Box Office Report: 'Horrible Bosses' on Track for Strong $25 Million Opening

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Warner Bros. and New Line’s R-rated comedy Horrible Bosses scored plenty of laughs at the Friday box office, grossing $9.9 million on its first day and coming in second only to goliath Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Horrible Bosses is on track to gross roughly $25 million for the weekend, better than expected. The pic cost a modest $35 million to produce.

Directed by Seth Gordon, Horrible Bosses hopes to ride the raunchy comedy craze and features an all-star ensemble cast led by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx.

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Brett Ratner is one of the producers on the movie, which received a B+ CinemaScore.

Horrible Bosses opened behind Sony’s Bad Teacher, which grossed $12.2 million on its first Friday, but ahead of Universal’s Bridesmaids, which grossed $7.8 million on its first day. Bridesmaids earned $26.2 million for the weekend.

Paramount’s Dark of the Moon continued to prosper as it entered its second weekend, grossing $14.9 million for the day and pushing its cume to almost $229 million. The 3D tentpole is expected to near $260 million for the weekend, making it the top title of the year at the domestic box office. The current crown holder is Warners’ The Hangover Part II ($249.6 million).

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Coming in No. 3 behind Dark of the Moon and Horrible Bosses was Sony and MGM’s new Kevin James family comedy Zookeeper, which grossed $7.4 million. That puts the movie on track to gross $21 million for the weekend.

Like Horrible Bosses, Zookeeper scored a B+ CinemaScore.

Zookeeper originated at MGM, but Sony signed on to distribute the movie when MGM ran into financial trouble. The pic sports an $80 million production budget, so will need to do strong business worldwide if it’s to recoup its costs.

Zookeeper has a staggered rollout overseas, but opens this weekend in Germany and Mexico.
Initially, MGM and Sony envisioned the film as a general audience play, the studios readjusted their expectations when tracking showed Zookeeper playing best to kids under 12.

The animals in Zookeeper, directed by Frank Coraci, are voiced by Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Nick Nolte, Don Rickles, Judd Apatow, Jon Favreau, Cher and Faizon Love.
Sandler’s production company Happy Madison produced Zookeeper.

Disney and Pixar’s Cars 2 placed No. 4 on Friday, grossing $4.8 million to bring its domestic cume to $138.4.

Sony took the No. 5 spot with R-rated raunchy comedy Bad Teacher, which continued to hold in well, even with the entry of Horrible Bosses. The pic grossed $3 million for a domestic cume of $72.7 million. Sony expects the Cameron Diaz pic to jump the $100 million mark worldwide by the end of the weekend.