‘American Sniper’ Earns Record-Breaking $30.5 Mil Friday, Shoots for $80 Mil-Plus Weekend

January 17, 2015 4:03 PM

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‘American Sniper’ Earns Record-Breaking $30.5 Mil Friday, Shoots for $80 Mil-Plus Weekend

Clint Eastwood’s Iraq War drama grossed a spectacular $30.5 million on Friday — the biggest single-day take in January. It looks to haul a record-breaking $80 million-plus this Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, easily overtaking last year’s “Ride Along,” which launched to $41.5 million, as the highest-grossing January debut of all time.

The pic, which is expected to make more than $68 million by Sunday, is also obliterating Eastwood’s previous opening record of $29.5 million for 2008’s “Gran Torino.”

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