While millions tuned in to see the New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks following a decision by the Seahawks’ coach to call for a passing play instead of going into Beast Mode – a play call that resulted in an interception and opened the door for a Patriots win – American Sniper was busy setting another record in theaters. American Sniper added biggest box office take on a Super Bowl weekend to its list of accomplishments, ringing up $31.85 million and moving ahead of Hannah Montana‘s $31.1 million Super Bowl record.
American Sniper‘s domestic box office total is now $248 million and it’s currently number six on the list of 2014’s biggest box office earners.
Directed by Clint Eastwood, American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, Chris Kyle. Sienna Miller co-stars as Chris’ wife, Taya. The cast also includes Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Kyle Gallner, and Luke Grimes.
U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. 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. 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.
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 SEAL creed to “leave no man behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.