UPDATED: ‘American Sniper’ Misses Box Office Record for Super Bowl Weekend

By February 1, 2015

UPDATED 2/2: Well, what a difference a day makes. According to more recent box office numbers from analysts (via Variety), it turns out that Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper will not be breaking the box office record for Super Bowl weekend as originally predicted.

The final take for the film was $30.6 million this weekend, which is just under the $31.1 million record set by Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour from 2008. That presentation still holds the Super Bowl weekend record, but American Sniper now firmly lies in second place. This is still impressive, to be sure, since both the Hannah Montana concert and the previous second place holder for that weekend, 2010’s Dear John starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, were both in their opening weekends when they set their respective records. By contrast, American Sniper was in its third weekend by the time the Super Bowl rolled around.

If current audience interest holds out a little longer, then American Sniper is poised to surpass the domestic total of 2003’s big budget sequel The Matrix Reloaded as the second highest grossing R-rated film of all time, as long as it makes more than that film’s $281 million domestic total. It’s not expected to knock the number one R-rated film off of its perch, though, which currently stands as 2004’s biblical epic The Passion of the Christ. The domestic total for that film sits at a massive $370.8 million.

Original Story: It seems that Clint Eastwood’s biopic of Chris Kyle just can’t be stopped.

Basically lining up with previous estimatesAmerican Sniper has set a new box office record for Super Bowl weekend, according to Variety. The weekend tally for the film has landed at $31.8 million, bringing its domestic total to $248.9 million domestically. On a budget of just under $60 million, it continues to impress and literally break records with each passing week. With foreign grosses lying at just over $67 million, the total worldwide gross for the film currently sits at $316.2 million.

So far, American Sniper — according to BoxOfficeMojo is the highest grossing January release ever, the highest grossing winter season release ever, the widest R-rated release ever, and the highest grossing war-based film ever. Its box office total is the sixth highest of every movie released within the past year, the ninth highest opening non-Friday gross, and the second highest opening weekend ever for an R-rated film. That’s a lot of distinguished titles to give to the film, especially considering that we’re heading ever closer to awards season.

The top 5 this weekend are rounded out by Paddington, which took in $8.5 million in its third weekend, Project Almanac, taking in a less than-expected $8.5 million in its opening weekend, Black or White with about $6.5 million, and The Boy Next Door, with $6 million in its second week.

This coming Friday, February 6th, sees three new films seeing wide release, perhaps creating stiffer competition for American Sniper in its fourth week. The film adaptation of Shaun the SheepThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, and the Wachowski’s space opera Jupiter Ascending all open this coming weekend, so we’ll have to wait and see how the box office tallies stack up in one week.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.