One of the surprise success stories of 2016 was STX’s The Boy, a $10 million budgeted horror film that clawed its way to nearly $75M in its theatrical run.
With Brahms: The Boy II (review), STX hoped for similar numbers, allegedly spending the same on the sequel that moves a family into Heelshire Mansion, where their young son (Christopher Convery) soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms. Katie Holmes stars and William Brent Bell returns to the director’s chair.
Unfortunately, early estimates peg the lifeless sequel as having opened to only $5.9M, nearly half that of its predecessor. This soft opening offers STX a life domestic target of $15M, which isn’t even close to breakeven.
International numbers have yet to be reported, but the first did manage nearly $40M overseas alone. It’ll need another $15M for STX to breathe easy.
We’ll keep our eyes on the box office in case anything surprising happens.
You can listen to the Bloody Disgusting’s Boo Crew Podcast chat with William Brent Bell below.