Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Box Office Update: “The Upside” Actually Did Much Better Than Predicted, Broke $20 Mil Over the Weekend


Box office update: “The Upside” directed by Neil Burger did much better than $19.5 million over the weekend. The Bryan Cranston-Kevin Hart remake of “The Intouchables” actually broke $20 million when all the chits were counted, bringing it to $20,355,000.

This is rather amazing since “The Upside” was fished out of the Weinstein Company bankruptcy. It premiered to standing ovations in Toronto in 2017.

The movie was a passion project for Harvey Weinstein, who released the original French film, than designed the American remake. Ironically, “The Upside” was the kind of hit that eluded Harvey, a full out comedy, not designed for the Oscars, but for big audiences. He’d been pursuing that for years.

Alas, “The Upside” got shelved after Weinstein’s sex scandals broke and the company went belly up. But STX rescued it, took Harvey’s name off the credits. and voila!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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