Predicting the Oscars is a serious business — some experts make six-figures blogging about the possible winners. It is perhaps no surprise then that film writers have already turned their attention to the competitors of next year's Academy Awards, despite the fact that most of the movies haven't even been seen yet, or are maybe not even finished.
American Sniper is setting "records on top of records," according to Warner Bros. domestic distribution president Dan Fellman.
His assessment is not pure hyperbole, CNNMoney notes; the film, which grossed $105 million on its opening weekend, has set a record for the "widest release ever for an R-rated movie." American Sniper expanded by 150 screens this weekend — it is now showing on 3,705 screens in the U.S., total.
The movie has also broken records for "best opening for a movie based on a book," "largest MLK opening weekend ever," and "largest drama opening weekend ever," according to Fellman. Nominated for a best picture Academy Award, the film stars Bradley Cooper — who is up for a best actor Academy Award for the role — as Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. Sarah Eberspacher
American Sniper, Clint Eastwood's blockbuster based on a real-life Navy SEAL, smashed box office records with a $90.2 million opening weekend. Released last year, Ride Along held the previous record for a January opening weekend at $41.5 million.
American Sniper has been nominated for six Oscars, including best picture and, for Bradley Cooper, best acting. Jon Terbush