Why Kevin Hart’s Oscar Host Noise Didn’t Upset ‘The Upside’ At B.O.: Stx Posts First No. 1 Opener With $19.5M+

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Final Sunday Update 10:04Am, after Sunday 7:32 Am, Saturday Am and Friday Pm posts:

In a slow January weekend, STXfilms reaped the box office spoils and notched its first ever No. 1 opening since launching their theatrical arm in August 2015 with The Upside posting $19.59M

Rivals have often knocked Stx for improperly dating their titles. Well, who is laughing now?

Stx’s distribution of Lantern Entertainment’s Upside is unexpectedly beating Warner Bros/DC’s Aquaman which hooked a $17.3M fourth weekend, -44% for a running domestic total of $287.9M. The Neil Burger-directed dramedy is soaring significantly past its industry tracking ($10M-$14M). It’s quite possible by tomorrow morning, The Upside ups its three-day take to $20M. Saturday’s ticket sales of $7.9M were up over Friday’s $7M by 14%.

Some wondered why Stx wasn’t releasing this movie next weekend over Mlk, which has been a lucrative period for Kevin Hart fare.
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