American Sniper, the acclaimed new film from Oscar-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood, is a hit at the UK box office on its opening weekend, earning £2.535M at the UK & Ireland box office. The film, a riveting human drama starring Bradley Cooper as U.S. Navy sniper Chris Kyle, and Sienna Miller as his wife Taya, is Clint Eastwood‘s biggest ever UK opening. The announcement was made today by Josh Berger, President and Managing Director, WBUK and Ireland.
American Sniper has already collected six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor for Bradley Cooper, as well as Eastwood’s fourth nomination from the Directors Guild of America, and Jason Hall being named among the BAFTA and Writers Guild of America nominees for the film’s screenplay. “Clint Eastwood has delivered a compelling film, anchored by tremendous performances by Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller that is resonating with UK audiences” said Josh Berger. “Along with our partners at Village Roadshow Pictures, we congratulate the cast and film-makers on this fantastic opening”
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. The autobiography was a runaway bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 13 of those at number one.
American Sniper is currently doing the rounds at UK, Irish and North American cinemas, you can check our review here.