American Sniper from Warner Bros and Village Roadshow has passed The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I to become the highest-grossing domestic film of 2014 with an estimated $337.2M haul. The international cume came in today at $163M, taking the drama directed by Clint Eastwood to $500.2M and still growing. This frame, it added $14M from 5,016 screens in 59 markets, setting benchmarks in two.
The film has been breaking Eastwood’s overseas box-office records at a quick clip ever since it debuted to a massive $7.1M in Italy in January. That market remains its best offshore locale with $23.1M, followed by the UK ($20.5M), France ($17.2M), Australia ($15.15M) and Japan ($12.3M). It was No. 1 in France for the 3rd consecutive frame this week and No. 2 in Japan. This weekend, the film also took over 2014’s top spot in the U.S. market, again passing Mockingjay to grab the domestic box-office crown.
In nearly every market where it has bowed in the past two months, American Sniper had the biggest debut weekend for a Clint Eastwood-helmed movie ever and went on to become the director’s top title of all time. Russia and Holland opened this frame, and both set records for an Eastwood start. Russia was $338K on 525 screens and Holland saw $616K on 76.
Warner Bros also noted today that American Sniper is the No. 1 war movie ever and the top-grossing film of Bradley Cooper’s career. Cooper scored his third consecutive Oscar nomination for his portrayal of title character Chris Kyle.