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Transformers 3 remains on top with $14.8M Friday, but Horrible Bosses starts strong with $9.9M; Zookeeper opens soft with $7.4M

Update: Article updated with final box office data.

As expected, Transformers: Dark of the Moon held off both new releases Friday to take a first place $14.843M from 4,088 theaters. The movie’s cume now stands at $228.818M and it’s on track for what looks like $43-47M for the weekend which will put it well beyond $250M by the end of Sunday (somewhere closer to $255-260M) and with that, it will become the year’s top grossing film.

Debuting in second place was Horrible Bosses with a solid $9.882M from 3,040. Starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell, the R-rated comedy will open with between $28-31M.

Zookeeper, meanwhile, was softer than expected, drawing an estimated $7.365M from 3,482 theaters. That was quite a bit below¬†Kevin James’ last film, 2009’s “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”, which opened with $9.79M en route to $31.83M. Zookeeper will fall short of that with somewhere around $20-22M for the weekend.

Rounding out the top five was Cars 2 in fourth place with $4.858M ($138.477M cume). After a steep 60% drop last weekend, Cars 2 appears to have stabilized and will finish its third weekend with what should be $14-15M. Bad Teacher rounded out the top five with $3.032M ($72.789M) for what should be $8.5-9.5M for its third weekend.

Source: Box Office Mojo