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The Upside

Box Office: ‘The Upside’ surprises at no. 1 with $19.5 million, ‘Aquaman’ smashes $1 billion

LOS ANGELES : In a surprise box office victory, STX’s “The Upside” doubled expectations with its $19.5 million debut, enough to defeat “Aquaman’s” three-week reign in North America. Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart co-star in “The Upside,” which marks the studio’s first No. 1 opening. It also ranks as STX Film’s second-best start behind “Bad Moms,” which launched with $23 million in 2016. The box office victory comes as Hart has been in the headlines for whether or not he would host the Oscars. The comedian was tapped to…