“American Sniper” premiered this past Friday nationwide and already has earned more than $90 million. The Clint Eastwood film starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller is already the highest grossing January premiere of all-time, beating out the $68 million brought in by “Avatar.”
The buzz for the movie was building on the internet and around the water cooler too.
“Everybody on Facebook has been raving about it so I thought we might as well make a date night and come on out and see it,” said Jill Mathieu while waiting to see “American Sniper” Monday.
“All my co-workers came over the weekend, we didn’t have an opportunity so Monday night was a good night if we’re going to have a little date, we don’t do it enough,” said Jill’s husband, Dave Mathieu.
Others waiting to see American Sniper listened to critics along with satisfying their own interests.
“I’ve heard it’s a very good movie,” said John Wensyel of Wheeling. “I’m a history nut so I would like very much to see this movie so that’s why we’re here.”
“It got great reviews, I know a lot of people who have seen it and they say it’s a must see,” said Mark Hedrick of Moundsville. “I think right now people want to see a movie that’s about a real life hero.”
The Best Picture nominee has also drawn the interest of several with military backgrounds.
“We actually have family, both of our families have veterans in them so we come to see it in tribute to our veterans,” said Steve Jobes while waiting to see “American Sniper” Monday with Mary Allen.
“I’ve been hearing that it’s about postpartum traumatic syndrome and everything,” said Allen. “It’s something that’s hitting home in a lot of ways for a lot of us so it’s going to be a good movie, I’m sure.”
“American Sniper” is up for 6 Academy Awards this year and has had sold out shows at Marquee Cinemas at the Highlands all weekend long. They are actually adding it to multiple screens to fill the demand.