Box Office: "The Boy" Wins Weekend of New Releases with Solid $11M

Posted 12:20 PM January 26th, 2016 by Senh Duong
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Of the three new wide releases this weekend, horror film “The Boy” ended up being the big winner, grossing $10.8M at the box office.

The other two releases were raunchy comedy “Dirty Grandpa” and YA thriller “The 5th Wave.” Both films pulled in similar numbers, $11M and $10.3M respectively.

Although they all did similar business, “The Boy” cost only $10M to make, so it’ll be the most profitable when it’s all said and done. At $38M, “The 5th Wave” cost nearly four times as much. I’m not sure how much “Dirty Grandpa” cost, but with Robert De Niro and Zac Efron in the cast, it’s probably a lot more than “The Boy.”

In our podcast, Binh and I were predicting $5-$6M for “The Boy,” and it did twice that. You can listen to our podcast below to hear our reasoning for our low expectations.

“The Boy” is doing slightly better than “The Forest,” another modestly budgeted horror film that opened a few weeks ago and has grossed $25M to date. That’s probably where “The Boy” is headed.

It has no chance to catch the last scary doll movie “Annabelle,” a spin-off of “The Conjuring” that opened to a frighteningly huge $37M and ended its run with $85M. Its enormous success, especially considering that it only cost $6.5M to produce, is probably what made “The Boy” possible.

The top two films at the box office this weekend is “The Revenant” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” with $16M and $14M respectively. “The Boy” placed fifth behind “Ride Along 2” and “Dirty Granpa.”

Based on gross per theater, the top film of the weekend is Donnie Yen's "Ip Man 3" with a per theater average of $7,620. "The Boy" did $4,035, which is the best of the new wide releases.

Last weekend’s surprisingly successful “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” held up well this weekend, grossing $9M and totaling $33M after two weeks of release. It’s another modest hit for Michael Bay in between his “Transformers” movies.

Podcast: Binh and I discuss why we had such so expectations for "The Boy":

And one of those reasons is I didn't think the trailer is scary enough, even though the premise is interesting:

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