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Hollywood megastar Kevin Hart’s new film, The Upside, toppled Aquaman to become the number one movie in America this weekend.
This big debut of the dramatic comedy starring Hart and Bryan Cranston came as a surprise to industry watchers, earning a $19.6 million take for its opening weekend, easily smashing its seven million dollars forecast. The film also became its studio’s first number one film ever, bringing STXfilms its best debut, according to Deadline Hollywood.
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The Hart-led comedy toppled DC superhero flick, Aquaman, from its three-week status as number one. The comic book hero’s tale earned an additional $17.3 million for its fourth weekend bringing its domestic total to $287.8 million.
Kevin Hart deserves some of the credit for helping the film reach audiences through press junkets and TV talk show appearances for keeping his cool as hosts, and media figures constantly peppered him with questions over his messy pull out from hosting the Oscars. Everywhere he went to promote the film, the media was far more interested in talking about the social justice backlash over his past purportedly “homophobic” jokes than in the movie he and Cranston were trying...
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