Box Office Report: ‘American Sniper’ Aims For $250M Over Super Bowl Weekend, Highlight Hollywood News
Clint Eastwood‘s American Sniper has set its sight on another record — the biggest Super Bowl weekend gross of all time. On Friday, Sniper stayed No. 1 with a mighty $10 million from 3,885 theaters for a domestic cume of $227.1 million for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow. Projections show the film earning as much as $32 million for the weekend, pushing its total to just shy of $250 million. This past week, the Oscar-nominated Sniper became the biggest war-themed film of all time, eclipsing the $216.5 million earned by Saving Private Ryan, not accounting for inflation.
American Sniper, now in its third weekend in nationwide release, is easily beating three new films braving a launch despite the NFL championship game: Project Almanac, Black or White and The Loft.
Theater attendance takes a big hit on Super Bowl Sunday, so it’s no surprise that no high-profile titles are opening this weekend. Indeed, both Project Almanac and The Loft open after long delays.
Elsewhere, J.C. Chandor‘s A Most Violent Year is making a major expansion this weekend as it expands nationwide, albeit in only 818 theaters. Distributed by A24 Films, the drama is expected to gross $1.5 million for a cume of $2.9 million.