Kevin Hart‘s new stand-up comedy film Let Me Explain has been a surprise smash at the box office and could potentially become the most successful film of its kind ever.
Hart, who has been on a winning streak following his hit film Think Like a Man and popular BET series Real Husbands of Hollywood, already has one very successful stand up film under his belt; 2011’s Laugh at My Pain.
But the performance of Let Me Explain is unprecedented.
According to Deadline.com, the film has already earned $7.4 million in ticket sales during its first two days of release, which nearly eclipsed the entire run of Laugh at My Pain. And Variety reports that Let Me Explain made $29 million by Sunday night.
The movie achieved this feat while opening in 876 theaters. In comparison, Disney’s The Lone Ranger (starring Johnny Depp) opened in 3,904 theaters and yet only grossed $5 million more than Hart’s low-budget comedy.
To date, Eddie Murphy’s seminal 1987 stand-up film Raw remains the most profitable in the genre’s history — earning $50 million. If adjusted for inflation, that total would reach $100 million in 2013 numbers.
Hart is poised to have several major movie releases in the coming months and years, including Ride Along (a buddy action comedy with Ice Cube), a remake of the 80’s Rob Lowe hit ...About Last Night and a co-starring role alongside Hollywood heavyweights Robert DeNiro and Sylvester Stallone in Grudge Match.
With Let Me Explain turning heads in Hollywood, his star will likely continue to rise.