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What’s Behind the Recent Box Office Hot Streak

25 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It could have been a very bleak January and February for the movie business but for the arrival of “American Sniper” and “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

The two box office Atlases have lofted ticket sales and admissions up roughly 10% above the same period a year ago, silencing industry sages who expected the year would get off to a rough start. “American Sniper” has generated $307.7 million since opening in wide release last month, while “Fifty Shades of Grey” became the biggest debut in February history when it bowed to an astounding four-day total of $93 million.

In the process, the pair have proved that big movies come in many stripes, reconfiguring the DNA of the typical blockbuster.

That’s good news for films such as “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Furious 7,” which are steering clear of the crowded summer in favor of spring.

“Our business can succeed year round, »

- Brent Lang

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Fifty Shades Of Grey Has $239.7 Million Global Weekend At Box Office; American Sniper Surpasses Past $300 Million

15 February 2015 1:11 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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More like 50 Shades of Green. The phenomenon Fifty Shades Of Grey became the motion-picture event for Valentine’s Day with an estimated $81 million at the holiday weekend box office and earned $239.7 million around the globe this weekend

Opening in 59 markets, the film brought in a massive $158 million overseas, ranks fifth all-time among R-rated movies and is the biggest debut ever for a female director.

The film adaptation that had been the subject of widespread speculation and boundless curiosity, whose first trailer became YouTube’s most-watched movie trailer last year, is on the big screen playing at 3,646 locations.

The movie stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora and Marcia Gay-Harden.

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, the erotic love story from series creator E L James took audiences inside a rich and mysterious world that explores the complexities of male-female dynamics.

Read Michael Haffner’s review Here. »

- Movie Geeks

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‘American Sniper’ Could Become Highest-Grossing 2014 Domestic Release, Analysts Say

9 February 2015 2:09 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

American Sniper” has “Mockingjay” in its sights.

The war drama is poised to surpass the most recent edition of “The Hunger Games” as 2014’s top-grossing release, analysts say. The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow pic has made $282.4 million thus far, putting it in third place on the charts, behind “Mockingjay — Part 1,” which has earned $335.7 million, and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which has grossed $333.2 million.

BoxOffice.com is now predicting that the film will generate $360 million-$365 million during its domestic run.

“It has a really good chance to hit that number,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “It’s one of those things that’s in the zeitgeist, and people want to see it. Everybody’s talking about the the film, and people want to be part of the conversation.”

Dan Fellman, Warner Bros.’ head of domestic distribution, was more cautious about the film’s prospects. “We »

- Brent Lang

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Why ‘American Sniper’ Is Still Taking Fire: Awards, Box Office and the Real Chris Kyle

30 January 2015 1:02 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A month into its release, Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” is breaking box office records and sparking a national debate over America’s role in Iraq and the legacy of a sniper whom some say is a liar and a killer.

The movie is poised to make $35 million this weekend, its third in release, and at $217 million has now overtaken “Saving Private Ryan” as the top-grossing war movie of all time.

But surprisingly to many, “American Sniper” has turned out to be a very polarizing film. Voices on the right celebrate Eastwood’s protagonist Chris Kyle as a hero, while »

- Matt Donnelly and Linda Ge

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‘American Sniper’ Looks to Steamroll ‘Project Almanac,’ ‘Black or White’ at Super Bowl Box Office

28 January 2015 1:06 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

With the Super Bowl kicking off Sunday, it seems somehow appropriate that we’re looking at another “American Sniper” blowout at the box office this weekend.

The NFL’s biggest game has seen more than its share of lopsided contests over the years, and if Las Vegas set odds on the movies, the breakout hit from Warner Bros. would be a 35-point favorite.

Also Read: Howard Dean Apologizes for Calling ‘American Sniper’ Watchers ‘Very Angry,’ Slams ‘Right-Wing Nut Jobs’ (Video)

Three movies will debut nationwide Friday: the teen time-travel tale “Project Almanac,” Kevin Costner’s race relations drama “Black or White »

- Todd Cunningham

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How ‘American Sniper’ and ‘Boy Next Door’ Change Box Office Game

26 January 2015 12:26 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Warner Bros.’ war saga is the first January blockbuster while Universal and Jason Blum prove micro-budgets aren’t just for horror movies

American Sniper” and the sexy Jennifer Lopez thriller “The Boy Next Door,” the top two movies at the box office this weekend, could be giving Hollywood a glimpse at its future.

The Iraq War saga has turned January, a month that for years has been a box office dead zone, into a hot spot. It’s blitzed the domestic box office for $200 million in 10 days, obliterating records for R-rated movies, holiday weekends and the month in the process. »

- Todd Cunningham

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‘American Sniper’ Shoots Past $200M, ‘Mortdecai’ Nosedives At $4.1M – Sunday Final

25 January 2015 7:43 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Final Update, Sunday Am: Warner Bros. is reporting that American Sniper will raise its domestic cume to $200.1M through Sunday after a massive $64.4M weekened at 3,705 theaters, the third-highest weekend ever in January, behind Sniper’s opening last weekend, and Avatar’s third Fss of $68.5M.

That figure, should it hold into tomorrow, marks a mere 28-percent slip – the best second-week hold for a wide release ever for a film that debuted with more than $85M. Previous to this, the best big debuts to hold an audience were 2004’s Shrek 2 (down 33 percent in its second frame) and 2002’s Spider-Man (down 38 percent). American Sniper is marching toward $300M, a mark only six Warner Bros. films have passed.

“Many exhibitors are hearing from their theater managers that the infrequent moviegoers who go only two to three times a year, are coming out to see this movie,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman. »

- Anthony D'Alessandro

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Box Office: ‘American Sniper’ Tops With $64.4 Million, ‘Mortdecai’ Flops

25 January 2015 7:26 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” continued its box office dominance this weekend, picking up $64.4 million and steamrolling over everything in sight, including Johnny Depp.

Depp’s latest exercise in cinematic oddities, “Mortdecai,” left audiences cold, earning a paltry $4.1 million across 2,648 locations and coming in ninth on box office charts. It’s an embarrassing performance for a star of his caliber and comes on the heels of box office disasters such as “The Lone Ranger” and “Transcendence.”

“Something needs to click soon,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “It’s a couple of misses in a row and that always stings.”

Mortdecai” cost $60 million to make and was backed by OddLot Entertainment and released by Lionsgate. It had been expected to gross in the neighborhood of $10 million.

Much of the Sunday afternoon box office quarterbacking will center on Depp’s deflating career, but “American Sniper’s” endurance was the true stunner. »

- Brent Lang

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Eastwood’s Fistful Of Dollars: ‘Sniper’s Cume At $110.4M – 4-Day Actuals

20 January 2015 3:48 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

6th Update, Tuesday, 3 Pm: Rentrak Theatrical filed the weekend’s actuals with Warner Bros.’ American Sniper counting a four-week cume through yesterday of $110.4M. Talk about the spoils of war: American Sniper propelled the 2015 box office, in its first 19 days, 3.6% percent over the same frame last year with $667M. It stands to reason that this would be the highest-grossing four-day Mlk weekend of all-time with $248.5M after American Sniper broke a slew of records, read Eastwood’s career-high bow, best three-day opening ever during January and February. Previous Mlk record was 2009 with $231.5M when Sony comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop zoomed up a four-day bow of $39.2M. American Sniper had the biggest theater average of the four-day weekend with $30,100, followed by Sony Classic’s Still Alice, which chalked up $20,685 PTA or $248K in 12 venues.

The consensus is that American Sniper is going to hold for another two weekends. Wide releases »

- Anthony D'Alessandro

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Examining American Sniper's breakthrough success

20 January 2015 11:26 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Clint Eastwood's American Sniper has smashed box office records, and picked up Oscar nods. So how did it happen?

This article contains spoilers for American Sniper.

American Sniper stands to be the most financially profitable of this year's Best Picture Oscar contenders by a long way, having out-grossed most of the others' lifetime domestic totals in its first weekend on wide release.

The $90.2 million opening is the highest January opening of all time, more than doubling the opening weekend record set by Ride Along at the same time last year, and it's easily the strongest box office performer of director Clint Eastwood's career.

In short, it did the kind of business you would expect from a superhero movie, or a new instalment in an established franchise, and yet it's an R-rated war drama based on a true story. Irrespective of our thoughts on the film, that's a stunning début. »

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Steven Spielberg’s Rendition Of American Sniper Would Have Focused More On Enemy Sniper

20 January 2015 10:58 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Long before Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper stole the limelight, not to mention a few Oscar nominations in the process, there was another director at the helm: Steven Spielberg.

It was back in 2013 when Spielberg was on board to oversee the project and at the time, Bradley Cooper was still attached to produce and star as Chris Kyle, the most decorated sniper in Us military history. Alas, the reasoning behind the director’s departure wasn’t disclosed, though reports did suggest that the prestigious filmmaker simply couldn’t engineer his vision of Kyle’s memoir based on the budget at the time.

Fast forward to the present day and The Hollywood Reporter has offered up our first clue as to what American Sniper could have been had Spielberg remained in the director’s chair. There are some considerable changes buried within the extract, specifically in relation to how the director »

- Michael Briers

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'American Sniper' Breaks Multiple Box Office Records

20 January 2015 8:54 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Surpassing all targets, Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' multiple Oscar-nominated drama American Sniper smashed virtually every available record as it opened nationwide on the heels of its already record-breaking limited release. Easily topping the box office, the film took in an estimated $105.3 million for the four-day holiday weekend and has grossed $108.7 million to date and counting. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, and Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The film's spectacular opening marks an all-time high over the course of director Clint Eastwood's illustrious career. Among its many other milestones, American Sniper also broke records for a January weekend opening, including both three- and four-day weekends; the highest single day ever in January; the best four-day weekend for an R-rated film; and the biggest opening »

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American Sniper breaks Avatar's January box office record

19 January 2015 11:41 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Clint Eastwood's R-rated Iraq War drama American Sniper opened in January like a superhero movie in July, taking in a record $105.3 million over the Martin Luther King Jr. four-day weekend.

The film's unprecedented success obliterated forecasts and set numerous box-office records. It easily surpassedAvatar to become the biggest January weekend ever.

The resounding wide-release opening is also tops for the 84-year-old Eastwood, whose previous best weekend was the $29.5 million wide release of 2009's Gran Torino. And it, in one weekend, gives the Oscar best-picture race something it was lacking: a big ol' box-office hit.

American Sniper, nominated for six Academy Awards, immediately becomes the top grosser of the best-picture nominees. The previous biggest hit was Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel, which made $59.1 million in its entire run.

This was actually the third week of release for American Sniper, which played in just a handful of theaters for two weeks. »

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Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper Takes In Estimated $105.3 million Over Four-day Holiday Weekend

19 January 2015 11:04 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Surpassing all targets, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ multiple Oscar-nominated drama American Sniper smashed virtually every available record as it opened nationwide on the heels of its already record-breaking limited release. Easily topping the box office, the film took in an estimated $105.3 million for the four-day holiday weekend and has grossed $108.7 million to date and counting.

The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, and Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures

The film’s spectacular opening marks an all-time high over the course of director Clint Eastwood’s illustrious career. Among its many other milestones, American Sniper also broke records for a January weekend opening, including both three- and four-day weekends; the highest single day ever in January; the best four-day weekend for an R-rated film; and the biggest opening »

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'American Sniper' Astounds With Record $105M Mlk Weekend

19 January 2015 3:55 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Jake Coyle, AP Film Writer

New York (AP) - Clint Eastwood's R-rated Iraq War drama "American Sniper" opened in January like a superhero movie in July, taking in a record $105.3 million over the Martin Luther King Jr. four-day weekend.

The film's unprecedented success obliterated forecasts and set numerous box-office records. It easily surpassed "Avatar" to become the biggest January weekend ever.

The resounding wide-release opening is also tops for the 84-year-old Eastwood, whose previous best weekend was the $29.5 million wide release of 2009's "Gran Torino. And it, in one weekend, gives the Oscar best-picture race something it was lacking: a big ol' box-office hit.

"American Sniper, nominated for six Academy Awards, immediately becomes the top grosser of the best-picture nominees. The previous biggest hit was Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel," which made $59.1 million in its entire run.

This was actually the third week of release for "American Sniper, »

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

18 January 2015 12:38 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 »

- Brent Lang

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How ‘American Sniper’ and ‘Lone Survivor’ Revived the War Movie

18 January 2015 12:08 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

America’s military misadventures in Iraq and Afghanistan remain deeply unpopular with the general public, but that pessimism isn’t preventing war films such as “American Sniper” and “Lone Survivor” from becoming box office successes.

American Sniper,” a look at Navy Seal Chris Kyle, astounded in its wide-release debut, and is on track to gross $105 million over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. The Warner Bros. release put up those impressive numbers by appealing to a politically and geographically diverse audience.

“It’s packing them in across blue states and red states,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief. “Its’ playing well in big cities and in the heartland. This is about patriotism and all the things people say the country is lacking these days.”

American Sniper’s” commercial success stands in stark contrast to films released at the height of the conflict such as “In the Valley of Elah, »

- Brent Lang

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‘American Sniper’: 5 Reasons for Historic Breakout at Box Office

18 January 2015 10:26 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Heartland heat, Oscar buzz and star Bradley Cooper give the Iraq War saga extra ammo

The electrifying $90.2 million wide opening of “American Sniper” – shattering records for the best January openings by tens of millions of dollars — stunned box office analysts and even distributor Warner Bros. Sunday.

“We’ve never seen anything like this,” Dan Fellman, head of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. told TheWrap.

The Clint Eastwood-directed Iraq War saga starring Bradley Cooper was on pace to top $100 million over the four-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend, uncharted territory for a movie at this time of year. It was »

- Todd Cunningham

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Box Office: ‘American Sniper’ Shatters Records With $90.2 Million Weekend

18 January 2015 7:59 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

American Sniper” hit the bullseye, earning an astonishing $90.2 million in its debut weekend in wide release.

It is now on pace to upend records for the Martin Luther King holiday and for the month of January, pulling in roughly $105 million over the four-day period. It’s also a new high-water mark for director Clint Eastwood, whose previous weekend record was the $29.5 million wide release opening for 2008’s “Gran Torino.” At 84, he’s still got it.

For context’s sake, the previous top-grossing Martin Luther King weekend release was last year’s “Ride Along” with $48.6 million.

“The movie has become a cultural phenomenon,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. head of domestic distribution. “It tore apart the record book and not by a little. By an enormous amount.”

American Sniper” recently picked up Oscar nods for best picture and best actor for star Bradley Cooper, and the awards buzz only intensified interest in the film. »

- Brent Lang

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‘American Sniper’ Aims for $100 Million After Blowing Away January Box-Office Records

18 January 2015 7:52 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Patriotic passion, Oscar buzz drive huge debut for Clint Eastwood-directed Iraq War saga starring Bradley Cooper

With patriotic passion and Oscar buzz providing a double-barreled boost, the Iraq War saga “American Sniper” hit the bulls-eye at the box office with the biggest January opening ever in its nationwide expansion.

The Clint Eastwood-directed drama starring Bradley Cooper was at $90.2 million Sunday, distributor Warner Bros. reported. Its massive debut will more than double the former January mark for a three-day debut, and the R-rated Village Roadshow drama is on pace to top $100 million by Monday, the end of the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. »

- Todd Cunningham

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