Hitman’s Bodyguard: Action Comedy Starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel Jackson

Lionsgate’s R-rated action comedy “Hitman’s Bodyguard” should earn about $21.6 million during its opening weekend at 3,377 locations.

That’s a solid opening, especially during a painful summer for the movie business and sleepy month of August. The final tally was fueled by an aggressive marketing push, and a trio of stars at the center — Samuel L. Jackson as a notorious hitman, and Salma Hayek as hit equally threatening wife, and Ryan Reynolds as a bodyguard. The film comes courtesy of director Patrick Hughes (“The Expendables 3”) and writer Tom O’Connor.

 ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ is generating great word of mouth among moviegoers,” said Lionsgate’s distribution president David Spitz. “It has a clear runway in the weeks ahead, and we expect it to play well right into September.”

“Lucky Logan” from Steven Soderbergh and Bleecker Street is unlucky, to put it mildly.

The heist comedy, which relied on an unconventional production and marketing strategy, should make $8.1 million this weekend from 3,031 theaters. The film was partially funded through foreign pre-sales and partnering with Amazon for streaming rights. The story — penned by Rebecca Blunt, who likely doesn’t exist — centers on a trio of siblings played by Channing Tatum, Riley Keough, and Adam Driver, who attempt to pull off a massive robbery. It’s set at the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race.

“Logan Lucky” fared better with critics, earning a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, as opposed to “Hitman’s Bodyguard,” which has a 39%.

Audience reception: “Hitman’s Bodyguard” has a B+ CinemaScore, as opposed to “Logan Lucky’s” B.

“Logan Lucky” should end up in third for the weekend behind the second frame of “Annabelle: Creation.”

The latest in the “Conjuring” universe from Warner is targeting $15.5 million from 3,542 locations. And “Dunkirk” will land in fourth behind “Logan Lucky” with an estimated $6.7 million.

Meanwhile, Warner’s “Wonder Woman” crosses $800 million worldwide.

“Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” rounds out the top five this weekend with $5.1 million.

TWC continues its gradual rollout for Taylor Sheridan’s “Wind River,” which looks to gross $3 million from 694 locations, raising its total cume past $4.1 million.

Sundance’s highly acclaimed “Patti Cake$” is struggling to find an audience with $66,000 from 14 locations.