IN THE SPOT­LIGHT

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

ha­rass­ment sur­faced against the movie mogul.

STX En­ter­tain­ment picked up the movie, which on Sun­day handed the five-year-old startup stu­dio its first no.

1 re­lease at the box of­fice. Launched in

2014 with a mis­sion to make the kind of mid-bud­geted, star-driven films the stu­dios have in­creas­ingly aban­doned, STX has had some suc­cesses (“Bad Moms,” “The For­eigner,” the crit­i­cally ac­claimed “The Edge of Sev­en­teen”) but has of­ten strug­gled to find break­out hits. Last year’s “The Hap­py­time Mur­ders,” with Melissa McCarthy, was one of the 2017’s most glar­ing flops.

STX’s Mo­tion Pic­ture Group Chair­man Adam Fo­gel­son pointed to strong au­di­ence re­ac­tion (an A Cine­maS­core) and down­played any ef­fect of the Os­car chat­ter on “The Up­side,” not­ing that Hart “is in the cul­ture con­stantly for tons of stuff.”

Fo­gel­son called the no. 1 re­sult a sym­bol of larger suc­cess for STX’s busi­ness model.

“We have been prof­itable on the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of our movies for more than a year and a half. No one needs to cry for us, but I don’t think the com­pany gets credit for that be­cause the way we’re do­ing that is so dif­fer­ent from how traditional Hol­ly­wood has op­er­ated,” said Fo­gel­son. “This re­sult is just an ex­cla­ma­tion point on the fact that this can work not just in an STX way but in an old Hol­ly­wood way, as well.”

DAVID LEE — STXFILMS VIA AP

This image re­leased by STXfilms shows Bryan Cranston, from left, Jahi Di’Allo Win­ston, and Kevin Hart in a scene from “The Up­side.”

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