NEW YORK (AP) — "American Sniper" has shot down another box-office record: Its $31.9 million is the biggest Super Bowl weekend gross ever.
Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle; Sienna Miller plays Kyle's wife, Taya. (Photo: Keith Bernstein, Warner Bros. Pictures)
According to studio estimates Sunday, the Clint Eastwood film narrowly surpassed the previous top Super Bowl weekend draw. The concert film "Hanna Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" earned $31.1 million earned in 2008.
Hollywood often avoids competing with the Super Bowl, but "American Sniper" has proven an unlikely sensation. It has now made $248.9 million in six weeks, making it the most lucrative war movie without adjusting for inflation.
The competition was thin. The animated adaptation "Paddington" came in a distant second with $8.5 million, in a virtual tie with Paramount's found-footage thriller "Project Almanac."
Kevin Costner's "Black or White" opened in fourth with $6.5 million.