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Box Office: ‘American Sniper’ #1, Breaks Super Bowl Weekend Record

In its third weekend of wide release, director Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” is expected to gross another $31.3 million, which breaks the record for the highest grossing film over Super Bowl weekend.

What’s extraordinary about this feat is that previous record holder, 2008’s “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert,” debuted on this weekend to $31.1. million.

At 84 years-old, Eastwood can still make liberals cry.

By Monday, “Sniper” is expected to be at $250 million, or close enough to pass the magic mark by Tuesday.

“Sniper” humiliated this week’s second place. In its third weekend “Paddington” won’t crack $8 million, nor will the found footage, time travel drama “Project Almanac,” which debuted to $7.75 million.

Kevin Costner’s racial drama “Black and White” went wide with 1823 screens this weekend and earned $6.2 million.

Both “The Wedding Ringer” and “Taken 3” seem to be slowing down fast. After 3 weeks the Kevin Hart comedy earned just $5.6 million for a total of $48 million. “Taken 3” sits at just $81.5 million after 4 weeks, which puts it way behind pace with its two predecessors.

“Selma” dropped completely out of the top 10.  The Civil Rights drama sits at $43.6 million after earning $2.37 million this weekend.

These numbers come from Deadline. Full report here.

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