For Third Weekend Straight, ‘American Sniper’ Rules Box Office

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Call it a three-peat.

American Sniper continues its remarkable ride, taking the box office for a third weekend and setting a Super Bowl weekend record.

Clint Eastwood’s film about Navy SEAL sharpshooter Chris Kyle tallied an additional $31.9 million for a total box office of $249 million, according to studio estimates. It beat out the $31.1 million haul of 2008’s Hanna Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, the previous Super Bowl high earner.

The movie has managed to stay front and center in the American discussion, generating both praise and controversy for its portrayal of the Iraq War. On Friday, first lady Michelle Obama applauded the film, calling it a “complex, emotional depiction of a veteran and his family.”

“This is still the movie that everyone is talking about. It has really struck a national chord in a profound way,” says Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Rentrak. “Even on Super Bowl weekend, American Sniper continues to draw audiences in big numbers.”

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Source: USA Today | Bryan Alexander

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