The dramedy, also starring Bryan Cranston, goes up against fellow new offerings A Dog’s Way Home, a family drama, and Replicas, a sci-fi thriller starring Keanu Reeves. None of the three films are likely to unseat ruling champ Aquaman, which is set to swim past the $1 billion mark in global ticket sales sometime on Saturday or Sunday.
The Upside and the family-friendly A Dog’s Way Home, the first PG release of 2019, are each tracking to open in the $9 million-$12 million range. Replicas is projected to earn an unimpressive $4 million to $5 million.
From STXfilms and Lantern Entertainment, The Upside hits theaters after a long delay. The pic, about a quadriplegic billionaire who hires an ex-con to care for him, staged its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival but was shelved weeks later following the downfall of Harvey Weinstein. It is a remake of the 2011 French film The Intouchables, which was a huge global hit and became a cultural phenomenon in its native country.