Kevin Hart's new movie 'The Upside' exceeded expectations and dethroned 'Aquaman' from top of the box office

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  • The Kevin Hart-Bryan Cranston dramedy “The Upside” won the
    domestic weekend box office, taking in an estimated $19.6
    million.
  • That knocks “Aquaman” from the top spot after being there for
    three-straight weekends.
  • “The Upside” had an impressive win, exceeding box office
    projections that had the movie opening around $10 million-$15
    million.
  • The movie was originally to be released by The Weinstein
    Company before the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey
    Weinstein crippled the company. Lantern Entertainment took over the
    title when the company bought remaining Weinstein Company assets in
    a bankruptcy auction in July 2018.
  • STXfilms was brought on to release the movie, it marks the
    first box office win for the company since it launched in
    2014.
  • “Aquaman” has now earned over $1 billion at the global box
    office, marking the first DC Extended Universe title to hit that
    milestone.

“Aquaman” has finally been taken down from the number one spot
at the domestic box office after being perched there for three
straight weeks, and the movie that did it was the unlikely movie to
pull it off.

STXfilms’ dramedy “The Upside” — starring Bryan Cranston as a
paralyzed billionaire who hires a recently paroled convict, played
by Kevin Hart — won the weekend box office with an estimated
$19.6 million.

It’s not only a remarkable feat that a
$37.5 million-budgeted
character study took down “Aquaman,” the
biggest movie in the world since the holidays. “The Upside” faced
tough odds of even making it to screens.

At one time “The Upside” was part of the upcoming slate for The
Weinstein Company, the now defunct production and distribution
company of Harvey and Bob Weinstein. Following the numerous sexual
misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein that forced him out
of Hollywood and left The Weinstein Company and its movies in
question, Lantern Entertainment purchased the remaining assets of
the company in a bankruptcy auction in July 2018.

Lantern brought on STX to release “The Upside,” which then
worked with its director Neil Burger to recut the movie from an
R-rated title to a more audience-friendly PG-13 version before its
release. 

Despite sitting on the shelf since being shot in the beginning
of 2017,
Kevin Hart’s Oscar host controversy
that surrounded his
promotion of the movie, and the movie only having a 40% Rotten Tomatoes
score
, “The Upside” exceeded industry projections.

Projected to only open around $10 million-$15 million, the
movie’s $19.6 million take showed that audiences were ready for a
change after weeks of seeing the DC Comics superhero, and it’s
evident Hart didn’t lose his huge fanbase despite backlash from his
past anti-gay jokes.

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It’s a huge win for STX, as this marks the first box office win
for the company since it launched in 2014.

But don’t feel bad for “Aquaman.” The latest DC Comics title
from Warner Bros. succeeded beyond any DC Extended Universe release
to date, hitting the $1 billion milestone at the global box office.
The movie hit the figure on Sunday following a $17.2 million take
over the weekend putting its domestic total at $287.8 million.

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Kevin Hart's new movie 'The Upside' exceeded expectations and dethroned 'Aquaman' from top of the box office