The record-breaking success of Clint Eastwood’s AMERICAN SNIPER has shocked the Hollywood establishment and produced angry denunciations from Tinseltown leftists.
SNIPER earned more than $100,000,000 its first weekend in wide release—the strongest opening for any war movie, ever. It also counted as the top January opening in history—easily beating AVATAR, the previous record holder, which went on to become the leading box office earner of all time.
Eastwood’s film isn’t comparable to “Nazi propaganda,” as comic star Seth Rogen suggests: it’s a straightforward biography of an American hero who is motivated by his deep Christian faith, and carries a Bible into combat. Beyond its popularity—and an “A+” rating from viewers according to CinemaScore—SNIPER won six Oscar nominations—including Best Picture, though 84-year-old Clint Eastwood was snubbed for Best Director. Perhaps politically correct Academy voters recalled his anti-Obama “empty chair” speech at the GOP convention.