Cleveland Loves American Sniper, America Does Too


Though Scene Music Editor Jeff Niesel wasn't moved or deeply bestirred by the patriotic allure of Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, starring an enbeefed Bradley Cooper as superlethal Iraq war sniper Chris Kyle, viewers across America certainly have been.

With a record-breaking second weekend at the box office, Sniper is on pace to become the biggest movie of 2014 — it opened on Christmas Day on the coasts — ahead of franchise cash cows like Mockingjay Pt. 1, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Captain America: Winter Soldier. 

Though huge flocks of hunters and cowboys in Texas have predictably descended upon the Cineplexes in Kyle's homestate, D.C. news outlet The Hill reports that viewers in America's "heartland" are also fueling the enduring interest. 

In a blog post this morning, The Hill reported that audiences in Cleveland, notably, grew by 73 percent. 

That's due, in part, to American Sniper's wide expansion. Playing at more than 3,700 theaters nationwide, it's the largest showing ever for an R-rated film. 

Via Box Office Mojo, Sniper's current total haul is $200 million. And with weak competition over the next several weeks, it should coast in the top spot for much of February.  

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