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In the first day of it’s release, “American Sniper” grossed 30.5 million dollars and is on track to be the biggest opening weekend, in January, of any movie ever produced.  “American Sniper” starring Bradley Cooper has surprised many with the amount of award nominations it has received.  It’s been nominated for seven awards including lead actor for Bradley Cooper and best picture of the year, best adapted screenplay, sound mixing, film editing and sound editing.  Yet, somehow Clint Eastwood was not nominated for best director.

Scott Mendelson put the numbers in perspective in an article printed in Forbes:

Going into yesterday, the biggest opening weekend for a movie Clint Eastwood directed and/or starred in is Gran Torino, which opened in wide release in January 2009 with $29.5 million. The biggest January debut weekend was Ride Along, which earned $48m over the Fri-Sun frame of its $48m Fri-Mon MLK weekend last year.

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The biggest opening day in January was Cloverfield‘s $17.16m Friday as part of its (at the time) record-breaking $40m debut frame in 2008.

The biggest single day was Avatar‘s $25.8m on January 2nd during its third weekend of release back in 2010. The biggest R-rated openings of all-time are Hannibal ($58m), 300 ($70m), The Passion of the Christ ($83m Fri-Sun during its $125m Wed-Sun bow) The Hangover part II ($85m Fri-Sun during its $135m Thurs-Mon bow), and The Matrix Reloaded ($91m Fri-Sun during its $134m Thurs-Sun bow). Unless I’m forgetting one, the biggest non-comic book, non-fantasy/sci-fi action movie debuts are Fast & Furious 6 ($97.3m), Skyfall ($88.3m), Fast Five ($86.1m), Fast & Furious ($70.9m), Quantum of Solace ($67m), The Bourne Ultimatum ($69m), and Mission: Impossible II ($57.8m).

Hey, Jesse Ventura….you wouldn’t make a good sized pimple on Chris Kyle’s ass.

Courtesy of Red Statements.