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Kevin Hart may prove to be the king of the January box-office.

Despite his Oscars controversy, the comedian scored an unexpected win with his latest film, The Upside at the box office. The comedy-drama which also features Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman earned an estimated $20 million at 3,080 theaters across the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday. It’s even more good news for Hart as he was just in Houston this past weekend for a rescheduled date of his Irresponsible tour — and took in a bite at the Turkey Leg Hut in Third Ward.

The total knocks Aquaman out of the top spot. The DC Comics film had been the No. 1 film in America since its December 19 release and crept past $1 billion at the worldwide box office this past weekend.

Inspired by the 2011 French film Les IntouchablesThe Upside tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Phillip Lacasse (Cranston), a paralyzed Park Avenue billionaire, and ex-con Dell Scott (Hart) who charms his way into the role of Phillip’s home aid after becoming frustrated with the jobs available to him after he paroled. The film outdid expectations of a $9-to-$12 million opening.

WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

  1. The Upside — $19.6 million
  2. Aquaman — $17.3 million
  3. A Dog’s Way Home —$11.3 million
  4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse —$9 million
  5. Escape Room — $8.9 million
  6. Mary Poppins Returns — $7.2 million
  7. Bumblebee — $6.8 million
  8. On the Basis of Sex — $6.2 million
  9. The Mule — $5.5 million
  10. Vice — $3.3 million

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