'American Sniper' Just Made War Movie History (VIDEO)

With the film American Sniper, Hollywood took a great story, found what some might call an unlikely leading man in Bradley Cooper, and pissed off just enough people to make everyone want to check it out for themselves. And now everyone involved in the making of the movie can relax and enjoy a huge reward: The controversial film has just set the record for highest-grossing war movie of all time.

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In just a few short weeks (the film's release date was January 16), American Sniper surpassed the second highest-grossing war film -- that would be Saving Private Ryan with Matt Damon -- by earning $217.1 million to Ryan's $216.5 million.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. The film has been added to 180 additional theaters across the country and is expected to earn another cool $35 million, which will secure its place as the number one film at the box office for three weeks in a row.

The Clint Eastwood-directed biopic is based on a book by Navy SEAL sharpshooter Chris Kyle and stars Cooper in the title role. It is up for six Academy Awards nominations, including for best picture and actor in a leading role.

Kyle, who was killed in 2013, is known as the "deadliest sniper" in U.S. history and is thought to have killed 160 people. But recent stories have revolved around him possibly fabricating some of the big stories he told about his experiences, including one in which he claimed he punched Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura because the former wrestler spoke badly about the Iraq War and Navy SEALS. After a court battle, Kyle's estate was forced to pay Ventura $1.8 million in damages because the governor held firm on his claim that the story was totally false.

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Obviously, none of the bad press is affecting American Sniper -- at least not in a negative way. At the end of the day, regardless of the truth behind Kyle's stories, it's a fascinating story and one millions of folks are flocking to see.

Here's the trailer:

Have you seen American Sniper? What did you think of the film?

 

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