Monday, July 8th, 2013

'Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain' Has the Second Best Opening for a Standup Movie Ever

While summer is typically a season dominated by big-budget summer blockbusters, comedian Kevin Hart's standup concert film Let Me Explain became a surprise hit over the holiday weekend. The movie, which followed Hart's worldwide tour and sold-out Madison Square Garden performance, grossed $10.1 million over its opening weekend (or $17.5 million if you count Wednesday/Thursday numbers), despite only playing in 876 theaters. The impressive debut means Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain has the second-highest opening weekend for a standup movie, falling short of The Original Kings of Comedy's $11 million in 2000. So does this mean Kevin Hart is now the most popular standup comedian in the country?

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  • Nucastle

    How does the hypothesis of this article make any sense when 99% of comics never release a "stand up movie"? I know it takes a certain amount of sway to get that to happen but still. And I'm pretty sure this was a welcome alternative for the black crowd who didn't give a shit about The Lone Ranger and Despicable Me 2 (and I couldn't blame them).

  • steve

    He may well be the most popular. Popularity does not equal funny.