'American Sniper's Box Office Numbers Just Broke A Majorly Historic Record
With a box office opening like the one it managed to nab, this is no surprise — but still, good news for the film and its bevy of stars: According to Uproxx, American Sniper just broke the record for highest-grossing war movie of all time, and has officially earned more than the previous record-holder, 1998's Saving Private Ryan.
If you're one of the two people left who are not familiar with American Sniper yet, here's a quick rundown: It's based on Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle's autobiography, which details his time in the armed forces that led to him being named as the "most lethal sniper in U.S. history."
Aside from all the award nominations and critical acclaim, American Sniper is (obviously) getting its fair share of attention from the American public: In total, the movie has made $217.1 million at the box office, just barely beating 1998's Saving Private Ryan, which made $216.5 million during its theatrical run. For the record, it's worth noting that, when adjusted for inflation (since 1998 was 17 years ago, a fact that sort of terrifies me), the $216.5 million that Saving Private Ryan earned at the box office actually becomes about $307.2 million — still more that American Sniper's gross earnings. However, with American Sniper set to be number one at the box office for the third week in a row, this is a number that it will likely surpass in the near future. After all, audiences are just absolutely fascinated by that fake baby in the movie.