Friday Box Office: ‘The Upside’ Dethrones ‘Aquaman’

It looks like the Kevin Hart Oscars controversy hasn’t affected the upside of, uh, The Upside, as the dramedy starring Hart and Bryan Cranston is rolling right out of the gates to exceed expectations. The film, directed by Neil Burger from a script by Paul Feig, took in $6.9 million on Friday night, headed toward a well-above-expectations $18-20 million debut. Aquaman, which has ruled the box office since its December 21 premiere, has finally been dethroned, surfing to second place on Friday night with $4.5 million. It’s been a long road to the …

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