'Sniper' hits box office bullseye
American Sniper has shot down another box-office record: Its 31.9 million dollars (£21.2m) is the biggest Super Bowl weekend gross ever.
According to studio estimates on 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 dollars 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 dollars (£165m) in six weeks, making it the most lucrative war film without adjusting for inflation.
The competition was thin. The animated adaptation Paddington came in a distant second with 8.5 million dollars (£5.6m), 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 dollars (£4.3m).