Weekend Box Office: ‘The Upside’ Earns $1.1M, ‘A Dog’s Way Home’ Barks Up $535K in Thursday Previews

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Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston’s The Upside is doing better at the box office than anybody expected. untitledbryancranstonfilm_03-h_2017

After earning a promising $1.1 million in Thursday-night previews, the dramedy is in an unexpectedly close race with Aquaman for the weekend crown, according to early estimates. Projections show The Upside earning as much as $7 million-$8 million on Friday for a domestic debut in the $17 million-$20 million range. Heading into the weekend, tracking showed the film opening to no more than $9 million-$12 million.

That compares to projected earnings of $17.5 million-$20 million for Aquaman, which is in its fourth weekend. Whatever happens, the Warner Bros. superhero film will celebrate a major milestone as it crosses the $1 billion mark in worldwide ticket sales sometime late Friday or Saturday after finishing Thursday with a global cume of $979.2 million.

 

The Upside, 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.

 

STX picked up distribution rights to Upside from Lantern, which bought the assets of The Weinstein Co. Nicole Kidman also stars in the Neil Burger-directed film.

 

The Upside opens opposite the family-friendly A Dog’s Way Home and the sci-fi thriller Replicas starring Keanu Reeves.

 

A Dog’s Way Home,  is expected to place No. 3 with $11 million-$13 million, in line with expectations and including $535,000 in Thursday previews.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Weinstein Company
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