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Four Huge Records 'American Sniper' Is About to Break -- or Already Did

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In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Bradley Cooper appears in a scene from "American Sniper." The film was nominated for an Oscar Award for best feature on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. The 87th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)

"American Sniper" is filling theaters across the nation — and destroying old records.

The Sunday estimate of its debut weekend haul: $90.2 million.

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Bradley Cooper appears in a scene from "American Sniper." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures) 

Here's a look at the records that the Academy Award-nominated "American Sniper" already broke — or could break when final figures are released Monday:

  1. Biggest January debut of all time.

    As Business Insider noted, "American Sniper" has easily outdone the previous record-holder, 2014's "Ride Along," which brought in $41.5 million its opening weekend.

  2. Biggest debut ever for an R-rated movie.

    "The Matrix Reloaded" earned $91.7 million on its opening weekend back in 2003. When final figures are released Monday, "American Sniper" could surpass the sci-fi sequel.

  3. Biggest Clint Eastwood opening.

    The Eastwood-directed "American Sniper" easily shot past the $29.5 million debut of 2008's "Gran Turino."

  4. Biggest debut for an Oscar Best Picture nominee.

    That's right — even such blockbusters as "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (debut $72.6 million) and "Titanic" (debut $28.6 million) can't compare to the $90+ million haul of "American Sniper."

See the trailer for "American Sniper" below:

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