The Upside was a bit of a surprise winner at the weekend box office. The film starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston brought in $19.6 million during its opening weekend and this was definitely a bit higher than predicted.
It is a remake of the popular French film The Intouchables. This is a bit lower than Kevin Hart’s last opening of $27.3 million that Night School brought in last November. The film was originally rated R but it was edited for a PG-13 rating which proved to be the right move as this film gave STX Entertainment its first #1 weekend opening ever.
Aquaman spent its first weekend removed from the top spot at the box office. The film dropped 44 percent during its fourth weekend and brought in $17.3 million. The film is standing just under $290 million domestically. The film also achieved a milestone this weekend by becoming the first film of the DC Extended Universe to reach $1 billion at the worldwide box office and is second all-time for DC Comics behind The Dark Knight Rises.
A Dog’s Way Home opened in third place with $11.3 million. The family film based on the W. Bruce Cameron novel received good reviews and I expect a domestic gross around the $40 million range as very possible.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse climbed a spot back to fourth place with $9 million. The film just won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature and the film’s domestic gross is right under $150 million. The film’s worldwide gross is right around $300 million. I expect continued success for the film as the awards season continues.
Escape Room dropped three spots and dropped 51 percent during its second weekend. The horror film brought in $8.9 million and crossed $30 million domestically. I still believe that $50 million is a very realistic goal.
The other new wide release Replicas failed to open inside the top ten. The thriller starring Keanu Reeves opened in twelfth place with $2.5 million. The film has received terrible reviews and it doesn’t seem that the audiences are interested either. I don’t think you will see this film break into the top ten.
Mary Poppins Returns ($7.2 million) crosses $150 million domestically while Bumblebee ($6.8 million) crossed $100 million domestically. Bohemian Rhapsody is also fresh off winning several Golden Globes and is approaching $200 million domestically after eleven weeks of release.
I think this will be the only weekend that The Upside is box office champion as next weekend will give us Glass, the sequel to 2000’s Unbreakable and 2017’s Split. It is the latest M. Night Shyamalan film and has been receiving a good deal of hype.
Weekend Gross by Distributor:
Sony Pictures: $29.8 million
Warner Bros.: $23.9 million
STX Entertainment: $21.2 million
Disney: $9.5 million
Focus Features: $7.1 million
Paramount Pictures: $7 million
Annapurna Pictures: $3.7 million
20th Century Fox: $3.2 million
Entertainment Studios: $2.5 million
Universal: $2.1 million
Next week’s openings: Glass