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The Original Kings of Comedy reunited to honour the late, great Bernie Mac. The special occasion was equal parts laughter and tears, as D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer joined Steve Harvey on his daytime show. There were some emotional surprises planned for Mac’s high-school sweetheart, Rhonda, and the couple’s daughter and granddaughter. Related: Steve Harvey, […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
This weekend brought some welcome news: Ben Affleck’s latest, “The Accountant” (Warner Bros.), came in better than expected. And though “Kevin Hart: What Now?” (Universal) grossed only about half as much, they both did well compared to their cost.
But the overall box office continues to lag against 2015’s peak record numbers, dominated by such fourth-quarter entries as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” a Bond film and the final “Hunger Games.” It’s hard to imagine that 2016 totals can beat them, even with Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” in early November, J.K. Rowling’s latest “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” from Warners and Disney’s “Moana” closer to Thanksgiving.
The Top Ten (+1)
$24,715,000 in 3,332 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $7,417; Cumulative: $24,715,000
2. Kevin Hart: What Now? (Universal) New – Cinemascore: A- ; Metacritic: 61; Est. budget: $10 million
$11,894,000 in 2,568 theaters; PTA: »
- Tom Brueggemann
It's been three years since Kevin Hart took the stage for the stand-up comedy movie Let Me Explain. In that time, he's appeared in numerous hit movies and made countless stand-up and TV appearances. But now he's ready to return to what he loves most, and the thing that made him a star. Today, we have the full-length trailer for Kevin Hart: What Now? And it sees the comedian at the top of his game. Literally.
Let Me Explained was a blockbuster success for the comedian, and grossed an astounding $32 million at the box office. So a follow-up was a no brainer. His previous effort is the third highest live stand-up comedy movie of all time. But What Now? could easily take the top spot away from Eddie Murphy Raw, which has held the title of biggest stand-up comedy movie since it hit theaters in 1987. It is followed by The Original Kings of Comedy, which came out in 2000.
This new trailer shows Kevin Hart as a James Bond-like secret agent. He is on a mission to get money for his latest comedy tour. And we're treated to some cool action comedy stunts as the diminutive joker attempts to get away from the bad guys. This is all just a set up for the actual movie, though, and when it arrives in theaters on October 14, it will help pad the runtime to feature length.
The real core of the film finds Hart doing something no other stand-up has ever achieved. He will take center stage in what is being called a 'groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance'. The show was part of his 2015 'What Now?' comedy tour. And it was filmed outdoors in front of a record 50,000 people. The show happened at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, and marks the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium.
What Now? brings the Kevin Hart stand-up trilogy to its inevitable conclusion, which kicked off back in 2011 with Laugh at My Pain. That movie went onto earn $7.7 million, and stands as the 8th highest grossing live stand-up comedy movie of all-time. Before What Now? hits theaters this fall, Kevin Hart can be seen opposite Dwayne The Rock Johnson in the new action comedy Central Intelligence, which opens this Friday, June 17. He is also one of the lead voice actors in the new animated comedy The Secret Life of Pets, in theaters July 8. And later this year, he'll reunite with The Rock alongside Jack Black to shoot the Jumanji remake. Today, we get to see him slinging jokes and acting more than just a 'little' foolish in What Now? Here's the latest footage, courtesy of Youtube »
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