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‘Horrible Bosses 2’ Starts Faster Than Original in Early Screenings

The comedy sequel takes in $1 million at Tuesday night box office

“Horrible Bosses 2” got off to a fast start in early screenings Tuesday night, taking in $1 million as the Thanksgiving weekend box office chase began.

The haul is better than $365,000 that the original debuted with in July of 2011. “Horrible Bosses” opened to $28 million and went on to take in $117 million domestically and another $92 million from overseas for Warner Bros.

Wide openers “Horrible Bosses 2” and DreamWorks Animation’s “Penguins of Madagascar” are challenging current No. 1 movie, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” over the long holiday weekend.

The first part of the finale to Lionsgate’s young adult franchise is expected to take in around $80 million over the long weekend. That should be enough to hold off the Fox-distributed “Penguins,” which is projected to finish the five days in the mid- to high-$40 million range, and the R-rated “Horrible Bosses” sequel, which is likely to wind up at around $35 million.

Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey return in “Horrible Bosses 2,” which is directed by Sean Anders, and are joined by Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine.