People were wondering how Kevin Hart’s latest film, ‘The Upside‘ would do at the box office, because of all the drama surrounding his tweets from 10 years ago. Some experts believed the drama would hurt the film at the box office, but it looks like it may have helped.
The film surprised everyone by coming in first at the box office this past weekend. It made $19.5 million during its opening weekend, which is double what the experts were predicting. It beat out three-week champ Aquaman.
‘The Upside,’ which stars Hart and Bryan Cranston is the first No. 1 opening for STX, so it was a pretty big deal for the studio as well. Not only did this have the Hart controversy surrounding it, it also had the Weinstein controversy attached…
“The Weinstein Company was originally on board to distribute the comedic drama about a quadriplegic billionaire who befriends an ex-convict hired to help him. It premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival but was shelved after sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein came to light. STX and Lantern then purchased the rights and worked with director Neil Burger to recut the movie from an R rating to PG-13 in hopes that would make ‘The Upside’ more accessible for a broader audience.”
So yeah, a $19.5 million opening is a huge win. Hart has a strong group of fans who will always come out to support him and they certainly supported him this weekend. It shows every studio out there that Hart can still be a leading man.