The last weekend before the summer movie season kicks into high gear. Michael Bay does a low budget film (by his standards) with “Pain & Gain” while “The Big Wedding” looks to offer counter programming.

Starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, “Pain & Gain” will be taking the top spot this weekend. Wahlberg and Johnson have done plenty of comedy and action and have a large number of fans so this seems like a sure bet. But though it’s based on a true story, the marketing hasn’t made it clear whether this is supposed to be more of a comedy, a thriller with comedic elements, an action movie with thriller and comedic elements or what. Also with “Iron Man 3” just around the corner, it’ll keep enough audiences waiting for that film to limit this film’s opening weekend.

Opening weekend: $30-35 million

“The Big Wedding” stars Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton and Amanda Seyfried. But audience anticipation is just so-so. Not to mention Heigl has seen her career take a big down turn after “Knocked Up” with lots of bombs lately. This one won’t find much of an audience.

Opening weekend: $5-10 million

Stay tuned early next week for my May box office preview!

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