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The Boy (2016)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $35,819,556Details
International Box Office $32,401,396Details
Worldwide Box Office $68,220,952
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $1,774,840 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $1,089,725 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $2,864,565
Further financial details...

  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer

Synopsis

Greta is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Spilled
Critics
27% - Rotten
Audience
39% - Spilled

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Movie Details

Production Budget:$10,000,000
Domestic Releases: January 22nd, 2016 (Wide) by STX Entertainment
International Releases: January 21st, 2016 (Wide) (Iraq)
January 21st, 2016 (Wide) (Kuwait)
January 21st, 2016 (Wide) (Lebanon)
January 21st, 2016 (Wide) (Malaysia)
January 21st, 2016 (Wide) (Netherlands)
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Video Release: April 26th, 2016 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence and terror, and for some thematic material.
(Rating bulletin 2399, 11/11/2015)
Running Time: 97 minutes
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Keywords: Isolation Horror, United Kingdom, Living Toys, Death of a Son or Daughter, Suicide, Suicide Pact, Surprise Twist, Domestic Abuse, Troubled Pregnancy or Miscarriage, Supernatural
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Horror
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Fantasy
Production Companies: Lakeshore Entertainment, Vertigo Entertainment, STX Entertainment, Hyayi Brothers Corp.
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,498 $58,090 Mar 25, 2016 66
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,116 $125,952 Mar 18, 2016 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,839 $245,859 Mar 11, 2016 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,858 $401,212 Mar 4, 2016 45
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,705 $891,992 Feb 26, 2016 38
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,819 $1,436,592 Feb 19, 2016 31
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,484 $3,140,355 Feb 12, 2016 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,761 $4,083,822 Feb 5, 2016 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,445 $7,551,388 Jan 29, 2016 10
Biggest January Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 281 $10,778,392 Jan 22, 2016 3
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,677 $10,778,392 Jan 22, 2016 3
Widest Opening Weekend 1,289 2,671 Jan 22, 2016 3
Movies with Leggiest Opening Weekend 2,104 2.83 Jan 22, 2016 1
Movies with Most Front-Loaded Opening Weekend 2,407 35.4% Jan 22, 2016 1

Cast

   Greta
Rupert Evans    Malcolm
Jim Norton    Mr. Heelshire
Diana Hardcastle    Mrs. Heelshire
Ben Robson    Cole
James Russell    Brahms Heelshire
Matthew Walker    Taxi Driver
Stephanie Lemelin    Sandy
Jett Klyne    Young Brahms
Lily Pater    Emily

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Stacey Menear
Producer    Tom Rosenberg
Producer    Gary Lucchesi
Producer    Roy Lee
Producer    Matt Berenson
Producer    Jim Wadaa
Producer    Richard Wright
Executive Producer    Eric Reid
Executive Producer    David Kern
Executive Producer    John Powers Middleton
Executive Producer    Robert Simonds
Executive Producer    Adam Fogelson
Executive Producer    Oren Aviv
Executive Producer    Wang Zhongjun
Executive Producer    Wang Zhonglei
Executive Producer    Donald Tang
Director of Photography    Daniel Pearl
Production Designer    John Willett
Editor    Brian Berdan
Costume Designer    Jori Woodman
Composer    Bear McCreary
Casting Director    Julie Hutchinson
Unit Production Manager    Penny Gibbs
Music Producer    Bear McCreary
Additional Casting    Coreen Mayrs
Additional Casting    Heike Brandstatter
Visual Effects Supervisor    James McQuaide
Production Manager    Penny Gibbs
Re-recording Mixer    Craig Mann
Music Director    Brian McNelis
Music Director    Eric Craig
Music Supervisor    Brian McNelis
Music Supervisor    Eric Craig
Sound Mixer    Kevin Sands
Post-Production Supervisor    Lis Kern
First Assistant Director    Paul Barry
Special Sound Effects    Bruce Tanis

Contest: Boy Oh Boy: Winning Announcement

May 11th, 2016

Captain America: Civil War

The winners of our Boy Oh Boy contest were determined and the entrants with the closest predictions for Captain America: Civil War opening weekend were... More...

Home Market Releases for May 10th, 2016

May 9th, 2016

Deadpool

It is officially the summer blockbuster season, which is historically the worst time of year for the home market. We are usually flooded with duds from January and February. However, this year we have the biggest hit of the year so far, Deadpool, which is coming out on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and 4K. Unless your eyesight is better than 20/20, 4k is not worth the upgrade, but the Blu-ray is the Pick of the Week. It isn't the only contender for that title. Mustang (DVD or Blu-ray) and The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (Blu-ray) are also must haves. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: The Boy

May 7th, 2016

The Boy

It has become common for a horror film or two to be released very early in the year. These films tend to have very low expectations with both critics and with moviegoers. This year, The Boy was one of the first horror releases of the year and while most critics attacked the film, it did rather well at the box office, all things considered. $64 million worldwide isn't enough to be considered a midlevel hit, but it is a solid run for a movie that cost just $10 million to make. Is it better than the critics said it was? Is it a solid horror movie? More...

Contest: Boy Oh Boy

April 29th, 2016

Captain America: Civil War

Next weekend is the start of summer and Captain America: Civil War has the weekend all to itself. With the hype and the reviews, it should have no trouble becoming the biggest hit of the year so far. More importantly, it is the target film in this week's Box Office Prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Captain America: Civil War.

The prize this week is The Boy, which just hit Video on Demand this past Tuesday and hit DVD and Blu-ray on the tenth of May.

Greta (Lauren Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village. She soon discovers that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that they care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

(On a side note, the screener for The Boy has arrived, but I won't be getting to that review this weekend, because the Monthly Preview is due on Sunday.)

Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of The Boy on Blu-ray. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win a copy of The Boy on Blu-ray. Finally, we will be choosing an entrant from the group of people who haven't won, or haven't won recently, and they will win the final copy of The Boy on Blu-ray. a Frankenprize consisting of two previously reviewed movies, most likely.

Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Kung Fu Wins with $41.28 million lifting Box Office Along the Way

February 2nd, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3

Kung Fu Panda 3 led the way during the weekend with $41.28 million over the weekend. This was below admittedly optimistic predictions, but still great for this time of year. The rest of the new releases were not as strong and it is likely all three will lose money in the end. Fortunately, Kung Fu Panda 3 was strong enough to help the overall box office grow. The overall box office rose 22% to $139 million. More impressively, and more importantly, the box office was 38% higher than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2016 has pulled in $1.01 billion, reaching the $1 billion mark faster than last year. It wasn't the fastest year to get there, as 2010 holds that record thanks to Avatar. 2016 has regained the lead over 2015 at 1.9% or $19 million. Obviously the usually caveats apply here: It is far too early and that lead is far too small to be of real significance. That said, it is always better to be ahead than to be behind, no matter how small that lead it. More...

Weekend Estimates: The Revenant wins chilly weekend with $16 million

January 24th, 2016

The Revenant

With the weekend jam-packed with new releases and Oscar hopefuls, and thrown off course by Winter Storm Jonas, it’s perhaps fitting that a tale of battles against the elements will come out on top. The Revenant will be down 50% from last weekend’s MLK Holiday-inflated number to $16 million, but that will be enough to leapfrog over Ride Along 2 and into first place. The Leonardo DiCaprio film, which remains a good bet for a fistful of Oscars, although perhaps not the major prize, has $119 million to date. Also overtaking Ride Along 2 to move back to second place is Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $14.26 million for a weekend and $879.3 million in total to date. With $1.06 billion internationally, the film is drawing close to becoming the third film to earn over $2 billion worldwide. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Fifth Wave Open in the Top Five?

January 21st, 2016

The Fifth Wave

Three wide releases are coming out this week, all of which are expected to earn similar openings. None of which are expected to compete for the top five. The 5th Wave is the latest Young Adult Adaptation and as I'm writing this at about 10 am on Thursday, it is still the only new release with any reviews. Dirty Grandpa is the widest release of the week, but with no reviews, it is hard to judge how well it will do. Finally there's The Boy. If it can match The Forest, I'm sure STX Entertainment will be happy. The weakness in the new releases doesn't mean we won't have a new number one film, as The Revenant seems poised to climb to first place over the weekend. This weekend last year, American Sniper remained dominant with nearly $65 million. It's a near certainty that all three new releases won't make that much this year. There's a chance the top five combined won't make that much this year. 2016 is going to lose in the year-over-year comparison. More...

2016 Preview: January

January 1st, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3

2016 will begin the same way 2015 ended, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on top. In fact, three of the five films that have the best shot at box office success in January are The Force Awakens, The Hateful Eight, and The Revenant, all of which opened in December. There are two true January releases that could also do really well, for this time of year: Ride Along 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3. The rest of the releases are just hoping to become midlevel hits. Last January, American Sniper dominated earning more than $300 million. Its success could prevent 2016 from being ahead in the year-over-year comparison by the end of the month, but this year does have better depth. More...

The shaded area represents the expected performance range for a film, based on its opening weekend box office. 95% of films fall within the shaded area. If a film trends towards the top end of the shaded area, it has good legs compared to the average film; if it trends towards the bottom end of the shaded area, it has poor legs. The predictive area is based on movies from the past 5 years.

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/01/22 5 $10,778,392   2,671 $4,035   $10,778,392 3
2016/01/29 7 $7,551,388 -30% 2,671 $2,827   $21,185,304 10
2016/02/05 9 $4,083,822 -46% 2,214 $1,845   $26,881,506 17
2016/02/12 10 $3,140,355 -23% 1,450 $2,166   $31,005,942 24
2016/02/19 14 $1,436,592 -54% 977 $1,470   $33,360,570 31
2016/02/26 17 $891,992 -38% 672 $1,327   $34,544,271 38
2016/03/04 23 $401,212 -55% 339 $1,184   $35,129,770 45
2016/03/11 27 $245,859 -39% 216 $1,138   $35,480,562 52
2016/03/18 39 $125,952 -49% 132 $954   $35,696,125 59
2016/03/25 39 $58,090 -54% 78 $745   $35,794,166 66

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/01/22 3 $3,815,402   2,671 $1,428   $3,815,402 1
2016/01/23 4 $4,572,902 +20% 2,671 $1,712   $8,388,304 2
2016/01/24 5 $2,390,088 -48% 2,671 $895   $10,778,392 3
2016/01/25 7 $719,868 -70% 2,671 $270   $11,498,260 4
2016/01/26 7 $897,105 +25% 2,671 $336   $12,395,365 5
2016/01/27 6 $606,324 -32% 2,671 $227   $13,001,689 6
2016/01/28 6 $632,227 +4% 2,671 $237   $13,633,916 7
2016/01/29 5 $2,318,362 +267% 2,671 $868   $15,952,278 8
2016/01/30 6 $3,481,897 +50% 2,671 $1,304   $19,434,175 9
2016/01/31 9 $1,751,129 -50% 2,671 $656   $21,185,304 10
2016/02/01 8 $398,512 -77% 2,671 $149   $21,583,816 11
2016/02/02 9 $507,243 +27% 2,671 $190   $22,091,059 12
2016/02/03 9 $363,849 -28% 2,671 $136   $22,454,908 13
2016/02/04 8 $342,776 -6% 2,671 $128   $22,797,684 14
2016/02/05 10 $1,283,844 +275% 2,214 $580   $24,081,528 15
2016/02/06 9 $2,149,267 +67% 2,214 $971   $26,230,795 16
2016/02/07 10 $650,711 -70% 2,214 $294   $26,881,506 17
2016/02/08 12 $274,303 -58% 2,214 $124   $27,155,809 18
2016/02/09 12 $295,647 +8% 2,214 $134   $27,451,456 19
2016/02/10 12 $223,991 -24% 2,214 $101   $27,675,447 20
2016/02/11 12 $190,140 -15% 2,214 $86   $27,865,587 21
2016/02/12 10 $624,504 +228% 1,450 $431   $28,490,091 22
2016/02/13 10 $1,115,088 +79% 1,450 $769   $29,605,179 23
2016/02/14 10 $1,400,763 +26% 1,450 $966   $31,005,942 24
2016/02/15 12 $433,164 -69% 1,450 $299   $31,439,106 25
2016/02/16 13 $206,442 -52% 1,450 $142   $31,645,548 26
2016/02/17 12 $156,875 -24% 1,450 $108   $31,802,423 27
2016/02/18 13 $121,555 -23% 1,450 $84   $31,923,978 28
2016/02/19 13 $400,744 +230% 977 $410   $32,324,722 29
2016/02/20 13 $708,611 +77% 977 $725   $33,033,333 30
2016/02/21 14 $327,237 -54% 977 $335   $33,360,570 31
2016/02/22 - $74,758 -77% 977 $77   $33,435,328 32
2016/02/23 - $88,123 +18% 977 $90   $33,523,451 33
2016/02/24 - $66,476 -25% 977 $68   $33,589,927 34
2016/02/25 - $62,352 -6% 977 $64   $33,652,279 35
2016/02/26 - $234,084 +275% 672 $348   $33,886,363 36
2016/02/27 - $446,492 +91% 672 $664   $34,332,855 37
2016/02/28 - $211,416 -53% 672 $315   $34,544,271 38
2016/02/29 - $42,912 -80% 672 $64   $34,587,183 39
2016/03/01 - $57,615 +34% 672 $86   $34,644,798 40
2016/03/02 - $44,751 -22% 672 $67   $34,689,549 41
2016/03/03 - $39,009 -13% 672 $58   $34,728,558 42
2016/03/04 - $108,061 +177% 339 $319   $34,836,619 43
2016/03/05 - $201,765 +87% 339 $595   $35,038,384 44
2016/03/06 - $91,386 -55% 339 $270   $35,129,770 45
2016/03/07 - $26,888 -71% 339 $79   $35,156,658 46
2016/03/08 - $31,023 +15% 339 $92   $35,187,681 47
2016/03/09 - $25,589 -18% 339 $75   $35,213,270 48
2016/03/10 - $21,433 -16% 339 $63   $35,234,703 49
2016/03/11 - $71,214 +232% 216 $330   $35,305,917 50
2016/03/12 - $119,207 +67% 216 $552   $35,425,124 51
2016/03/13 - $55,438 -53% 216 $257   $35,480,562 52
2016/03/14 - $22,637 -59% 216 $105   $35,503,199 53
2016/03/15 - $28,306 +25% 216 $131   $35,531,505 54
2016/03/16 - $21,222 -25% 216 $98   $35,552,727 55
2016/03/17 - $17,446 -18% 216 $81   $35,570,173 56
2016/03/18 - $37,728 +116% 132 $286   $35,607,901 57
2016/03/19 - $60,283 +60% 132 $457   $35,668,184 58
2016/03/20 - $27,941 -54% 132 $212   $35,696,125 59
2016/03/21 - $10,157 -64% 132 $77   $35,706,282 60
2016/03/22 - $10,843 +7% 132 $82   $35,717,125 61
2016/03/23 - $10,011 -8% 132 $76   $35,727,136 62
2016/03/24 - $8,940 -11% 132 $68   $35,736,076 63
2016/03/25 - $19,442 +117% 78 $249   $35,755,518 64
2016/03/26 - $24,207 +25% 78 $310   $35,779,725 65
2016/03/27 - $14,441 -40% 78 $185   $35,794,166 66
2016/03/28 - $6,848 -53% 78 $88   $35,801,014 67
2016/03/29 - $5,969 -13% 78 $77   $35,806,983 68
2016/03/30 - $6,042 +1% 78 $77   $35,813,025 69
2016/03/31 - $6,531 +8% 78 $84   $35,819,556 70

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2016/01/22 5 $13,633,916   2,671 $5,104   $13,633,916 7
2016/01/29 7 $9,163,768 -33% 2,671 $3,431   $22,797,684 14
2016/02/05 10 $5,067,903 -45% 2,214 $2,289   $27,865,587 21
2016/02/12 10 $4,058,391 -20% 1,450 $2,799   $31,923,978 28
2016/02/19 14 $1,728,301 -57% 977 $1,769   $33,652,279 35
2016/02/26 19 $1,076,279 -38% 672 $1,602   $34,728,558 42
2016/03/04 23 $506,145 -53% 339 $1,493   $35,234,703 49
2016/03/11 30 $335,470 -34% 216 $1,553   $35,570,173 56
2016/03/18 42 $165,903 -51% 132 $1,257   $35,736,076 63
2016/03/25 41 $83,480 -50% 78 $1,070   $35,819,556 70

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Australia 5/13/2016 $119,108 53 53 128 $260,517 6/13/2016
Austria 2/18/2016 $125,822 34 45 248 $508,181 6/9/2016
Belgium 1/27/2016 $0 0 30 112 $475,157 6/9/2016
Brazil 2/18/2016 $555,033 260 260 528 $1,092,039 6/9/2016
Central America 2/25/2016 $74,379 47 47 73 $153,861 3/22/2016
Chile 2/4/2016 $157,498 37 37 97 $507,367 3/15/2016
China 4/1/2016 $1,040,000 7476 7476 10590 $2,510,000 6/9/2016
Colombia 2/4/2016 $0 0 145 193 $657,553 3/1/2016
Czech Republic 2/18/2016 $22,506 20 30 50 $56,253 3/8/2016
Ecuador 2/19/2016 $0 0 4 4 $244,391 3/15/2016
Finland 2/19/2016 $30,469 31 31 63 $96,285 6/9/2016
France 1/27/2016 $1,081,839 152 156 591 $2,775,297 6/9/2016
Germany 2/18/2016 $618,141 190 233 1457 $2,425,937 6/9/2016
Greece 1/28/2016 $127,435 32 40 132 $539,156 6/9/2016
Hungary 2/4/2016 $62,628 14 14 28 $128,868 3/4/2016
Iraq 1/21/2016 $6,633 3 3 19 $108,198 3/15/2016
Italy 5/13/2016 $0 0 0 0 $2,247,226 6/9/2016
Kuwait 1/21/2016 $11,365 1 1 8 $96,335 3/15/2016
Lebanon 1/21/2016 $11,524 4 4 10 $152,427 2/23/2016
Lithuania 1/22/2016 $0 0 29 29 $41,612 6/9/2016
Malaysia 1/21/2016 $467,444 93 94 277 $1,192,969 6/9/2016
Mexico 1/29/2016 $0 0 592 597 $4,953,162 6/9/2016
Netherlands 1/21/2016 $132,756 40 54 172 $447,983 6/9/2016
New Zealand 6/3/2016 $8,424 6 6 12 $14,131 6/13/2016
Norway 4/1/2016 $0 0 95 158 $412,311 6/9/2016
Oman 1/21/2016 $655 1 1 2 $18,202 2/17/2016
Peru 2/4/2016 $284,206 125 125 247 $718,811 2/23/2016
Philippines 1/27/2016 $0 0 25 25 $844,365 2/17/2016
Portugal 3/3/2016 $58,281 30 30 115 $501,895 6/9/2016
Russia (CIS) 1/28/2016 $446,331 713 713 1399 $799,110 2/15/2016
Singapore 1/28/2016 $284,495 30 30 56 $570,086 6/9/2016
Slovenia 2/18/2016 $4,028 4 4 7 $20,774 6/9/2016
South Korea 6/1/2016 $201,925 184 184 184 $407,802 8/12/2016
Taiwan 3/11/2016 $0 0 7 11 $326,813 6/9/2016
Thailand 1/28/2016 $360,225 100 100 196 $657,876 6/9/2016
Turkey 6/17/2016 $40,347 97 97 193 $100,881 7/8/2016
Ukraine 1/28/2016 $0 0 5 5 $34,226 2/17/2016
United Arab Emirates 1/21/2016 $153,071 31 31 65 $412,231 3/8/2016
United Kingdom 3/18/2016 $1,053,705 397 397 1359 $3,669,995 6/9/2016
Uruguay 2/25/2016 $20,105 8 8 45 $89,812 4/19/2016
 
Rest of World $1,131,301
 
International Total$32,401,396 8/12/2016

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
5/15/2016344,469 44,469$763,088$763,0883
5/22/20161021,765-51% 66,234$432,035$1,195,1234

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
5/15/2016426,184 26,184$523,690$523,6903
5/22/20161012,099-54% 38,283$297,994$821,6844

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