American Sniper Earned $90.2 Million at the Box Office This Weekend
Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, starring Jenkintown native Bradley Cooper as prolific Navy SEAL sharp-shooter Chris Kyle, earned a whopping $90.2 million at the weekend box office, and it’s expected to hit $105 million by the end of day on Monday. That blows past insider predictions, who estimated it would bring in $50 million-plus.
Forbes reports that this beats the all-time record for a January opening, which, coincidentally was previously held by another Philly native, Kevin Hart, for Ride Along. That comedy took home $48 million during MLK weekend last year. Sniper also earns the distinction of being the second-biggest R-rated debut of all time, just behind The Matrix Reloaded.
Kevin Hart’s The Wedding Ringer took the second-place slot this weekend, with an estimated $21 million Friday-to-Sunday box office. It’s expected to bring in an extra $4 million by Monday.
Last week it was announced that American Sniper received six Oscar nominations, including one for Best Actor for Cooper, and the coveted Best Picture.
If you saw American Sniper this weekend and liked it, our in-house theater critic Piers Marchant rounds up four other Sniper-like films you might enjoy. Check out his list here.