Kevin Hart may not be hosting the Oscars this year, but he's proven his power at the box office once again with the better-than-expected launch of The Upside, co-starring Bryan Cranston.
The long-delayed dramedy — one of the last films made by Harvey Weinstein before the mogul's demise — beat Aquaman over the weekend with $19.6 million in a surprise victory. Heading into the frame, release tracking showed it opening to no more than $9 million to $12 million domestically.
The Upside is also a win for new Weinstein Co. owner Lantern Entertainment and STXfilms, which partnered with Lantern to distribute and market the movie. It's the first time a title from STX has opened at No. 1, as well as marking the second-biggest debut for STX behind 2016's Bad Moms ($23.8 million). The indie studio doesn't have an equity stake in the film, but will take a distribution fee.