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Larry Wilmore spent some time on The Nightly Show Monday night discussing American Sniper, the money it has made, its impact, and Bradley Cooper's abs. Cooper, according to Wilmore, is the "new R-rated Jesus," given that the movie is on pace to beat The Passion of the Christ as the number one R-rated movie of all time. The film's current box office total, over $200 million domestically, is the cost of "like 40 seconds of the actual Iraq War," Wilmore said. »
- Esther Zuckerman
In this week’s instalment of our series tracking cinema’s worldwide winners …
• Sharper marketing gives Weinsteins’ Imitation Game the edge
• American Sniper continues to rack up records
For the first time in his almost-45-year directorial career, Clint Eastwood finds himself sitting pretty on a true box-office phenomenon. $64.6m in Us proceeds this frame have cemented American Sniper’s place in the history books: the best non-debut weekend for an R-rated film ever and the eighth biggest second weekend. Dropping just 28% in the States, it’s looking rock-solid and a likely candidate to clear $300m, which would make it the highest-grossing war film there, and put The Passion of the Christ’s $370.8m R-rated record in its sights, just for kicks.
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- Phil Hoad
A filmmaker known primarily for his perceptive melodramas about women, from “Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her ” to “Mother and Child,” now turns his attention to a primal tale of fathers and sons — including the Son of Man himself — in “Last Days in the Desert,” a quietly captivating and remarkably beautiful account of Jesus’ time in the wilderness before the beginning of his ministry. Deliberately paced, sparely imagined and suffused with mystery, writer-director Rodrigo Garcia’s seventh feature is nonetheless quite lucid and accessible in its themes of empathy, compassion and sacrifice, and grounded by a Christ/Satan dual performance by Ewan McGregor that plays vastly better onscreen than it sounds on paper. While many will find the drama as arid as its parched surroundings, with a thoughtful and concerted marketing approach the picture might well appeal to art-minded nonbelievers and Christians open-minded enough to accept an off-Scripture narrative. »
- Justin Chang
Coming off a very surprising opening, American Sniper reinforced its status as a box office heavyweight by scoring one of the biggest second weekends ever.With over $200 million in the bank already, Sniper is now on track to be the highest-grossing movie from 2014 (it opened in New York and Los Angeles on Christmas Day). Among the new releases, Jennifer Lopez's The Boy Next Door got off to a decent start, while Mortdecai and Strange Magic were dead on arrival.Expanding to 3,705 locations*the widest release ever for an R-rated movie*American Sniper added $64.6 million this weekend. That ranks eighth all-time among second weekends, ahead of movies like The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games and The Passion of the Christ.That $64.6 million tally is off just 28 percent from the movie's opening frame, which is the best second weekend hold ever for a movie that opened above $80 million.With fantastic »
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While the mini-storm of political controversy continues to float around "American Sniper," it's not keeping audiences from lining up for Clint Eastwood's Iraq war drama. For the second straight week in wide release, the Bradley Cooper starrer topped the box office, and hauled in a tremendous $64 million bucks. It's the fourth best second weekend in box office history, bested only by "Avatar," "The Avengers," and "Spider-Man." And this is all without a superhero cape in sight, and saddled with an R-rating, while released in the usually dismal box office season of January. It's not hyperbole to say the film is doing phenomenal, unprecedented business, and crossing $200 million domestic. This is 84 year-old Clint Eastwood's top grossing film ever. The only question now remaining is if it can challenge "The Passion Of The Christ" for the top earning, R-rated domestic release of all time. It'll have to pass $370 million to get there, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
American Sniper continued its sensational box office run, dropping a mild 28% on its sophomore weekend to earn an estimated $64.4 million and fending off competition from a trio of new releases. The R-rated Oscar nominee is clearly benefitting from exceptional word-of-mouth and buzz. While the opening last week was incredible, its small drop this week was even more impressive, indicating that the film stands a good chance at being the #1 highest-grossing film of the year in North America. (Who would have thought that halfway through 2014? Nobody. And, technically, due to its platform run beginning on Christmas Day, the film is a 2014 release.)
The Bradley Cooper-led drama also amassed the eighth-largest second weekend of all-time. All seven films that had bigger second weekend takes surpassed the $400 million mark. While that is not a guarantee for Sniper, it should handily surpass the final grosses of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Guardians of the Galaxy, »
- Jordan Adler
The Iraq War saga “American Sniper” soared like a superhero movie at the box office, with a $64.3 million second weekend in wide release that would make any caped crusader proud.
The Clint Eastwood-directed telling of the tough return home by Navy Seal Chris Kyle, played in the movie by Bradley Cooper, continued its electrifying run with the best second weekend ever by an R-rated movie. In the process, “American Sniper” hit the $200 million mark in domestic grosses just 10 days after earning nominations for Best Picture, »
- Todd Cunningham
While last night's Producers Guild Awards may have shown the Oscar race is more about films such as Boyhood and Birdman, American Sniper isn't going to stop reminding us it is still hanging around as it only dropped 27.9% from last weekend's record-breaking $89.2 million wide release opening, hauling in a massive $64.3 million this weekend. That's the fourth biggest weekend ever for a non-sequel behind The Avengers, Avatar and 2002's Spider-Man. Not to mention it now looks like it might actually be able to break the record set by The Passion of the Christ ($370.7m) and become the highest R-rated release ever. As I said on Twitter, American Sniper (or the Unexpected Results when the Rest of the Country Goes to the Movies). Coming in second is the Jennifer Lopez-led thriller The Boy Next Door with an impressive $15 million. I say impressive because I only found out this morning this thing »
- Brad Brevet
To start its second weekend atop the Us charts, Sniper took $18.3 million and if this pace continues, it could take its place amongst the biggest second weekends ever, despite numerous new releases bowing. It also ranks as the biggest second Friday for an R-rated film, beating the other highest of $13.7 million set by The Passion of the Christ, and was also much higher than a lot of last summer’s blockbusters, which maxed out around $12-$13 million.
Estimates for American Sniper now range around the $60 million for its second weekend in Us cinemas, making it Clint Eastwood’s highest grossing film ever, and could quite easily be star Bradley Cooper’s biggest by the end of its run, with $154 million already under its belt. »
- Scott J. Davis
American Sniper added $18.3 million on Friday, which puts it on pace for one of the best second weekends ever.Among the newcomers, The Boy Next Door got off to a fine start, while Mortdecai and Strange Magic bombed.American Sniper's $18.3 million haul is, by a large margin, the biggest second Friday ever for an R-rated movie. In comparison, The Passion of the Christ added $13.7 million, while The Matrix Reloaded and The Hangover Part II earned $10.3 million and $10.6 million, respectively. Sniper's second Friday was also significantly higher than all of 2014's superhero movies, which were in the $9 to $12 million range.After eight days in nationwide release, American Sniper has already earned $154.1 million. On Friday, it passed Gran Torino to become director Clint Eastwood's highest-grossing movie ever. It also eclipsed Bradley Cooper's American Hustle.American Sniper is on track to earn at least $60 million over the three-day weekend. If »
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The founding fathers receive the “Vikings” treatment in “Sons of Liberty,” a six-hour miniseries that History channel will air over successive nights. Produced by Stephen David Entertainment – best known for heavily re-enacted docu-hybrids, like “The World Wars” – this scripted production is clearly intended to bring history to life, but sometimes at the cost (with apologies to Sam Adams) of feeling a bit too much like a beer commercial. Although generally interesting and handsomely done, the program isn’t without its excesses, and some of the liberties taken here, creatively and historically, have little to do with the price of tea.
Billed as a “dramatic interpretation of events,” “Sons of Liberty” opens in 1765, with Sam Adams (Ben Barnes of “The Chronicles of Narnia”) being sought by British soldiers. Drunk and unshaven, he has run afoul of Massachusetts’ governor for refusing to collect all the taxes the Crown considers its due from his fellow colonists. »
- Brian Lowry
There’s a reason Lars Von Trier decided to premiere his sexually explicit “Nymphomaniac” at the Sundance Film Festival last year. The mountainside gathering has a history of attracting edgy and boundary-pushing fare.
The Danish auteur won’t be showing anything explosive in Park City this time, but the 2015 edition of Sundance promises to have plenty of controversial documentaries and feature films about everything from sexual abuse to Scientology that are certain to spark debate.
Here’s a look at some of the most controversial projects looking to heat up the snowbound festival.
Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Why It Pushes Buttons: Based on the true story about a Stanford University psychological survey that had students create a mock prison setting to look at the root causes of abuse, the film will bring to mind recent clashes with authority ranging from »
- Brent Lang
That detonated the previous holiday record holder, “Ride Along,” which kicked off with $48.6 million. The largest January box office weekend belonged to “Avatar” and its $68.5 million haul from 2010. Clint Eastwood’s biopic about Navy Seal Chris Kyle doubled projections, which pegged a weekend in the $42 million to $50 million range.
Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow produced the Oscar nominated drama for roughly $60 million. It premiered in a handful of theaters on Christmas and has slowly built up word-of-mouth in the ensuing weeks, before launching on 3,555 screens. It’s also inspired lively debate about its accuracy. Any controversy around the film isn’t hurting its commercial prospects. “American Sniper” now has the largest weekend for an R-rated drama, topping “The Passion of the Christ,” and »
- Brent Lang
After three weeks of limited release, Warner Bros finally gave Bradley Cooper's "American Sniper" a wide release, which resulted in a record-breaking box office gross. The film earned a whopping $90.2 million over the weekend and is expected to reach $105.2 million over the long Martin Luther King Jr weekend. That's the biggest opening of all time for January, as well as the biggest opening for a non-tentpole movie. The previous record-holder was "The Passion of the Christ" with $83.8 million. "American Sniper" is also easily Clint Eastwood's biggest movie. His previous best opening was for "Gran Torino" ($29.5 million). "American Sniper" cost $60 million to make and has a 74% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Plus, the movie was recently nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture. Meanwhile, Kevin Hart's "Wedding Ringer" took second place with $21 million over the weekend, the best debut for an R-rated comedy in January. It's another big win for Hart. »
Opening in the States on Friday, the Oscar-nominated American Sniper has enjoyed a record-breaking debut weekend in the States, with the film pulling in an astonishing $90.2 million over the three day weekend. It is projected to reach $105.2 million by close of play on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend tomorrow.
That figures shatters the previous January record, which was held by Ride Along on $41.5 million, and is also the biggest debut for a non-tentpole release, surpassing the $83.8 million opening of The Passion of the Christ, and the second-biggest for an R-rated film after The Matrix Reloaded’s $91.8 million.
American Sniper is directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Bradley Cooper as Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. You can read our reviews of American Sniper here, here and here.
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- Gary Collinson
Whoever said that there’s no such thing as bad press knew what they were talking about. Despite the dismal reviews for the new film the Interview, the comedy about an attempt to assassinate Kim Jong-un hauled in $15 from online sales in a few days. The movie had very little buzz and low expectations before the controversy began. This proves that the best thing you can do to help a film is try to stop it.
Sony Pictures should be thanking the “Guardians of Peace”. The group of hackers who got Sony to temporarily withhold the film and then release it instead on cable, satellite and online, provided the best pre-release promotion that the film could possibly ask for. The Interview took in $ 2.8 million at the box office in its first four days, playing in only 330 small, independent theaters, and 15 million from online rentals and sales.
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16 items from 2015
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