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‘American Sniper’: Counting Down the Records Clint Eastwood Broke

American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood’s devastating look at a heroic Navy SEAL, ripped record books to shreds when it racked up $90.2 million this weekend.

Despite being about such weighty subjects as war and trauma, the Warner Bros. release played more like a comic book movie than an Oscar contender. It is on pace to earn an astounding $105 million over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, more than double the $48 million debut enjoyed by “Ride Along,” which represented the previous high-water mark.

“It was the perfect storm,” said Dan  Fellman, Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief. “This movie is going to have great legs and it’s going to continue to break records. It’s going to go down in history.”

Here’s a look at some of the records that “American Sniper” just established.

  • The Largest Clint Eastwood Box Office Weekend
    (Previous record: “Gran Torino” with $29.5 million)
  • The Largest Bradley Cooper Box Office Weekend (Previous record: “Hangover Part II” with $103.4 million)
  • The Largest Martin Luther King Holiday Opening Weekend Ever
    (Previous record: “Ride Along” with $48.6 million)
  • The Largest January Weekend Ever
    (Previous record: “Avatar” with $68.5 million)
  • The Largest R-Rated 4-Day Weekend Ever
    (Previous record: “Hangover Part II” with $103.4 million)
  • The Largest Drama Opening Weekend Ever
    (Previous record: “Passion Of The Christ” with $83.8 million)
  • The Second Largest R-Rated Wide-Release Debut
    (Record holder: “The Matrix Reloaded” with $91 million)
  • The Largest Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend for IMAX Ever
    (Previous record: “Avatar” with $9.7 million)
  • The Largest R-rated IMAX Opening Weekend Ever
    (Previous record: “Prometheus” with $9.1 million)
  • The Largest Wide-Release Debut for a War Movie
    (Previous record: “Pearl Harbor” with $59.1)

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