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Those who follow stand-up comedy and the ever-revolving mantle of club and concert-hall performers know that Kevin Hart is a huge star. Like, “Eddie Murphy” big. But he hasn’t had Murphy’s luck when it comes to crossing over to mainstream movie success.
Hart has appeared in a handful of good movies, from Death at a Funeral and The Five-Year Engagement to The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Murphy, ironically, even used Hart for a supporting role in Meet Dave. Hart is putting in his time. Even though he has a few high-profile fictional projects on the horizon, Hart’s going to see if his stand-up act will help him knock down a few more doors.
Lionsgate revealed plans to release the stand-up comedy movie Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain on July 4, Variety reports. The trade explains that Lionsgate is hoping to counterprogram Hart against the major tentpole pictures The Lone Ranger (by Gore Verbinski) and the animated sequel Despicable Me 2. The movie was filmed during Hart’s 2012 Let Me Explain concert tour, which spanned 10 countries and 80 cities and wrapped concluding on New Year's Eve at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Lionsgate will partner with Codeblack for the release. The company previously backed Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain, which banked $7.7 million at the domestic box office back in 2011. But according to BoxOfficeMojo, it’s the seventh-highest-grossing stand-up comedy film of all time, behind such titles as Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat, Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip and the chart topper, Eddie Murphy: Raw. Could Hart move further up the charts? We’ll find out in July.