The Upside [= Worldwide: $120,478,717 ] first frozen TWC film into circulation

3 April, 2019

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The Upside

Domestic Total as of Apr. 2, 2019: $107,578,717
Distributor: STX Entertainment Release Date: January 11, 2019
Genre: Comedy Runtime: 1 hrs. 58 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Production Budget: $37.5 million
= Worldwide: $120,478,717
With an estimated $19.59 million, STXFilms’s The Upside topped the weekend box office, dramatically outperforming expectations heading into the weekend. The remake of the popular French film The Intouchables, The Upside stars Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, and while the reviews were mixed heading into the weekend, opening day audiences seemed to enjoy themselves, giving the film an “A” CinemaScore, which bodes well for the film’s future.
The Upside’s opening audience was 59% female with 74% of the overall audience coming in aged 25 years or older. The film was originally rated R, but upon acquiring the the film following the Weinstein Co.’s bankruptcy settlement, STX and Lantern Entertainment worked with director Neil Burger and the film’s producers to recut the movie to a PG-13, making it more accessible to a broader audience. The move paid off and gave STX its first #1 debut ever.

The Upside is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Neil Burger and written by Jon Hartmere. It is a remake of the French 2011 film The Intouchables.  Originally, The Upside was set for release by the Weinstein Company in March 2018, after it appeared at the Toronto Film Festival in 2017. After the Weinstein scandal, there was no money left to release the film, until Lantern Capital took over the Weinstein Company’s assets.  The Upside is the first of the frozen TWC films to make its way into circulation, landing with STX Entertainment, who is partnering with Lantern Entertainment to handle worldwide distribution.

 

[December 4 2011: Untouchable: TWC plans U.S. release of the French film   ]

French "Untouchables" 2011

French “Untouchables” 2011

French comedy “Untouchable,” about a rich quadriplegic and his black caretaker, has racked up $90 million since it debuted Nov. 2.Thus far, the movie has sold 10 million tickets. In comparison, “Welcome to the Sticks,” a 2008 French comedy, sold 20 million tickets, while James Cameron’s 1997 drama “Titanic” moved 19 million tickets.
The Weinstein Co. purchased remake rights to the film last July and plans U.S. release of the French film. A spokesman for the studio said that a release date has not been set.

The deal gives the Weinstein Co. rights in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South Africa and China, as well as distribution rights for pan-Asian satellite television.

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