'American Sniper' becomes highest grossing 2014 release
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 was 2014’s top grossing film—until now: American Sniper has grossed $337.2 milllion since its December release, making it the highest grossing domestic film released in 2014.
American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper, opened in four theaters Dec. 26 and expanded to 3,555 Jan. 16. It continued to spend three consecutive weeks at No. 1 and didn’t leave the box office top 10 until this weekend, its 11th week in theaters.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 also spent three consecutive weeks on top of the box office after it opened Nov. 21 and has made an estimated $337 million total (it’s still in a couple hundred theaters). But American Sniper, which was surrounded by both controversy and Oscar buzz, ended up coming out ahead and will continue to make more. This weekend, it grossed an estimated $4.5 million in 2,545 locations—a strong number considering how long it has already been in theaters.
But even if American Sniper continues to perform well, it won’t be able to top the highest grossing movie of 2013, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which ended its run with an impressive $424.7 million.