American Sniper‘s unprecedented box office success is expected to make Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of Chris Kyle’s autobiography the box office champion for the third weekend in a row, giving it a victory at the movies even up against some brand new competition.
According to Variety, American Sniper is poised to overtake the box office totals of newcomers like Black or White, The Loft, and Project Almanac. Generally, Super Bowl weekend is a low attendance weekend for movie theaters because of the big game being broadcast. Even with that being said, American Sniper has the chance, in its third weekend, to break another record, and become the highest grossing movie ever during a Super Bowl weekend.
The last two weekends have seen American Sniper come in above its initial estimates. If that holds true here, then the film is likely to break the Super Bowl weekend record. Its expected to have its full box office take at just around $250 million by the time things are all said and done this weekend.
One other recent record that the film broke is the highest-ever grossing war film. The previous holder of that title, Steven Spielberg’s 1998 film Saving Private Ryan, grossed just over $216 million in unadjusted 1998 dollars.
Early estimates have Project Almanac coming in at number 2, but it’s expected to fall to the third spot due to the continued success of Paddington. With an expected take of $3.2 million, the found-footage time travel film is coming in under expectations of $10-12 million for its first weekend.
For more on the final box office takes for this weekend, check back tomorrow on GeekNation to see the final numbers!
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