‘American Sniper’ Three-peats at Box Office No. 1

Actor and Producer Bradley Cooper arrives at the "American Sniper" New York Premiere at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 15, 2014 in New York City. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images North America)
Actor and Producer Bradley Cooper arrives at the “American Sniper” New York Premiere at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 15, 2014 in New York City. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images North America)

Call it a three-peat. American Sniper continues its remarkable ride, taking the weekend box office for the third weekend in a row.

Clint Eastwood’s film about Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle tallied an additional $31.9 million over Super Bowl weekend for a total box office haul of $249 million, according to studio estimates.

The film has managed to stay front and center in the American discussion (and controversy). On Friday, first lady Michelle Obama praised the film, calling it a “complex, emotional depiction of a veteran and his family.”

“This is still the movie that everyone is talking about. It has really struck a national chord in a profound way,” says Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Rentrak. “Even on Super Bowl weekend, American Sniper continues to draw audiences in big numbers.”

The R-rated film now has the highest box office tally for a war movie, passing Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, which pulled in $216.5 million in 1998. American Sniper heads toward Oscar weekend Feb. 22 with momentum and six nominations, including best picture and best actor for Bradley Cooper.

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SOURCE: USA Today
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