The Iraq war film has now taken in $248.9 million in six weeks, the AP reports, making it the top-grossing war-themed movie ever, not accounting for inflation. This was a record previously held by "Saving Private Ryan."
"American Sniper" stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who was killed at a Texas gun range in 2013, allegedly by a former Marine he was trying to help. Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq, was considered the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. Kyle also helped found a veterans organization and wrote a best-selling autobiography.
"American Sniper" is up for six Academy Awards, including best picture and best actor.