It looks like Jennifer Lopez’s ‘The Boy Next Door‘ is a success!
The movie — which not only stars Jennifer, but was also produced by the actress — only had a ‘micro-budget’ of $4 million.
Early box office estimates project the movie will bring in $15 million this weekend alone…three times more than what it cost to actually make the film. That’s a win!
This shouldn’t be too surprising, as Lopez is one of the more recognizable people in the country and there hasn’t been much over the last few months that explicitly targeted women above the age of puberty. A $16m debut would be right in the upper-level of her wheelhouse as a lead, and it’s her biggest live-action opening since Monster-In-Law’s $23m debut in May of 2005, which remains her biggest live-action debut weekend. Make fun of her and the unapologetically trashy-looking film all you want, but she is a name and she gets people into the theater. If it plays similar to Halle Berry’s (painfully underrated) The Call from March 2013 ($6.1m opening day/$17.1m debut weekend/$51.8m domestic final), it gets to around $45m and earns over ten-times its budget just in domestic theatrical. That’s one way to make money.
Say what you want, but J. Lo knows how to make those coins!
Did you get a chance to see the movie? If not, grab a friend (or two) and hit the theater!