Those who follow stand-up comedy know that right now Kevin Hart is one of the most popular comedians on the planet. There’s no question that Kevin Hart has reached the same level of popularity Eddie Murphy did in his prime, and he’s unquestionably the hottest comedian in America right now. Unfortunately, Hart hasn’t enjoyed the same good fortunate Murphy did when attempting to crossover into mainstream movies. However, as was announced by Variety today, January 3, 2013, Kevin Hart’s latest stand-up special, “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” will be hitting theaters on July 4, 2013.
Hart has already released three standup specials, “I’m a Grown Little Man,” “Seriously Funny,” and “Laugh at My Pain.” Additionally, Hart has appeared in a number of hilarious movies, including “Death at a Funeral,” “The Five-Year Engagement,” and “The 40-Year Old Virgin.” Interestingly enough, Hart had a supporting role in Eddie Murphy’s 2008 comedy, “Meet Dave.”
By releasing Hart’s latest special into theaters, Lionsgate is hoping to use Hart’s special to counter the major films, “The Lone Ranger” and the animated sequel “Despicable Me 2.” Based on the competition, it seems Lionsgate has selected a great opening weekend for the special – it’s hard to gauge how interested Hart’s intended audience will be interested in “The Lone Ranger,” though it’s certain that Hart won’t have any competition from “Despicable Me 2,” giving him a strong Box Office and theater presence.
Hart’s special was filmed during Hart’s massive 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 of the special. Codeblack previously backed “Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain,” which pulled in an impressive $7.7 million at the domestic box office back in 2011. According to BoxOfficeMojo, it’s the seventh-highest-grossing stand-up comedy film of all time, following some of the absolute greatest standup specials of all time, including “Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat,” the legendary special, “Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip” and the surprising chart topper, “Eddie Murphy: Raw.”