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Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper Debuts, Smashes Limited Box-Office Records

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Kipp Jones reports: Clint Eastwood’s Iraq War biopic shattered box office records over the extended holiday weekend, after only debuting in four theaters nationwide.American Sniper, which was directed by Eastwood and stars Bradley Cooper as famed navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, became the top specialty debut of the year and the best ever for a limited Christmas release.The film reportedlå

Clint Eastwood’s Iraq War biopic shattered box office records over the extended holiday weekend, after only debuting in four theaters nationwide.

“This was the perfect film for Clint, and Bradley Cooper is one of the great American actors of today.”

— Dan Fellman, the head of domestic distribution for Warner Bros.

American Sniper, which was directed by Eastwood and stars Bradley Cooper as famed navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, became the top specialty debut of the year and the best ever for a limited Christmas release.

The film reportedly brought in $850,000 from four theaters over a period of four days, an average of $212,000 per location for Warner Bros.

Eastwood’s adaptation has also been awarded a rare “A+” CinemaScore from audiences, which could provide momentum when Warner Bros. opens the drama from Village Roadshow nationwide on Jan. 16, only a week after nominations for the Academy Awards are announced, reports TheWrap. Read the rest of this entry »

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