‘American Sniper’ crushes box; ‘Selma’ in freefall

‘American Sniper’ crushes box; ‘Selma’ in freefall

Obviously our provincial box office gurus under-estimated the American people’s desire to see their warriors, wars, and country properly honored and honestly portrayed. In its wide-release debut, the story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is estimated to hit $75 million. UPDATE: $80 million.

Seventy-five million doesn’t just beat the previous January/Martin Luther King. Jr. weekend record, it obliterates the $41 million earned by “Ride Along” last year.

On Friday alone, with a $28 – $30 million haul, “American Sniper,” will beat or nearly beat Clint’s own best 3-day weekend; his “Gran Torino” haul of $29.5 million. …

Despite a also-ran Best Picture nomination and adding +56 theatres, producer Oprah Winfrey’s dishonest Civil Rights drama “Selma” lost -19% of its audience over last weekend.

That’s the worst showing of any Best Picture nominee still in theaters. …

ADDED: If you want to honor the great Dr. King this weekend, this is about as good as it gets. If you want to see two outright masterpiece’s that really were snubbed by Oscar, watch Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” and “Malcolm X” — two of the greatest movies ever made.

Continue reading →


Commenting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

You may use HTML in your comments. Feel free to review the full list of allowed HTML here.