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Hunger Games and Guardians of the Galaxy fans might want to look away now - because there's a new box office champion for 2014...and it's not who you'd expect...

It may have only opened in a handful of cinema's on Christmas Day, before receiving a national release in January, but such humble beginnings haven't stopped a complete outsider from becoming a veritable cinematic sensation. The movie in question?

American Sniper.

That's right - Clint Eastwood's Iraq-set trauma epic has, since it was technically released in 2014, now officially become the year's highest grossing movie, having edged ahead of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 with a haul of $337 million.

Even Bradley's surprised...
Even Bradley's surprised...

The most intriguing part? Just how close a call it all was by the end of the year: American Sniper's $337 million beating Mockingjay's $336.9 million by just a few hundred thousand dollars. Even Guardians of the Galaxy, now knocked into third place, racked up an impressive $333 million.

It is, of course, a very different story internationally, with the controversial American Sniper having done substantially less business abroad - Transformers: Age of Extinction beating all comers with its over a billion dollar haul, and Guardians of the Galaxy and Mockingjay coming in third and fifth with $774 million and $751 million totals. In fact, taking into account the entire world, American Sniper only placed 16th for the year, with a $500 million international gross.

Note: "only" $500 million is always just silly.
Note: "only" $500 million is always just silly.

And yet, considering it opened in late December, only going on wide release in January, the fact that the movie was able to not only top the domestic charts, but beat out major players like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Lego Movie, The Maze Runner, The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent internationally is still borderline miraculous.

The even better news? Since this isn't the 1980s, we (almost certainly) won't see an inevitable sequel, American Sniper: The Re-Killening.

Or, at least, here's hoping we won't...

What do you think, though? Excited about American Sniper's incredible box-office feats? Could this mean we'll see more Oscar-nominated films dominate at the domestic box-office? Or, conversely, will we now see Avengers: Age of Ultron win a best picture oscar?

via HuffPost, Box Office Mojo


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