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Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper' is a bigger hit than 'Guardians'

'American Sniper' has demolished all January records and has even outgunned the enormous box office opening for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'.

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The film, based on America's most lethal sniper Chris Kyle, has nearly doubled what forecasts had predicted for the MLK weekend. Projections put the film at $105 million for the 4 days, making this Clint Eastwood's biggest hit ever.

Following the success of the autobiography, the film's adaptation was met with high praise, garnering over 70% on Rotten Tomatoes. 'American Sniper' is also nominated for several Oscars which has boosted box office takings and could lead to a ratings increase for the telecast on ABC.

To put things into perspective, last year's biggest film was 'Guardians of the Galaxy', and earned $94 million in its debut which was a record for an August release.

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Could this year's box office be about to experience a huge rebound? 'American Sniper' is nominated for 'Best Film' at this year's Oscars.

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