We all know that any good film does pretty well in the box office on its opening, particularly if it gets some press beforehand. But American Sniper, as Yahoo news’ article says, “… hit the bulls eye, earning an astonishing $90.2 million in its debut weekend. It is now on pace to decimate records for the Martin Luther King holiday and for the month of January, pulling in roughly $105 million over the four-day period. It’s also a new high-water mark for director Clint Eastwood, whose previous weekend record was the $29.5 million wide-release opening for 2008’s Gran Torino. At 84, he’s still got it. “The movie has become a cultural phenomenon,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. head of domestic distribution. “It tore apart the record book and not by a little. By an enormous amount.”” *end of Yahoo quote.
“Cultural phenomenon?” WHAT? What, like sharp shooters are known and welcome in our culture of NO GUNS, PLEASE?
This is a movie that comes out about the man who killed more enemies than any American soldier ever. This is about WAR, this is about VENGEANCE, RIGHTEOUSNESS, GOOD OVER EVIL, a MAN’S SACRIFICE…..heck, this involves SHOOTING! And a number as high as $105 MILLION in four days means people who hate GUNS are seeing it.
Is this a sea change due, possibly, to the beheadings Americans have seen? (I daresay even some punk Ivy League American Jesse Watters interviewees who ‘think the Civil war was in 1966 against England’ might even know about the beheadings?) Did Ferguson’s unrest make people a little more eager to see a sharp shooter who takes care of business? Did Charlie Hebdo’s tragedy actually sink in? Or is it just good entertainment? But, heck, who’d know it was such good entertainment on its first weekend? Usually, films with tons of press start pretty big (due to huge name stars…which this film hasn’t), huge budget (which this film hadn’t)…okay, it’s Clint Eastwood, but this boxed more than ANY of his films.
Am I being overly optimistic thinking that Americans went to see this film because they finally know what we’ve always known? : we are in HUGE trouble and we need good people who know how to shoot and aren’t afraid to defend us? Does it thrill movie goers to finally allow themselves to see a real MAN who GETS THE JOB DONE?
What do you think?