- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 17, 2015

Clint Eastwood’s latest film “American Sniper,” based on the autobiography of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, is set to rake in more money in one day that any Eastwood-directed film.

Late night industry estimates show the film bringing down $29.1 million in its first expanded release day on Friday, Deadline Hollywood reported Saturday.

The film could easily surpass Mr. Eastwood’s previous box-office weekend record, 2009’s “Gran Torino” which saw $29.5 million in ticket sales.

In addition, “American Sniper’s” Friday ticket sales top the charts for the highest grossing day ever for a film in January, for a single day and/or opening day.

Previous record holders were 2008’s “Cloverfield” $17.16 million in January and “Avatar” which saw $25.8 million on it’s opening day Jan. 2 2010.

• Kellan Howell can be reached at khowell@washingtontimes.com.

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