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9 Blockbusters With Smaller Opening Weekends Than 'American Sniper'

Following three weeks of incredible limited release grosses, Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" shattered box office records over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. "American Sniper" earned an estimated $90.2 million during the three-day frame, breaking a record held by "Avatar" for biggest January weekend ever. The $90.2 million also ranks as the best wide-release debut for a live-action performance from star Bradley Cooper (Cooper's voice-only role in "Guardians of the Galaxy" earned roughly $4 million more in ticket sales) and Eastwood's biggest opening as a director. There's more, too: "American Sniper" hit $100 million on Monday, making it the only Best Picture nominee thus far to cross that threshold in North America. Overall, "American Sniper" ranks as the 40th best wide-release debut of all-time, just behind the first "Harry Potter" film. To prove how significant all these stats are and put the numbers into some context, HuffPost Entertainment found nine blockbusters with smaller opening weekends than "American Sniper." This one is simply massive:

  • "Avatar"
    <strong>Opening Weekend</strong>: $77,025,481
    Fox
    Opening Weekend: $77,025,481
  • "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones"
    <strong>Opening Weekend</strong>: $80,027,814
    Fox
    Opening Weekend: $80,027,814
  • "Thor: The Dark World"
    <strong>Opening Weekend</strong>: $85,737,841
    Disney
    Opening Weekend: $85,737,841
  • "The Hangover Part II"
    <strong>Opening Weekend</strong>: $85,946,294
    Warner Bros.
    Opening Weekend: $85,946,294
  • "Fast Five"
    <strong>Opening Weekend</strong>: $86,198,765
    Universal
    Opening Weekend: $86,198,765
  • "Spider-Man 2"
    <strong>Opening Weekend</strong>: $88,156,227
    Sony
    Opening Weekend: $88,156,227
  • "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"
    <strong>Opening Weekend</strong>: $88,357,488
    Warner Bros.
    Opening Weekend: $88,357,488
  • "Skyfall"
    <strong>Opening Weekend</strong>: $88,364,714
    Sony
    Opening Weekend: $88,364,714
  • "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"
    <strong>Opening Weekend</strong>: $90,151,958
    Disney
    Opening Weekend: $90,151,958
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