Weekend Box Office: ‘The Upside’ In Close Race For No. 1 With ‘Aquaman’

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Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston’s The Upside, is laughing louder at the box office than anybody expected.

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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.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: David Lee/The Weinstein Company; Warner Bros.
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