life Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, received a boost on Thursday with six Oscar nominations — including best picture and best actor for Cooper.

American Sniper had received a limited opening in December where it pulled in $4 million and a coveted A+ audience rating on CinemaScore. The expanded opening now includes 3,555 theaters.

The $30.5 million weekend number includes $3 million from 332 IMAX locations.

SOURCE: USA Today
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