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�Despicable Me 2″ and �The Lone Ranger� have received the lion�s share of press over the last week, but it�s �Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain� that has become a surprise box office hit. According to numbers released by Deadline.com, Hart�s stand-up comedy film has already earned $7.4 million in ticket sales during its first two days of release. Per Variety, �Let Me Explain� could have $29 million in its coffers by Sunday night.
Should Hart�s film - which was filmed at a sold-out Madison Square Garden appearance last year - reach that lofty tally during opening weekend, it would already become the fourth highest stand-up comedy film of all time, behind only �Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip� ($36 million), �The Original Kings of Comedy� ($38 million) and �Eddie Murphy Raw� ($50 million).
That �Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain� is a big success shouldn�t be too much of a surprise. Hart�s last stand-up comedy film, �Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain,� earned $7.7 million after release in September of 2011, this despite the fact that it never played in more than 300 theaters. According to Deadline.com, �Let Me Explain� is in 876 theaters.
This has been a good year for Hart, who has a small appearance in �This Is The End� and also hosted the 4th of July festivities in Philadelphia on Thursday night (broadcast by VH1). The next few months could only make him a bigger star: Hart features in no less than five movies set for release in 2013 and 2014, including �Ride Along� (with Ice Cube), �Grudge Match� (with Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone), �School Dance� (from director Nick Cannon) and a remake of �About Last Night� (with Paula Patton).
Congratulations Kevin! Let us hold a couple dollars!