With American Sniper continuing to perform strongly, the difference between first place and all others on the box office Top 10 remains great, even as new films entered the marketplace this weekend. The new Kevin Costner-Octavia Spencer drama Black or White opened to $6.5 million to land in third.
It was a great week for "American Sniper." The Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper film not only picked up a bevy of Oscar nominations on Thursday, but it also destroyed several box office records with an estimated $105 million in ticket sales over the holiday weekend. Sign up for the tip sheet of the media industry, brought to you by Brian Stelter, Dylan Byers, and the best media team in the business.
Zamperini’s life is truly an amazing story: a rebel child who against all odds competes in the 1936 Olympics.
Almost to a critic, the reviews mourn that despite wonderful performances, outstanding cinematography and well-done action sequences, “something” was missing.
Entertainment Weekly suggested it was missing “the spark of danger,” The New Yorker muses that it is just too redundant and focused too much on “suffering, suffering, suffering,” ie it missed joy? What is unique is being a victim of extreme injustice and physical torture, being eaten inside by understandable rage and turning to alcohol.
That is what made Zamperini live not just a triumphant life, but an abundant one, dying earlier this year after 55 years of marriage, two children and a grandchild at the ripe age of 97. Zamperini’s story had been kicking around Hollywood since 1956, when his memoirs, “Devil At My Heels,” was bought by Universal. The problem, according to producers who’d been involved with it over the years, was that it was “simply too much material and no one could figure out precisely which parts of his story to tell and which to leave behind.” This is the meat of story-telling and the talent that separates the men from the boys. The surprise is that the very thing that got Zamperini invited around the world, his moving story of visiting the camp where many of his tormentors were held and not only telling them he forgave them but hugging them and inviting them to join him in his faith … Jolie felt that was what should be cut.
She is quoted as saying to her the story was “a reminder to me of something to hold on to – our faith and the strength of the human spirit.
Zamperini gained a new lease on life after attending a Billy Graham campaign, giving up his life as he knew it and taking on a new one, thereby living another 64 joy-filled years. This is the story told in Hillenbrand’s best-selling book, “Unbroken.” However, sadly not the story recounted in the film which is why the book is a bestseller and the film, well, let’s just say I’m predicting it won’t break any box office records.
Like most people in life-threatening situations, as he drifted with two other crash survivors on the raft – dehydrated, exhausted, and starved – he turned to prayer. According to Hillenbrand, it was that prayer he whispered on the raft at sea that he remembered when listening to Graham. He began speaking at churches about the power of forgiveness, and then invitations began flowing in from far-flung places. Rage, resentment, nightmares, PTSD and alcoholism are common in veterans, particularly former prisoners of war. Zamperini wasn’t freed from that prison camp until he forgave “The Bird” as well as all the men who tormented him. Jolie is said to have been crushed by Zamperini’s death at age 97 earlier this year, “He was truly a great man. Just a few days after the record-breaking Christmas Day opening of “American Sniper” the film is now the highest-grossing limited release (10 theatres or less) in cinema history.
A portrait of Chris Kyle’s heroism and the struggles he faced on both the battlefield and the homefront, “American Sniper” earned $1.04 million in its first five days in release, shattering the previous record with an astounding $260,000 per theatre average.
In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper have created a remarkable portrayal of a truly remarkable man. From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. Two-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper heads the cast, which also includes Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Kevin Lacz, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) directed “American Sniper” from a screenplay written by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice.
Eastwood’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-nominated director of photography Tom Stern (“Changeling”), Oscar-nominated production designer James J.

Clint Eastwooda€™s a€?American Snipera€? continued its box office dominance this weekend, picking up $64.4 million and steamrolling over everything in sight, including Johnny Depp.
Deppa€™s latest exercise in cinematic oddities, a€?Mortdecai,a€? left audiences cold, earning a paltry $4.1 million across 2,648 locations and coming in ninth on box office charts. The weekenda€™s other major new release, Universala€™s a€?The Boy Next Door,a€? fared better earning a solid $15 million from 2,602 locations and second place status.
Much of the Sunday afternoon box office quarterbacking will center on Deppa€™s deflating career, but a€?American Snipera€™sa€? endurance was the true stunner.
Among holdovers, the Weinstein Companya€™s a€?Paddingtona€? nabbed $12.4 million, and has earned $40 million after two weeks in theaters.
The film about code-breaker Alan Turing has also crossed the $100 million mark globally, and is on track to gross over $100 million in the U.S. ATTENZIONE: controllare sempre la cartella spam nella casella di posta, inquanto A? possibile che alcuni provider inseriscano automaticamente la mail di attivazione in questa cartella.
The war drama starring Bradley Cooper earned $31.9 million between Friday and Sunday, a record haul for Super Bowl Weekend. In theaters for one week only, its total gross ended up being just more than $70 million, which American Sniper, of course, more than surpassed in its wide-release debut earlier this month. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. He is then drafted to fight in WWII and during a search and rescue mission over the Pacific, his plane crashes.
The Hollywood Reporter laments that it just “rarely achieves gut-level impact, “ it missed…uh…emotional impact. That is a story that has been told and it is a sad but true fact that many extraordinary men and women are tortured and survive.
But instead of continuing that course in life, Zamperini turned to Jesus Christ and let go of the desire for revenge and fully forgave his tormentors. Tony Curtis was penciled in to star but chose “Spartacus” instead, and the movie languished for over fifty years. What parts of a story do you tell that will move people, cause them to laugh, cry, or lean in and leave the theater satisfied? And this can actually pull us through – it has in the past – and it’s something to remember in our dark hours, that this exists.
He told Hillenbrand there were multiple times in his life where he recognized the hand of God.
Hillenbrand asks, “If he had passed out from the pressure, and the plane had continued to sink and the pressure continued to build, why had he woken again? He endured daily beatings, starvation, and isolation as well as humiliation–he was forced to dance and to exercise for the guards, on cue. In a single moment, his rage, his fear, his humiliation and helplessness, had fallen away.” That night, Zamperini made a confession of faith in Christ and his life was never the same again. He became an international speaker, inspiring audiences worldwide that despite what is done to you, through Christ, you can forgive and … be free. While he met with many of them imprisoned in Japan for war crimes and extended love to them, “The Bird” refused to meet with him. The milestone was announced today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents.
The autobiography was a runaway bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 13 of those at number one.
Murakami (“Changeling”) and production designer Charisse Cardenas, Oscar-winning editor Joel Cox (“Unforgiven”) and editor Gary D. The micro-budget film was produced by Jason Bluma€™s Blumhouse for a modest $4 million and stars Jennifer Lopez.
The film shrugged off the ongoing debate about Navy SEAL Chris Kylea€™s heroism or lack thereof, to put up huge numbers.

Fourth place finisher Sonya€™s a€?The Wedding Ringera€? snagged approximately $11 million, bringing its total to nearly $40 million. The film about a woman with chronic pain had been expected to snag star Jennifer Aniston an Oscar nomination, but was shut out by Academy Awards voters. However, it is possible people impressed after watching the film used word-of-mouth to help tell friends and family how good the movie is.  The film features Bradley Cooper portraying Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and most prolific sniper in US military history, and Sienna Miller serving as Kyle's wife. All Rights Reserved.Previous PageNext Page 'American Sniper' breaks January box office records -- and breeds controversy - Jan. Again, against all odds, he survives 46 days at sea while nine of the others with him on that plane perished. Variety describes the film as “unaffecting, actually boring,” it missed an emotional something.
His wife turned her life over to the Lord and in a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, coaxed Zamperini to a meeting to hear Billy Graham. He never had another nightmare, stopped drinking, and became the man his wife thought she had married. It is human to want justice and to hold on to unforgiveness, it is only through faith that a loving God will bring justice ultimately and you can be healed totally, that one can let go.
So, Zamperini wrote him just so “The Bird” knew, he was forgiven and could also experience the love and joy that so marked Zamperini’s life. We are all so grateful for how enriched our lives are for having known him.” It’s just a shame she couldn’t have shared the reason behind his overflowing peace, love and joy with the world.
She has run film festivals, leaped buildings in a single bound, and in her spare time, writes film reviews.
He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. The film is produced by Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan.
Kyle survived four tours of service in Iraq, and was murdered on a Texas gun range by a fellow veteran. He is captured by the Japanese and tormented, tortured and brutalized for two years but again, survives. Nor is it the story that Lauren Hillenbrand spent seven chronically fatigued years writing a book about. Vanity Fair decries it as not feeling “alive enough,” describing it as missing life itself, I suppose.
It’s forgivable that none of the reviewers quite understood *what* exactly it was that seemed missing but clearly “something” was. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind. Tim Moore, Jason Hall, Sheroum Kim, Steven Mnuchin and Bruce Berman served as executive producers. The animated film was produced by Lucasfilm, centers on goblins and elves and was inherited by the Mouse House as part of its 2012 purchase of George Lucasa€™ company.
The Clint Eastwood-directed film has generated a high amount of controversy, though has the support of Kyle's wife and military members. He passed out underwater and then awoke only to find himself sinking deeper and deeper with the plane but no longer tangled.
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