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.
It's Valentine's Day, so counterprogramming can sometimes be counterproductive. However, with three "romantic" releases targeting similar audiences, a big budget remake might just do the trick. I give the slight edge this week to RoboCop but I think About Last Night and Winter's Tale could also be potent competitors. Endless Love will be incredibly finite.
Wesley Lovell: The week's offerings aren't particularly interesting. About Last Night is the only trailer that made me laugh and actually got me interested in its subjects, so it gets my endorsement.
Peter J. Patrick: This year's Valentine's Day releases are definitely not for movie lovers.
Tripp Burton: This week is headlined by some pointless remakes. I'll be staying at home.
With the dearth of suitable competition and untold advertising, The Lego Movie will have one of the year's biggest openings outside the Summer months.
Wesley Lovell: Early reviews are pointing towards The Lego Movie being a pretty good adventure. However, for me, I'm still more interested in The Monuments Men even if other critics are currently down on it.
Peter J. Patrick: Last year's holdback, Monuments Men and the documentary, Kids for Cash, may be worth a look, but otherwise this is another good week for staying home and watching an old movie.
Tripp Burton: It's only the first full weekend of February, and we are already getting interesting new releases. Maybe this year will shape up to be as interesting as last year!
A movie that received only a light Oscar push and came away with nothing isn't likely to beat a teen-centered romantic comedy at the box office. While it's not Valentine's Day yet, it almost looks like it.
Wesley Lovell: Labor Day looks better than other critics said it was, so I'll give it a try.
Peter J. Patrick: Another week for catching up on missed 2013 releases.
Tripp Burton: Not much to see this week except some studio dumps and Oscar afterthoughts. (Editor's note: Tripp would have chosen Tim's Vermeer or Peter Brook, referenced below, as his personal pick this week, but they did not have previews available by deadline, so they were not able to be included in this week's coverage.)
There are no other new wide releases, so I, Frankenstein will easily be the top new one, but can it beat the second week of Ride Along or any of the other holdovers? I'm not so sure.
Wesley Lovell: I have no desire to see the latest Underworld-lite retread, but there are a couple limited releases that might be worthwhile, headlined by Stranger by the Lake.
Peter J. Patrick: A good week for catching up with Oscar nominees you may have missed.
Tripp Burton: Only one wide release this weekend, and it looks like a contender for worst film of the year. I'm glad I have a lot of catching up to do on 2013 films.
Will it be action or horror? This week's two potential champions embrace two genres that have historically done well at the box office, but I give the edge to Jack Ryan, which reboots a popular characterr from a book and film franchise.
Wesley Lovell: There aren't any films releasing wide that I'm interested, but if you have a teenager, you might want to consider G.B.F., even though it's been rated R, it's really PG-13.
Peter J. Patrick: Will Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit prove to be the exception to the rule that January is a dumping ground for the previous year's failed wannabes.
Tripp Burton: It's a good thing there are lots of great year-end releases to catch up with, because nothing new this time of year is piquing my interest at all.
There isn't much out during the early days of January, but a rousing sword-and-sandal-type action drama should do decently well at the box office, even if it is the only new wide release.
Wesley Lovell: I'm not interested in seeing the version of Hercules starring The Rock. Why would I want to see this lame attempt at the same story?
Peter J. Patrick: It's that time of year when your best bet is catching up on year-end releases you may have missed instead of lackluster new releases.
Tripp Burton: Catch up on the great films you haven't seen yet from last year, and don't waste your time with either of these unless you are a big fan of these genres.