Clint Eastwood’s war trauma drama “American Sniper” is expected to surpass both “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” as 2014’s top-grossing domestic release.
‘Sniper’ currently stands at a U.S. gross of $282.4 million, putting it just $50 million short of ‘Mockingjay’ ($335.7M) and ‘Guardians’ ($333.2M). New estimates for the film by BoxOffice.com suggests the movie will close out its domestic run with around $360-365 million.
‘Sniper’ is still performing strong, dropping relatively small percentages from week to week. Last weekend it scored a further $23.3 million and it’s expected to pass a $300 million total by next week. It has already passed “Saving Private Ryan” as the top-grossing war film of all time, it is also the fourth highest-grossing domestic release in Warners history.
Films with ‘American’ in the title rarely go well overseas, but ‘Sniper’ has done solid business abroad with $79.5 million so far and with several key markets left to open. Even so, it won’t come close to the box-office haul of 2014’s biggest global grossers – making this particular success very much a domestic phenomenon.