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Box Office: ‘Brahms: The Boy II’ Can’t Find Life in Theaters
By Brad Miska
February 23, 2020
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.
1 1 Sonic the Hedgehog $26,300,000
2 - The Call of the Wild $24,820,000
3 2 Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn $7,005,000
4 - Brahms: The Boy II $5,900,000
5 5 Bad Boys for Life $5,860,000