American Sniper highest-grossing 2014 release in US

Written by on March 9, 2015

American Sniper has beaten The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 to become the highest-grossing film release of 2014 in the US. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper as Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the film has taken $337.2m (£223.7m) since its limited release in December.

The latest movie in The Hunger Games franchise has taken $336.8m (£223.4m). Set during the Iraq war, American Sniper is Eastwood’s most successful film to date.

The film had a limited release in US cinemas on 25 December, to make it eligible for this year’s Oscars. A wider release followed in January.

reports has it that it is the first time since 1998’s Saving Private Ryan that a “realistic”, R-rated drama has secured the largest box office takings of the year in the US.

American Sniper was nominated for six Oscars, including best picture and best actor for Cooper, but only won in the sound editing category.

Despite its popularity with US cinemagoers, the film attracted criticism for both its depiction of the Iraq war and of sniper Chris Kyle, upon whose book the film is based.

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