Box-office watchers were dealt a big surprise courtesy of “The Upside”, which surpassed industry estimates to bring in $19.5 million at the domestic box office, dethroning “Aquaman” as the the weekend’s top-earning movie, reports Variety.
Starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, the remake of acclaimed French film “Les Intouchables” tells the story of an ex-con hired to look after a quadriplegic billionaire.
As Variety notes, “The Upside” had a rocky road to the screen, initially a property of the now-defunct Weinstein Company that was shelved shortly after the bombshell accusations against Harvey Weinstein were made public in November 2017. Initially rated R, the movie was purchased by STX and Lantern Capital, with director Neil Burger recutting the film to be PG-13.
“When I look at where the movie overperformed, I think [its rating] was a beneficial contributor,” Adam Fogelson, STX’s Motion Picture Group chairman, told Variety, also crediting star Hart’s loyal fanbase. “Kevin is in rarified company when it comes to the level of support of his fans,” he added.
While “Aquaman” may have dropped to the #2 spot, the Jason Momoa-starring comic-book flick added an impressive $17 million in domestic revenues in its fourth weekend of release, for a domestic total of $287 million. Internationally, “Aquaman” is proving to be a phenomenon, becoming the first DC movie to surpass $1 billion since “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012.
Capturing the third-place spot is “A Dog’s Way Home”, which brought in $11 million in its debut weekend, with “Spider-Man: Into the Multi-Verse” (with $9 million domestically in its fifth weekend) and “Escape Room” ($8.9 million) taking the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.