The Oscar-nominated film “American Sniper” was in the front by a large margin for the North American box office charts this past weekend with $90.2 million in ticket sales according to studio estimates.
Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” which stars Bradley Cooper, beat any opening weekend January movie record, on top of any drama movie opening ever. The film doubled the industry’s expectations after scoring 6 Oscar nominations, where the day after it expanded to 3,500 more movie theaters. Those nominations include Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for a Navy Seal sniper played by Bradley Cooper.
Last year on this weekend, the number one film was “Ride Along” which only grossed $41 million.
Cooper plays Chris Kyle, the most deadliest marksman in military history. The movie is based off Kyle’s autobiography “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.”
Kevin Hart’s R-rated comedy, “The Wedding Ringer” came in second place with $21 million.
Watch the Warner Bros. trailer below:
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