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Box office update: 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' retains top spot with $14.9 million on Friday

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Robert Zuckerman

Transformers: Dark of the Moon held on to its prime position at the box office on Friday, blasting up another $14.9 million. That number represents a 55 percent drop from Moon‘s last Friday, which is actually in line with expectations, as effects-driven sequels tend to be very frontloaded at the box office. Transformers should earn a strong $46 million this weekend and lead all other releases by a comfortable margin. That’s not to say that the newcomers fizzled, though — they most certainly did not! 

Horrible Bosses started the weekend in second place with a strong $9.9 million on Friday. Compared to other recent R-rated  comedies, Bosses‘ $9.9 million Friday is 27 percent higher than Bridesmaids‘ opening day of $7.8 million, and 19 percent lower than Bad Teacher‘s $12.2 million first day. Bridesmaids ended up earning $26.3 million on opening weekend, while Teacher earned $31.6 million, so Horrible Bosses will probably split that difference and take in about $30 million over the three-day frame.

In third, Zookeeper tamed $7.4 million worth of ticket buyers on Friday—a very solid result. That number is 16 percent better than the opening day gross of last month’s family-friendly animal flick, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, which began with $6.4 million on its way to an $18.4 million weekend. The Kevin James comedy looks to be headed for $22 million by Sunday.

Cars 2 raced into fourth place with another $4.8 million on Friday. The Pixar film should cross the weekend finish line with about $15 million. Bad Teacher rounded out the top five with $3 million, which will likely result in a $9 million weekend.

Check back tomorrow for the full box office report.

1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon — $14.9 mil

2. Horrible Bosses — $9.9 mil

3. Zookeeper — $7.4 mil

4. Cars 2 — $4.8 mil

5. Bad Teacher — $3.0 mil

Follow Grady on Twitter: @BoxOfficeJunkie

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