Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston’s The Upside was the top-earning film of the weekend, ending Aquaman’s streak of three weeks in the top spot with a $19.6million debut.
The film – a remake of another smash hit film in The Intouchables, a French motion picture that made more than $426million worldwide in 2011 – edged out Aquaman, which racked up $17.3million, according to studio estimates.
In The Upside, Hart plays a former convict named Dell who acts as a caretaker to Cranston’s character Phillip, a billionaire with quadriplegia.
The strong performance of the film – which also stars Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies and Aja Naomi King – comes amid controversy surrounding Hart.
The comic/actor has been in the limelight since he pulled out of hosting the Oscars last month amid a controversy over homophobic tweets he had previously posted.
Aquaman did get some good news over the the weekend, as its intake pushed its worldwide total past the $1 billion milestone at the box office.
Momoa, 39, took to social media calling himself a ‘BILLION DOLLAR UNDERDOG’ who ascended ‘from baywatch to making what once was the most disrespected superhero into a billion dollar movie.’