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The Upside Steals Top Spot at the Box Office as Aquaman Crosses $1B

Posted 2019/01/13 18 0



Early predictions had Aquaman taking the top spot at the box office this weekend, winning its fourth in a row. But The Upside slid in and surprised everyone with a $19.5 million win. The drama arrived amidst controversy over Kevin Hart’s role as potential Oscars host. Though he has stepped down from that position, it’s clear audiences still want to watch him work.

Coming from STXfilms and Lantern Entertainment, The Upside is an adaptation of the hit French movie Les Intouchables. Kevin Hart stars opposite Bryan Cranston and their on-screen chemistry was enough to make this drama a box office hit. It’s $19.5 million take doubles early estimates, and it has since earned an A Cinema score. The film was directed by Neil Burger, who already has films like The Illusionist and Limitless under his belt. Nicole Kidman also appears in the movie, which didn’t hurt anything.

Aquaman may have slipped to the number two slot at the box office, getting dethrones in its fourth weekend playing domestically. But it crossed a major milestone for the DCEU, having now earned over $1 billion worldwide. It pulled in another $17.2 million in the states, bringing its total domestic pull to $287.8 million. It is close to overtaking Man of Steel‘s stateside total of $291 million. Overseas, Aquaman added another $27.9 million to its pot, pushing the worldwide grosses to $732.4 million. It is now sitting at $1.02 billion globally, which isn’t half bad for a grungy fishman.

Related: The Upside Review: Kevin Hart & Bryan Cranston Share Great Chemistry

Coming in at third place was the Columbia Pictures/Bona Film Group’s drama A Dog’s Way Home, which pulled in $11.3, also beating early expectations. Though, that marks a definite downturn from the first movie, A Dog’s Purpose, which opened to the tune of $18.2 million back in 2017. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse managed to hold tight onto it’s fourth place position, getting another $9 million. That brings its domestic total to $147.7. The international gross is currently at $$154.6 million, which makes its worldwide total $302.4 million.

In second place last week, Escape Room has slipped to 5th place with another $8.9 million. The horror thriller has been winning praise from critics and fans, and is another surprise, with its domestic total currently resting at $32.4 million off a relatively small budget. So it’s a hit, and a sequel is likely. Coming in 6th is the Disney hit Mary Poppins Returns with $7.2, pushing its U.S. total t $150.7 million. It currently has a worldwide total of $287.9 million, and a sequel is also likely.

Rounding out this weekend’s top ten are Bumblebee at #7 with $6.7 million, On the Basis of Sex at #8 with $6.2 million, The Mule at #9 with $5.5 million and rounding it off at the bottom is the Dick Cheney biopic Vice, which brought in $3.2 million. Things will definitely get shook up big time next week when M. Night Shyamalan’s long awaited Unbreakable and Split sequel Glass finally opens. It is the only major release for that weekend. These numbers come from Box Office Mojo.

1The Upside
2Aquaman
3A Dog’s Way Home
4Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
5Escape Room
6Mary Poppins Returns
7Bumblebee
8On the Basis of Sex
9The Mule
10Vice



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