These are significant numbers. American Sniper beat both Mockingjay and Guardians of the Galaxy in the US box office. It beat them despite being an R-rated movie. It stands out on a list of the big box office winners that consist of comic book movies, teen movies and movies based on established intellectual property with a set audience. This is the real underdog story.
The movie achieved two more milestones over the weekend: It’s now the top-grossing release of 2014 in North America, while worldwide, it has jumped the $500 million mark, a stunning feat considering the subject matter.