‘American Sniper’ keeps soaring at the box office; in the company of ‘Private Ryan’

American Sniper” is officially a phenomenon.

americansniper0118newThe Clint Eastwood-directed movie about Chris Kyle, the most successful sniper in American history, marched to an amazing $64.4 million box office take over the weekend for a total of just over $200 million, closing in on the $216.5 million grossed by Steven Spielberg’s iconic “Saving Private Ryan” in 1998, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Those figures don’t account for inflation, which would put Spielberg’s work in the $300 million range, according to the Reporter, but “Sniper” is a mega-hit by anyone’s definition (except maybe an out-of-touch leftist named Michael Moore.)

In foreign markets, of course, the movie isn’t nearly as big a hit, bringing in $17.6 million over the weekend, but the movie wasn’t made for foreign markets. (Hint: look at the title.)

The trade paper attributed its strength to its Oscar nominations – Best Picture and Best Actor for star Bradley Cooper – as well as the enduring appeal of the subject in heartland America.

Guess what, Hollywood? America loves heroes. It loves American heroes.

And it apparently loves “American Sniper.”

Anything to say, Mr. Moore?

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