By Sandra Rose  | 

Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston

Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston's new movie The Upside ended Aquaman's reign atop the North American box office over the weekend. The Upside was a surprise hit after LGBT organizations called for their members to boycott the film over old derogatory tweets and jokes by Hart resurfaced online in December.

The Upside upended Jason Momoa's Aquaman as the king of the movie box office, after dominating the #1 spot for three consecutive weeks.

Based on a true story, the Hollywood remake of the 2011 French-language film The Intouchables stars Cranston as a quadriplegic billionaire who forms an unlikely bond with his ex-con caregiver, played by Hart.

The serious role breaks new ground for Hart who showed off his straight-faced acting skills in the comedy-drama.

The Upside was trashed by critics who wrote negative reviews, giving it just a 39 per cent approval rating on movie review site

But film fans who followed Hart's ongoing Oscar Awards drama were more receptive to the emotionally uplifting story of a Black man caring for a white quadriplegic. They flocked to theaters, helping to take the movie to number one with an estimated $19.6 million worth of ticket sales its opening weekend - almost double experts' initial estimates.

Hart stepped down as host for the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony in December after after his decade-old Twitter comments, about his son growing up to be ghey, came back to bite him.

The LGBT community called for boycotts after Hart appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to apologize and to say he was being harassed online by "trolls."

A film critic for Fox News San Diego affiliate Fox5, who called Hart's apology "garbage," said the controversy wasn't enough to boycott the heartwarming film.

"If it's Mel Gibson, who has said and done much, much worse than almost everyone else in Hollywood combined — I'm with ya. Let's avoid his films. But if we're going to talk about what Hart said in an attempt at humor — well, why are we not talking about Andrew 'Dice' Clay and what he used to say onstage?"

  • I Run New York

    I saw it. Phenomenal movie!

  • Youcan’tbanmesucka

    What a boycott!!! 1st place ? keep up the good work cupcakes!!

  • iWasteTime

    Those Bullies weren't getting a boycott
    Kevin Hart is bigger than those 10 year old tweets.
    1st place for his first serious movie at that ... lol

  • Yardgirl

    What a big FU to the internet thugs!! Bullying never works!!


    We CANNOT allow bullying from a group who cries foul about bullying!

  • Gloria

    I’m not even a Kevin Hart fan but I think it’s great that his movie has done well in light of the backlash over some old tweets.

    We are human.. We grow and evolve. We mature over time. Unfortunately, the internet police does not care about that and will hold something you said many years ago over your head. It’s not fair but it’s the way the world is now with social media.

    I think now he is more conscious of what he shares on social media and He still getting that $$$ so good for him.

  • Kanyade

    I was "meh" concerning this feature because it is another remake. Kudos.

  • Topic Influencer

    Based on a true story
    One of your readers had me thinking he was being a sambo etc. in this new movie. Said he was acting like Hoke on Driving Miss Daisy. Comes to find out its a true story.

    Loud and wrong af.

    Congrats to you Kevin. Box office Number One is a big deal.

  • Nisey

    LGBT, needs to let it go already!

  • Indies beauty

    Honestly not a fan of Kevin's but glad he shut them up.

  • Blak

    I will never pay money to see Kevin Hart but sorry gays you cannot bully people into being your allies. Black men are becoming too vulnerable to this bullying. Gays, keep John Legend as your black gay ally and leave everyone else alone

  • Blak

    I will never pay money to see Kevin Hart but sorry gays you cannot bully people into being your allies. Black men are becoming too vulnerable to this bullying. Gays, keep John Legend as your black gay ally and leave everyone else alone

  • RespectSelf

    Folks really be doing way too much for nothing.... Yall really want to end folks for stuff that did and said a whole decade ago. Folks change EVERYDAY. I feel this way across the board

  • RespectSelf

    Folks really be doing way too much for nothing.... Yall really want to end folks for stuff that did and said a whole decade ago. Folks change EVERYDAY. I feel this way across the board

  • MrsSpice1

    Not a fan but good for him. Still wish he wouldve hostsd the oscars just because....

  • MrsSpice1

    Not a fan but good for him. Still wish he wouldve hostsd the oscars just because....

  • Mielle Downey

    Here we go with the Boycotts again. he ain't finny but let the black man be great. Not everyone is playing for the other team.

  • Roderick2011

    Kevin can't act and Kevin isn't funny.
    Unless he has some blackmail on some prominent people his career is DOA!!!

  • Mielle Downey

    Last week, a 10-year-old boy dressed in drag was photographed with a naked adult male ‘drag queen.’

  • Candance

    The LGBTQ+ cracks me up!!!! LET IT GO!!!!!!!

  • Karen Brady

    I have no idea what this film or post is about and I'm probably not supposed to but I chuckled at that pic.

  • Phillybruh

    And it worked....I don't know too many gay people that cared all that much about this movie. I figured the manufactured controversy would get black folks in the seats.

  • Karen Brady

    *Chuckling*. Just chuckling.....

  • Eileen

    Thank You!

  • Karen Brady

    "One of your readers had me thinking he was being a sambo etc."
    I'm just here for the comments and ya'll have me giggling my azz off.

  • Trey

    The original movie was really has the French black guy actor...this is a US remake

  • Let them eat cake

    i hate the fact that it looks like the typical slave/servant movie with a black man serving the white man again. we cant get any roles unless we're being an idiot for white people.

  • Let them eat cake

    still sounds like a sambo story true or not lol

  • SpillyNillie

    LGBTQ has gotten on my LASTN!

  • Trey

    I think its based off a true story...

  • Eileen

    I saw the movie last night! It was absolutely inspiring! The billionare had to change in order to live and the chararcter Kevin played had to change in order to grow. It was a phenomenal movie! I RESENT like HELL the lgbt (with small letters) are always bullying people. lgbt everyone sees you for who you are "bullies and racists" white comedians have cracked gay jokes and you never held them accountable but for some reason satanwood I ment hollyweird I ment hollywood wants to castrate ALL BLACK MEN!!! in your face small letter people and hurrah for the people who made this movie number 1!!!!!!!! You can keep don looney I ment don lemon...

  • Eileen

    too much across the board! I saw the movie Kevin was great!

  • Eileen

    dont forget to throw them don loony I ment don lemon

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    They wont. It's a constant crusade with them. If it's not one thing, it's another.

  • Coy little wink

    I started watching Greenleaf yesterday...

    whew Chile!

  • Eileen

    It wasn't about samboism. I saw it last night with my white male friend. We both thought it was well acted and it sowed two characters who both had to learn and grow together it was a life movie

  • Phillybruh

    I love Latoya Luckett on that show, she needs more gigs.

  • Love Luv

    They are just mad because they couldn’t bully him in the corner and Kevin got in front of everything before they could. He left on the table instead of having them rip it from him. He took the power before they could ruin him with their agenda. They should’ve learned when his side chick of his side chick tried to extort him. Kevin will not do the blackmail. I will give him that credit. He obtained control over himself and THAT is why the glitter ponies are mad.

  • Eileen

    the lgbt is getting a new brand it is called "bully racists black men hater" they go after every black man in hollyweird/satanwood that has an erection for a women instead of a man....smh

  • Renee26

    Pretty good show

  • Eileen

    The movie was great.

  • Pamela

    Yes the French adaptation is awesome. Saw it years ago .

  • Coy little wink

    I heard she's really good I'm still on season 1 tho

  • Phillybruh

    oh when she shows up your going to love it.

  • Ricklaw

    Why don’t they protest trump all the stuff he said n did to them even tried to kick them out the army but they messing with everyone else except him

  • Ang

    I saw commercials for this movie for the first time this weekend. I had no idea it was already out or that there was a call for a boycott. My only thought was that it was the first Kevin Hart movie that looks like it might be good. I don’t see myself watching any Kevin Hart movie until it’s on cable so whatever ?????

  • Eileen

    and the lgbt said what? and where was the CPS and what kind of parents does he have and where is obama who started this messs of making it acceptable to the masses...smh the perverts want your children! Thats right I said it. there is no way to justify this and if you try you are as sick as the parents and the perverted drag queen!...smh

  • Ang

    “His side chick of his side chick”
    Lol ? the shade


    I don't like Kevin Hart but i'm going to go see this..


    Please stop.. tf..

  • Victor Nathan

    Kevin still have friends.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    I like her on this show too

  • tintin

    you will love it. i promise.

  • tintin

    Honestly i can't stand the The LGBT community, they always wanna boycott something. They will only be happy if we say that we gay too, always forcing people on their gay agenda. SMH.

  • Coy little wink

    I'm hooked

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Didn't know it was based on a true story...I'm intrigued ?

  • 11pink123

    These ppl need to find something else to do, like figure out why they don’t like the opisite sex.

  • Myfashiondelivery

    Lol...step away from your keyboard before the lgbtqmnlop come for you

  • Topic Influencer


  • Nikki J

    I saw both movies this weekend. Jason M is so yummy.

  • Nisey


  • Rayscoty

    LQBT need to get a life.. Sandra attack them worst and she the L. I never see boycotts about her blog.. No shade Sandra. I love your blog

  • Wyteprivilege

    “Opisite”? Wow. lol.

  • the guest

    Love SR Blog

  • EyeEmJai

    Still, Aquaman was the best.

  • the guest

    Isn’t he. I mean otherworldly handsome.

  • AllIN19

    Them eyes!!!!!

  • the guest

    Latoya Luckett should have a millions dollar beauty endorsement deal for Cover Girl or Fenton because she is absolutely a model.

  • Let them eat cake

    dont care still comes off that way

  • Let them eat cake

    not stopping ish

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I wanna see this ... I like them both actually......

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Bryan Cranston has a devote Breaking Bad following. Kevin Hart does well at the box office, like a Will Smith, especially costarring with top leading men!

    The movie trailer was a good one, and made people want to see it!

    The story hits home, as many Americans have caregivers or are caregivers!

    Many people side with Kevin, and feel the whole thing was being blown out of proportion. He apologized, regardless of who didn’t accept it! Ellen’s support also helped!

    Many factors, people shouldn’t be so easily destroyed!

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    Who going to see Kevin Hart’s movies. I can’t stomach him after We paid good money to see him live and he WAS NOT FUNNY!! I WILL NOT SUPPORT ANYTHING ELSE HE DOES!!

  • SweetTEE

    You had to catch the very first major show. Man, I was in literal tears. I wouldn't pay to see him now- not even with someone elses money.

  • the guest

    When more and more people don’t let them bully they will stop going after everyone.

  • Nik

    She played the heck out of her role. Each season it gets better and better.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    It's actually a very good show. I'm mad cause I have watched all 3 seasons and still go back to watch reruns.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Kevin Heart gets on my nerves sometimes but they need to leave him alone. They can have R Kelly. They are some of the worst bullies around. You have to be gay just to be supported and it's sickening.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    It is.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Exactly! He takes care of all his children and isn't out here røbbing people, so even though I may not like his behavior at times, I'm still going to support this movie. I refuse to play a role in trying to block someone else's blessings and they're trying to do right.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    All the darn time too. Smh. Annoying as hèll.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Anything I did a minute ago, I don't give AF about because I can't change the past. People will go back 15-20 years of your life, just so they can talk shït about you and try to prove you were a horrible person. ?. Past dwellers.

  • Well$$Well$$?

    I'm not surprised. One thing I've observed with the LGBT community is that they tend to stick together and will be on your arse like a pack of killer bees if you've offended them. I still feel like he apologized. What more do they want? His blood. Him to bow down to Ellen?

  • Rayne

    It was pretty good.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    YES! Thats exactly what they want. Thats why I pick and choose who I support within the gay community. If they're down with bullying folks, they don't ever have to worry about my support.

  • KcoolMuziq

    I was pleasantly surprised by Kevin Hart's first serious "thug" role performance when I attended the ULTRA PRIVATE industry screening earlier last week.

    Even though I'm not a fan. I give credit when it's do. Congrats to another Number#1 movie Kev. Despite the LGBTQRSTUV objections.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Or america likes a soft black man in a subservient position?

  • T Willis

    The media is the only one concerned about Hart’s tweets. Outside of the Hollywood bubble, no one gives a fawk. Truly.

  • noluvlost

    His side chick of his side chick....

    Whew Chile lmao

  • T Willis

    Because it’s easier to kick a brown man when he’s down.

  • T Willis

    I don’t care for Kevin, but, you are absolutely right. That man will not be bullied by anyone. I remember when the studios tried to shame him for not promoting their movie until they gave him extra money. Tried to leak sh*t that he was money hungry and selfish etc., but he never backed down. I honestly respect that about him.

  • T Willis


  • T Willis

    Lol I see your point - the narratives are starting to blend together - even if this particular film is based on a true story.

  • Dun Dilly

    Kev for the win.

  • T Willis

    Lmao @ you can keep John legend ?. I think dude has been on that team for a looooooong time. Chrissy is just great at her job

  • T Willis

    I think Hollywood focuses on content - historical or fictional - that presents the same narrative: wealthy yt owner/employer learns the meaning of life from poor servant/subservient black person. Now, no shade to the acting or the true story, but, aren’t people tired of the same story being replayed? Aren’t there other non-fictional stories where we aren’t the ones in subservient roles helping whitey see the error of their ways?

  • therealashland

    The gays are annoying as shit,. It’s like sometimes their behavior is almost rabbit like. Along the lines of it’s you agree with me or f you. Kinda like trump. Mind you I’m ghey and I could careless what a man who can look me in the eye standing up thinks. Care have more pressing things to care about vs a man who didn’t hit puberty fully, let Kevin live seesh

  • Harley

    Where’s this boycott energy for the white women who made comments?

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Let your haters be your motivators. Congratulations!

  • Tell the truth

    They need to shut up ?

  • McKay

    I watched the original French version to this movie on Netflix. It was hilarious. Watched the entire movie reading those subtitles....So worth it!!

  • JazzyBossyJen
  • Applebootay

    Trump crazy and the Gheys are trying to run the world, what else is new?

  • Blue

    Aquaman was pretty good. I'm not a fan of Kev's acting so I probably won't go see this ... but glad he is winning and everything.

  • Sassie

    *sigh* gay folks always mad about something. It's WAY bigger things to be mad about, smh. And didn't he apologize years ago anyway?



  • The Art

    LOL... funny thing is I don't recall anyone calling for a Kevin Hart boycott. When I just googled it there's no mention of it either. SR is at it again....

  • The Art

    But the crazy thing is they never said boycott Kevin. The media hyped up is old jokes and a few idiots like Don Lemon jumped on the bandwagon.

  • KcoolMuziq

    It's REALLY a good movie with an AWESOME message.It also puts both the poverty & wealthy together equally.

  • MistaO

    Great adaptation of the French film! This was really a good movie, Kevin was outstanding!

  • Mielle Downey

    I am going to hold my Black people up from those gay demonic entities. They have super imposed themselves as a minority and have been shining from the civil rights movement. Who I sleep with should not consider me a minority and they are taking this ish to another level and a counter movement needs to be started to combat their bullying.A social movement that stands to protect hetero sexual people who are born to love and appreciate the opposite sex.

  • pure_rachet

    My dad was a pastor all my life so I watched and loved it!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Good for him???

  • abby500

    Good job! LBGT kiss A.S.S.

  • abby500

    Great job Kevin. LBGT.... kiss A.S.S.

  • Sid

    I Saw it and i will always support Kevin Hart. Lgbbarbaque is really getting on my nerves seriously. You can’t force people to like you or to accept your lifestyle.

  • Whirl

    Some of those government employees don’t want to file for unemployment since they have to pay the money back once they receive the back pay. I told somebody the other day that it should be viewed as a loan with zero interest and a workable pay back plan. It’s their money anyway. Sometimes people need to put pride to the side.

  • NeverSurprised

    YAAAYYYYY KEVIN!!!! I don't find him funny in the least, but I support anyone who gives a big FU to the entitled, self-important gay mafia.

  • Thanos of Titan

    I'm gay and I don't recall any outpouring of gay persons calling for the boycott of Kevin Hart's latest movie. Receipts or I call bull...

    Anyway, congrats to Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart.

  • dontgetblocked

    What do these gay groups want? Homosexuals to just die? Gay jokes are some of the funniest jokes ever!! Imitating a gay man is hilarious. Get over it! All their doing is bringing hate on themselves.

  • dontgetblocked

    Or work for Uber.

  • Taj

    If you get a chance, you have to watch the original French version of this movie. The Intouchables. It's such a heartwarming movie. I could tell from the previous that I'm not going to like this Hollywood version. No offense to anybody involved but original was just so good. And it actually was one of the highest-grossing films in France.

  • Jethro

    Has Hart apologized to the LGBT community for beating out Aquaman?

  • Li-Wright

    The most important thing for an actor is "can he/she top the boxo" the opening week. And Kevin has proven it many times that he can.

  • Li-Wright

    Hollywood always spoils and soils the foreign versions of movies.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    go sit down. nobody's boycotting this man for not wanting his son to be gay. that's any parent, even the one's who support their flaming behind kids.

    i had issue with him basically saying he'd beat the gay out of his kid. other than that, idc about the rest. be civil, cordial, and respectful is all I ask.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    We are here. Best wishes for him tho

  • ShadesofEMPRESS


  • Allihave2say

    Lets hope they have enough credits to be eligible. It will take 2-4 weeks before they get the first check. Trump is rich enough to fund them, this was his idea so why not.

  • Sweetness

    I thought their community was about love, togetherness, and acceptance. And respecting one's opinion, right or wrong. Seems to me that the actions of those who want "equal" rights will bully you if you disagree with them. Hmm...Interesting???.
    If you are serving a dish that I don't like, it doesn't mean that I don't like the cook. I just don't like whatcha served.
    Ok ok ok I'm done. Love all y'all. Putting these two cents back in my purrrrrse. *said that like my Aunt Maybelle who ALWAYS have her wig COCKED to one side*

  • Lovebites73

    sure was and i loved it. not going to see this. ill just wait to rent it.

  • hottlanta

    There r more straight people than gay people. Kevin said l aint being no ally for the lfbtqsrtyup community carrying no flag all day.

  • theonezbt

    That is not right. He said it. He apologized. This is so not cool.

  • Jamal Warner

    He's a comedian. Most of the things they say are meant to be funny and not malicious.

  • SpiceGirl

    Again....when being a comedian goes wrong.....Pssst To Brian K.....any more Breaking Bad? <------I need it! lol

  • freelancepimp .

    Look like they finally took a lost against a black man. We know how the LGBT love jumping on the brothers for good pub and never tend to get much coverage when attacking white men for "homophobic" actions.

  • Maxx

    LGBT are not winning in anyway by trying to bully Kevin Hart into supporting or standing up for gay rights. He said he doesn't want his son to be gay..I don't think any parents WANTS their children to be gay. He apologized for saying he would beat it out of him. Some people say ignorant things jokes or not. He apologized & hasn't said anything else like it sense...let's move on. Who knows once you stop trying to be a bully, maybe he will be able to show more compassion & more support.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I miss Walter.

  • SpiceGirl

    Me tooooooo

  • malcolm johnston

    Growing up, I knew of 2 gay CHILDREN!... one gay boy raised by 2 lesbians (what's the ODD[s]?!) and another raised by an unmarried couple of 'artistes' whose 'lifestyle' included fellow artistes who lived mostly alt-sex (unconventional/alternate/QUEER) - this was pre aids -I pray they missed that boat... their son 'born that way', not like being surrounded your whole life by 'the lifestyle' would have any influence on him (gosh forbid he was molested, up until recently statistics showed high numbers of child molestors amoung ... well that statistic was revised more recently to align with the 'liberal' media!