Disney's live-action background re-telling of Sleeping Beauty should have little problem becoming the weekend's top new release. Whether it can top X-Men: Days of Future Past in its second weekend is a big question.
Wesley Lovell: I'm not particularly excited about any of this week's releases. They could each have potential, but I'm not sure I'll witness it.
Peter J. Patrick: A little of this, a little of that, nothing to get too excited about.
Tripp Burton: The Summer movies are here, and they look horrible.
Thomas LaTourrette: It could be a good week, or a very bad one. Disney has had mixed success with their live-action films of late, but Maleficent could work well. I like Seth MacFarlane, but West sounds more like an extended SNL sketch than a full film, though Ted was fun, so I hold out some hope for it.
A frequent occurrence during the Summer months, we'll have a new reigning box office champion next weekend and it won't be Adam Sandler. X-Men: Days of Future Past has been tracking towards a huge debut blending both original and First Class casts. That's a recipe for a blockbuster. Opening over Memorial Day weekend will add a sizable padding to its total.
Wesley Lovell: As X-Men is part of my favorite franchise, I have no qualms about declaring it a must-see event. The Gore Vidal documentary is probably the limited release I'd most look forward to seeing.
Peter J. Patrick: Memorial Day weekend is the start of the Summer movie season. Will audiences go for anything beyond the latest X-Men movie?
Tripp Burton: If you like the types if films being released this week then these could be some good entries!
Thomas LaTourrette: Looking forward to X-Men, as those films are generally an escapist fantasy. Words and Pictures also looks like it could be an enjoyable film.
The latest reboot of the Japanese monster movie will likely stomp all over the competition last week.
Wesley Lovell: The teaser for Godzilla got me excited about the movie, though the follow-up trailers have been less entertaining.
Peter J. Patrick: Who would have thought the most exciting new film of the week would turn out to be another remake of the 1954 Japanese horror film, Godzilla, disastrously remade by Hollywood in 1998. From all accounts the new version seems to be superior in every respect.
Tripp Burton: Some films with surprisingly good reviews are creeping in and may set a good precedent for the summer ahead of us.
Thomas LaTourrette: Both Godzilla and The Immigrant have good word of mouth, but I am not the most excited by this weekend's offering. Hopefully we will get some really exciting movies soon.
It may be a tight race for #1 next weekend between family vs. frat comedy Neighbors and the second weekend of The Amazing Spider-Man. The sequel isn't doing as well as its predecessor, which could mean that the more fresh Neighbors squeaks by for a victory.
Wesley Lovell: I'll admit that Neighbors looks like it could be fun and against these other two wide releases, there's really no contest. On the indie front, The Double is rocking a Terry Gilliam vibe that I'm digging.
Peter J. Patrick: Lots of low rent comedies and a retrograde cartoon - not an especially interesting week.
Tripp Burton: Another week of mediocre looking studio films. I think I'll stay at home with Netflix.
Thomas LaTourrette: I'm not that excited by the films, but both The Neighbors and The Double have good word of mouth and could be worth seeing. Somehow yet another trip to Oz is hard to get excited by, there have been too many.
The top film at the box office this week will be The Amazing Spider-Man. In other news, water is wet.
Wesley Lovell: Having found the reboot The Amazing Spider-Man better than all but the second film of the original trilogy, I'm looking forward to this one. However, I'm going to suspect it will be weaker, not stronger, than its predecessor.
Peter J. Patrick: Finally a 2014 weekend with some promising release titles.
Tripp Burton: It's a slow week, with one big sequel and a few small indies.
Thomas LaTourrette: A better weekend to look forward to than the last several. While the Spider-Man movie might be fun, Belle looks better, though I was getting tired of its trailer.
Another weekend of lackluster releases won't result in another week at the top for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. One of these three titles will end up on top and my gut leans towards The Other Woman.
Wesley Lovell: The Other Woman might be fun, but I'm not really excited about anything this week.
Peter J. Patrick: Not a good week for new movies. Enjoy the outdoor spring weather instead.
Tripp Burton: Yet again, nothing is really piquing my interest, but there is probably plenty to satisfy a lot of moviegoers.
Bears is the only wide release that I can't see taking the top spot this weekend. It's also possible that Rio 2 could spend a second week at the #1 with one of these following in second place.
Wesley Lovell: With reticence, I choose the Johnny Depp sci-fi feature Transcendence. The Bears documentary could be cute, bug negligible and, among the films we're not covering, I'd be most interested in Tasting Menu.
Peter J. Patrick: A little bit of this, a little bit of that this week.
Tripp Burton: Nothing this weekend is really my cup of tea, but fans of these genres look to have some interesting fare to check out.
It'll be a tight weekend this week...for second place. Captain America: The Winter Soldier will easily take first place, but which film will come in second? It could be any of the three new releases, but my guess is Rio 2.
Wesley Lovell: Oculus could be interesting, but I'm not particularly psyched about any of them.
Peter J. Patrick: I'm looking forward to seeing The Railway Man even if no one else is.
Tripp Burton: The studios are starting to turn out some more high profile films as Spring arrives, but I'm still not very interested in any of them.
Who doesn't think Captain America will top the box office. Anyone who doesn't really needs to rethink things.
Wesley Lovell: I will always give a Marvel universe film the time of day. As to what else is showing? A few items look interesting, but other than Under the Skin, I wouldn't go out of my way to see them.
Peter J. Patrick: A week for those who find The Avengers franchise particularly awesome.
With the releases expected, Noah should have little problem capturing the top spot at the box office. Cesar Chavez should have a solid debut targeting Hispanic audiences and Sabotage may be the latest in a long string of failures for the former California Governor.
Wesley Lovell: I'm not all that intrigued by most of the weekend's slate. I'd probably go with Noah if for no other reason to verify that the film will or will not make religious fundamentalists angry.
Peter J. Patrick: The first week in a long time where all the new releases have broad appeal.
Another weekend of battles, this one pitting the latest in a string of films targeting tween audiences against the latest in a reborn puppet franchise. While the performance of the rebooted The Muppets would suggest Muppets Most Wanted has the advantage, the marketplace is saturated with family films and the tween audience may finally jump aboard another franchise. I give Divergent the slight edge as it mines the same dystopian future that made The Hunger Games a blockbuster.
Wesley Lovell: I'm indifferent about most of this week's films, though not completely against several of them. While the wide releases live a little to be desired, Lars Von Trier has a new film out, so that's probably your best bet. If you can handle the overt sexuality.
Peter J. Patrick: A little something for everyone this week.
Tripp Burton: It's an odd week where I am intrigued by every new movie coming out!
I give a slight box office edge to Need for Speed, but The Single Moms Club could also be the weekend's top new release. It's also possible that neither can overcome the second weekend of 300: Rise of an Empire.
Wesley Lovell: The Single Moms Club might not be bad, though I'd probably check out Veronica Mars if I were to pick one title to watch. I might catch Enemy also.
Peter J. Patrick: The long-awaited return of Veronica Mars happens on the big screen, but is it worth going out of your way to find as opposed to waiting for the DVD?
Tripp Burton: I guess that now that the Oscars are done, the studios don't feel the need to release quality films anymore?
It will be a competitive week, but Mr. Peabody and Sherman doesn't have to appeal the very narrow demographic of fans 300: Rise of an Empire does. I could see a scenario where either come out on top.
Wesley Lovell: The only interesting films this week come from the indie circles, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel would be top on my list.
Peter J. Patrick: Things are picking up. We have our first major film of the year in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Tripp Burton: Now that we are through Oscar season, it looks like our first possible real contender for next year's awards is coming out. And I don't mean Mr. Peabody.
It's the ultimate face-off of badasses. In one corner, you have a late-career action star turning a non-stop flight into a thriller. On the other hand, you have Jesus Christ. For a film made by and for Christians to flop at the box office, it would have to be bad. And they can handle relatively bad to begin with.
Wesley Lovell: There is no release slated for this weekend I would want to see more than The Wind Rises. I've already seen it and I'm still excited.
Peter J. Patrick: Oscar nominee The Wind Rises and Non-Stop, a halfway decent looking thriller, make this look like a decent week at the movies.
Tripp Burton: There are few filmmakers I get more excited for than Hayao Miyazaki, so that is the no-brainer choice of the weekend.
We'll probably see a third week at number one for The Lego Movie while Kevin Costner's action film edges out the cheesy romantic disaster film Pompeii.
Wesley Lovell: There's not a lot this week that I really have an interest in. Sometimes it's better to go with the Oscar nominee than the not. If I had to choose, Barefoot looks most interesting.
Peter J. Patrick: If you can find them, this week's limited releases appear to have more going for them than the general releases.
Tripp Burton: Some real lousy films are coming out this weekend, so if you have anything you gotta catch before Oscar Sunday now is the time to do it.