This weekend was projected to be in the dominance of DC's AQUAMAN as it swam past one billion at the worldwide box office. And while the film did make headlines with its current totals outmatching the entire run of the 2008 THE DARK KNIGHT, the domestic box office ultimately fell into the hands of Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston's THE UPSIDE, which pulled some impressive opening night numbers to leap ahead of AQUAMAN. The success of the film can most likely be attributed to the combined star power of Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, and Nicole Kidman who stars in a supporting role. However, even though AQUAMAN and THE UPSIDE had multiple much-needed victories, the rest of the box office couldn't find their groove, resulting in some disastrous flops from A DOG'S WAY HOME and REPLICAS.
As mentioned before, the prize debut of the weekend was THE UPSIDE. Despite the film being mauled by rough critics with a currently standing 39% on Rotten Tomatoes and Hart's widespread Oscar hosting drama, audiences still rallied to the support of its star-studded cast, including Hart. And audiences did more than just buy a ticket. According to its CinemaScore grade of an "A," it proves that audiences were beaming with the comedy, despite the industry controversy around it. Even though it will probably fall drastically in its preceding weekend thanks to the upcoming blockbuster release of GLASS, this is a fantastic win for Hart and company and one that should solidify his popularity with audiences nationwide. THE UPSIDE is playing in theaters now.
In second place is the film that continues to triumph, all the way from its original December 21st opening, despite this weekend being the first time it lost the number one spot. And this film is of course AQUAMAN. Reaching a billion dollars at the worldwide box office and having totals surpassing the critical darling THE DARK KNIGHT, AQUAMAN is nothing short of a triumph with the film expected to cross the 300 million mark domestically in the coming week. In addition, adding to its already extensive list of accomplished milestones, the James Wan-directed film is soon expected to actually cross THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, making it the most financially successful DC film of all time. AQUAMAN is playing in theaters now and you can read our review for it here.
Finally, in third place for the weekend, was inevitably the so-so debut of A DOG'S WAY HOME. Opening to a mere 11.3 million, it's a disappointing but expected debut for a film that has garnered little buzz over the weeks leading up to its release. And while what little audiences showed up to the film seemed to have enjoyed it, it didn't measure up with critics, letting the film seep even further into the drain. And for a film which has a 18 million production budget not including marketing, it could potentially be a loss for distributor Sony. A DOG'S WAY HOME is playing in theaters now.