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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - While there's no doubt that the new "Transformers" sequel will crush the competition at the weekend box office, fellow newcomers "Larry Crowne" and "Monte Carlo" will hope to pick up some modest scraps.
"Larry Crowne," starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, faces some problems. Tracking has been on the softer side for the slice-of-life comedy. The film, which cost $30 million to produce, should open in the low teens.
Like other adult-driven films, distributor Universal is counting on "Larry Crowne" being a long-term player at the box office. On the other hand, its target audience might head out instead to Woody Allen's adult-fueled sleeper hit "Midnight in Paris," which is expanding during the weekend.
Hanks directed and stars in "Larry Crowne," his second directing effort after 1996's "That Thing You Do!"
Hanks and Universal have been aggressively marketing the adult comedy, which follows a former Navy veteran who enrolls in community college and falls for a speech professor. Along the way, he joins a group of outcasts who ride motor scooters.
"Monte Carlo," starring Selena Gomez, also is anticipating a modest opening, considering it is targeted at one demo, younger females. The Fox film also stars Katie Cassidy, Leighton Meester, Cory Monteith and Andie MacDowell.
Directed by Tom Bezucha, "Monte Carlo" is about three friends who pose as wealthy young socialites in Monaco. It includes the song "Who Says" from Selena Gomez & the Scene. Coincidentally, her new album was released this week.
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