Box Office: ‘The Upside’ Beats ‘Aquaman’ With $19.6-M; ‘Replicas’ DOA

Box Office: ‘The Upside’ Beats ‘Aquaman’ With $19.6-M; ‘Replicas’ DOA

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The Upside’ is a win for Kevin Hart and STXfilms; ‘Replicas’ marks a career worst for Keanu Reeves.

Kevin Hart is proving his power at the box office again with the better-than-expected launch of The Upside.

The dramedy beat Aquaman at the weekend with $19.6-M in a surprise victory.

The Upside is also a win for STXfilms, which partnered with new Weinstein Co. owner Lantern Entertainment to distribute and market the movie. It is the 1st time a title from STX has opened at #1, as well as marking the 2nd-biggest debut for STX behind 2016’s Bad Moms at $23.8-M. The indie studio does not have an equity stake in the film, but will take a distribution fee.

The Upside, which cost about $35-M to produce before marketing, staged its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

 The Upside earned an A CinemaScore and strong exits polls, making up for sorrowful reviews.

The mighty Aquaman followed at #2 in its 4th weekend with another $17.3-M for a domestic take of $288-M. The Warner Bros. tentpole celebrated a major milestone Saturday as it topped the $1-B mark in worldwide ticket sales, becoming the 1st DC superhero pic to join the Billion Dollar Club since The Dark Knight Rises in Y 2012 and the 5th Warners release ever to do so.

Through Sunday, Aquaman‘s worldwide box office stands at $1.02-B.

Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) A Dog’s Way Home came 3rd place with $11.3-M. The film received an A- CinemaScore.

The weekend’s 3rd new offering, the sci-fi thriller Replicas, came DOA with $2.5-M. The Entertainment Studios release was received a C CinemaScore after getting hammered by critics. And came in at #13 on the charts.

Back in the Top 10, Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stayed high up on the chart after winning the Golden Globes win for best animated feature on 6 January, dipping 31% to $9-M for a domestic tally of $147.8-M. Globally, Spider-Verse crossed the $300-M mark at the box office.

Sony’s Escape Room rounded out the Top 5 with $8.9-M for a 10-day domestic box office of $32.4-M.

Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) Mary Poppins Returns followed with $7.2-M for a domestic take of $150.7-M. The pic is on its way to becoming the # 5 musical of all time in North America. Globally, the sequel has taken $287.9-M.

Paramount’s Bumblebee placed #7 domestically with $6.8-M, topped the foreign chart for a 2nd weekend running, earning another $35.6-M for a foreign tally of $256.3-M, and $364.8-M globally.

At the Specialty Box Office

Participant Media and Focus Features’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On the Basis of Sex, placed # 8 with $6.2-M from 1,923 cinemas for a domestic take of $10.6-M

Annapurna and Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk expanded nationwide, earning $2.4-M from 1,334 cinemas for a domestic box office of $7.7-M.

Annapurna’s Vice came at #10 with $3.3-M for a North American take of $35.9% Vs a production budget of $60-M. The movie fell 43%.

 Bohemian Rhapsody saw a 35% uptick off of its Golden Globe win, as it added about 250 theaters and offered special sing-along screenings. The Queen biopic earned $3.2-M from 1,334 locations for a North American take of $198.5-M and $772.7-M worldwide.

Green Book earned an estimated $2.1-M from 742 cinemas for a domestic box office of $38.6-M. The film was up 16% after adding 176 locations. Green Book is from Participant, DreamWorks and Universal.

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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