The Iraq war biopic tells the story of United States Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper) – who was deemed the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.
According to Variety, the film grossed $90.2 million in its debut weekend in wider release, setting it on track to obliterate box office records for both January and the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend holiday. When all's said and done, it could make $105 million over the four days.
“The movie has become a cultural phenomenon,” Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. head of domestic distribution told Variety. “It tore apart the record book and not by a little. By an enormous amount.”
The film already set an all-time record for a limited release under 10 screens during its stellar Christmas Day debut, so this weekend's showing is just one more stop on the "Sniper" train, which Eastwood will be conducting all the way to the Academy Awards on February 22 – it's nominated for six Oscars.