ByDaniel Pearson, writer at

Fresh off the back of two stunning weeks at the box office which saw American Sniper take in an astonishing $200m dollars, the oscar nominated film has its sights set on another record: the highest grossing war movie of all time.

The smash-hit war epic, directed by Clint Eastwood, tells the story of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), who becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history.

The film inched ahead of Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor over the weekend, which topped out at $198.5 million in 2001, and will surely now overtake Steven Spielberg's classic Saving Private Ryan, another WWII film which had takings of $217 million, to become the top-grossing war-themed film of all time.

A feat that will no doubt delight the film's distributors Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow.

Warner Bros.' distribution chief told The Hollywood Reporter,

"[American Sniper] created a gripping drama with a rare insight into the toll of war that has resonated with audiences in almost every demographic."

Watch an American Sniper featurette below:

American Sniper is nominated for 6 Academy Awards and is a favorite to take the coveted "Best Picture."


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