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American Sniper sets Super Bowl weekend record

American Sniper

Story by Jack Foley

THE American Sniper success story continues in the US where it set a new Super Bowl weekend record.

The Clint Eastwood-directed film took a further $31.8 million and is now nearing the $250 million mark. Its $248.9 million is an incredible result for an adult drama about war and its psychological effects.

Elsewhere at the US box office, family film Paddington took second spot, earning $8.7 million and pushing its US total past the $50 million mark, while new release Project Almanac finished third with a modest $8.5 million.

The Paramount release focuses on a group of teenagers who make a time machine.

Race drama Black or White, starring Kevin Costner, finished fourth with $6.5 million, while Universal’s micro-budget thriller, The Boy Next Door, rounded out the top five with $6.1 million.

Black or White, which was also financed by Costner, follows the fortunes of a grandfather fighting for custody of his African-American grandchild.

It did, however, lose a lot of its audience to the continuing phenomenon that is American Sniper, which has now collected the type of box office figures more usually associated with superhero movies.

It looks set to become the highest grossing war film of all time, ahead of Saving Private Ryan, and is also now on course to pass The Matrix Reloaded as the second-biggest R-rated release in history.

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