See What Clint Eastwood Succinctly Says About ‘American Sniper’ Criticism

By Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
February 11, 2015 Updated: February 11, 2015

Amid the criticism of his film, “American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood offered a succinct yet somewhat confusing response.

A TMZ reporter asked Eastwood this week what he thinks about what filmmaker Michael Moore said about his film.

“Well, they are… they’re right,” he tells the TMZ reporter. The first “they are” part is hard to hear.

However, it’s somewhat unclear if he’s saying “their right”–as in they have the right to criticize his film–or if he’s just saying “they are right” in their assessment.

Moore last month created a media firestorm when he said, “My uncle [was] killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot you in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders are worse.”

It comes as “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” finally unseated Eastwood’s runaway hit “American Sniper” at the weekend box office, while a pair of high-priced fantasies flopped.

Paramount Pictures’ “SpongeBob Movie” earned $56 million in North America, a huge debut for the animated Nickelodeon big-screen transfer, according to estimates Sunday. That finally pushed “American Sniper” off the top spot after a three-week reign. The Navy SEAL drama took in $24.2 million in its fourth week of wide release.

The Wachowskis’ lavish science-fiction adventure “Jupiter Ascending” opened with just $19 million, a meager amount for a $175 million production. Warner Bros. delayed the release of the movie, starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, from last summer.

Universal’s “Seventh Son,” a supernatural thriller set in medieval times, debuted with a scant $7.1 million. The film, produced by Legendary Pictures and starring Jeff Bridges, cost nearly $100 million to make.

That gave the box office a couple of lucrative hits and a pair of costly misses to lead the early February weekend.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.