"American Sniper" has set another box-office record: Its $31.9 million is the biggest Super Bowl weekend gross ever.

According to studio estimates Sunday, the Clint Eastwood-directed film narrowly surpassed the previous top Super Bowl weekend draw. The concert film "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" earned $31.1 million in 2008.

Hollywood often avoids competing with the Super Bowl as movie attendance falls dramatically on Sunday, but "American Sniper" has proved an unlikely sensation. It has now made $248.9 million in six weeks (and only three weeks of wide release), making it the most lucrative war movie, without adjusting for inflation.

The competition was thin, as Hollywood held off any high-profile releases, ceding the weekend to football.

The Weinstein Co. animated adaptation "Paddington" came in a distant second with $8.5 million in its third weekend. In a virtual tie with it was Paramount's found-footage, time-traveling thriller "Project Almanac."

Made by Michael Bay's production company, Platinum Dunes, "Project Almanac" led a trio of new releases with modest box-office ambitions.

"Black or White," a racially charged custody drama that re-teams Kevin Costner with "The Upside of Anger" director Mike Binder, opened in fourth with $6.5 million. Costner put up his own money to help finance the film, which Relativity Media distributed.

Estimated weekend ticket sales:

1. "American Sniper," $31.9 million.

2. "Paddington," $8.5 million.

3. "Project Almanac," $8.5 million.

4. "Black or White," $6.5 million.

5. "The Boy Next Door," $6.1 million.

6. "The Wedding Ringer," $5.7 million.

7. "The Imitation Game," $5.2 million.

8. "Taken 3," $3.7 million.

9. "Strange Magic," $3.4 million.

10. "The Loft," $2.9 million.

Associated Press