American Sniper: Biggest Box Office Debut Ever for January or Clint Eastwood

January 18, 2015 5:13 PM

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American Sniper: Biggest Box Office Debut Ever for January or Clint Eastwood

The Clint Eastwood-Bradley Cooper war story American Sniper is projected to set a few big box office records this weekend. It’s already made more money in its first day than any other movie ever released in January, and more money on a single day in January than any other movie. It’s the biggest box office debut of Clint Eastwood’s career. It’s also on pace to have the highest grossing weekend ever in January, and not by a little—it’s expected to almost double the mark set by Ride Along last year. This is all according to Box Office Mojo, a website that pays attention to this stuff as its job.

Here are the numbers: Sniper is estimated to have made $30.5 million on Friday, its first full day in wide release. The previous record was Cloverfield’s $17.2 million in 2008. The previous single day record for January was set by Avatar in 2010 with $25.8 million. Eastwood’s biggest opener before S...

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