'Office Christmas Party', starring Jason Bateman and Jennifer Anniston, has made a modest $950,000 in its preview showings on Thursday night at 2429 North American locations. Jennifer Aniston at the Office Christmas Premiere in California

Jennifer Aniston at the Office Christmas Party premiere in California

The Josh Gordon-directed film is expected to make between $13 and $15 million across 3210 sites for 'Paramount'. The 15 rated comedy could potentially challenge the Dwayne Johnson-starring 'Moana', as the Disney film looks to top the box office charts for the third week in succession. 

With the latest instalment in the Star Wars series, 'Rogue One', out next week this week looks to be the best time for the film to hit that no.1 spot. 

The film's plot is based around the dissuading of company CEO (Anniston) and her efforts to close down the Chicago sector of the business, with a gigantic party being thrown in a last-ditch attempt. 

Jason Bateman at the Independent Spirit Awards

Jason Bateman at the Independent Spirit Awards

The $45m backed film (Paramount, Dreamworks and Reliance have all invested in the film's production) has received mixed reviews thus far - scoring 42 on Rotten Tomatoes and 43 on Metacritic. 

The film is expected to be a slow burner on its way to making that money back, much like last year's Tina Fey starring 'Sisters', which drew $14m in its first week but finally made $87m domestically. 

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Office Christmas Party sees the reuniting of Jason Bateman and Jennifer Anniston following the commercial success of Horrible Bosses, with the second instalment in 2014 making $107.7m.

Other films expected to be in the top 5 of the charts by the end of the weekend are 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them', as the film looks set to reach the $200m mark. Elsewhere 'Miss Sloane', the 'EuropaCorp' production has been given a wider release of 1598 theatres, rather than the initial four, as the French-American thriller looks to pull in numbers around $5m as the film looks to make back some of its $13m budget.