American Sniper Overtakes Hunger Games: Mockingjay As Highest-Grossing Film of 2014


Bradley Cooper American Sniper

Multiple outlets are reporting that American Sniper, starring Jenkintown native turned movie god Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL assassin Chris Kyle, has overtaken Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, starring frequent Cooper co-star Jennifer Lawrence, as the highest grossing film of 2014. More from Variety:

The R-rated drama has made $337.2 million since debuting in a handful of theaters last December. That puts it ahead of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 and its $336.8 million haul as the top film to debut last year.

With a budget of $58.8 million, the biopic of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle represents a substantial return on Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow’s investment.

Globally, American Sniper won’t be able to match the $1.1 billion that “Transformers: Age of Extinction” pulled in, but it has been a robust performer, particularly given that films with patriotic subject matter don’t tend to travel well abroad. It has made more than $140 million in foreign markets.

Though Cooper eked through awards season without picking up any trophies, the post-Oscar boost seems to have helped put the film over the edge. Maybe the upcoming MTV Movie Awards will continue the momentum: Cooper is nominated in the Best Male Performance category, as well as Best Duo with Vin Diesel for his role in Guardians of the Galaxy as animated back-talker Rocket the Raccoon.

[h/t Variety]