The Top 10 Winter Box Office Record Breakers
Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ held the previous record for the best opening weekend performance - it grossed nearly $84 million back in 2004 and remains the most successful non-English language movie of all time. The Lego Movie comes third overall, taking in $69 million during its opening weekend last year. Unlike American Sniper, however, it has only been nominated for a single Oscar - Best Original Song.
This chart shows opening weekend revenue of the most successful winter movie releases.