Jason Bateman has claimed 'Horrible Bosses 2' was a ''paycheque for everyone'' involved with the film.

The 46-year-old actor - who starred alongside the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis in the 2011 original and the 2014 follow-up movie - has admitted the sequel represented easy money because of the box office success of the first film.

He said: ''The first one was funny. The first one put up some money. The second one was garbage as far as box office goes.

''Who knows if it was on the merits or when they released it, but it did not do any money.''

Jason also joked the audience was, in part, to blame for the second movie getting the go-ahead.

He explained to the WTF podcast: ''Don't go out and buy a bunch of tickets for the first one unless you want a second one, because we don't have any discipline in this town.

''A lot of people saw the first one, but there are plenty of films that made a lot of money where no one is interested in seeing another one.''

Despite Jason's assessment of the movie, 'Horrible Bosses 2' still grossed more than $106 million worldwide.