Kevin Hart's 'The Upside' Movie Opens At No. 1 Following Oscar Host Controversy

"We did not see any evidence that it was impacting the audience’s desire to come see this movie.”

(AllHipHop News) Kevin Hart recently went through the roughest patch of his A-list career. The Philadelphia native went from being on top of the world as the announced host for the 2019 Academy Awards to having to deal with condemnation from the LGBT community.

Some of Hart's old tweets and jokes were deemed homophobic. The Academy reportedly asked him to apologize, but he decided to walk away from MCing the Oscars instead.

The comedian's initial reaction to the criticism just drew more criticism. All of those public battles took place while Kevin was trying to promote his new movie The Upside.

It turns out the controversy didn't stop STXfilms'The Upside from debuting at #1. The comedy-drama, which also stars Bryan Cranston, pulled in an estimated $19.6 million at the box office in its first weekend of release.

While critics bashed the Neil Burger-directed motion picture (39% Rotten Tomatoes critics score, 44/100 Metacritic score), moviegoers gave the remake of the French film The Intouchables a positive grade. It earned an "A" on Cinemascore and has an 88% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

“All the conversation surrounding Hart’s Oscar hosting situation was divorced from The Upside. The movie wasn’t featured in those conversations. The conversation about the Oscars specifically occupied its own lane, and we did not see any evidence that it was impacting the audience’s desire to come see this movie,” said Adam Fogelson, Chairman of the STXfilms Motion Picture Group.

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