There's nothing else original releasing this coming weekend, so it wins by default.
Wesley Lovell: September's best films typically release at the specialty box office. While this week's offerings might be slight, I'm sure they'll be better than the week's only wide release.
Peter J. Patrick: The end of Summer doldrums continue. There's nothing happening at the multiplex this week.
Tripp Burton: Oh man is this a bad week of movies...I'll be home with my On Demand.
Thomas LaTourrette: Another lackluster week. Here's hoping that the rest of September offers better fare.
It looks like Guardians of the Galaxy might end up with another week at the top of the box office. Neither As Above / So Below or The November Man look like they'll do very well.
Wesley Lovell: Neither of the week's new wide releases look even remotely interesting, though a couple of interesting pieces may be coming to the specialty box office.
Peter J. Patrick: Nothing of consequence opening tis weekend - find another way to enjoy the Labor Day weekend.
Tripp Burton: The doldrums of August are in play...when does Oscar season ramp up again?
Thomas LaTourrette: The Congress sounds like it could be an interesting take on digitizing actors. Definitely the best of the weekend.
Can Sin City: A Dame to Kill For build on the niche demographic that made the first film enough of a success to warrant a second and turn this into the #1 film of the week or will the football-themed drama When the Game Stands Tall take the top spot. It could also be the romantic drama If I Stay, which if the trailer's any indication, will be beloved by fans of weepies.
Wesley Lovell: What can I say? I'm a fan of the weepie. Are You Here could be interesting, but The One I Love has more promise, as does To Be Takei while Love Is Strange will appeal to a very narrow group of people.
Peter J. Patrick: Having had an office near De La Salle High School during its record-shattering football wins I'm looking forward to this one for nostalgia reasons.
Tripp Burton: As the summer winds down, we still get some strong genre fare this week.
Thomas LaTourrette: None of these films particularly excites me, so maybe a good weekend to work in the yard or catch up on older films.
Who knows what will be on top. It could be the second weekend for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for all I know. I suspect, though, that the race for the top will be between The Expendables 3 and Let's Be Cops.
Wesley Lovell: Just to see how they messed up the source material, I'll give The Giver a go. Frank could be fun, as could Life After BethRagnarok.
Peter J. Patrick: Frank and The Giver look worth checking out, the others look like something to be avoided.
Thomas LaTourrette: Not one of these films looks that exciting. Frank seems like it might be the best of a poor weekend.
With two potential players for the young male demographic this weekend, the one with Michael Bay's name attached is likely to perform better. However, I'm honestly hoping for a flop.
Wesley Lovell: I like tornadoes. They fascinate me. Even though it looks like a lame remake of Twister, I'm still interested in checking out Into the Storm, the rest look unimpressive.
Peter J. Patrick: The heavily promoted Hundred-Foot Journey is a possible Oscar contender for Best Actress in a week of otherwise so-so new releases.
Tripp Burton: Everything this week is mostly interesting looking genre fare, so pick the genre that appeals most to you and check it out. For me, that is the disaster film!
Thomas LaTourrette: Not a very exciting group of films. Helen Mirren's charm may make The Hundred-Foot Journey worth watching, but even that may be asking too much of the great lady.
If you don't believe that Guardians of the Galaxy will dominate the weekend, you're not going to win that office pool.
Wesley Lovell: It seems like a pretty good weekend for the movies, especially the wide releases.
Peter J. Patrick: A few minor Oscar contenders opening this week.
Tripp Burton: It's an interesting series of Summer films this weekend, but it all depends on which of these off-beat films floats your boat.
Thomas LaTourrette: All four releases sound good, hard to believe in the summer. Hopefully they will live up to their hype, but in the meanwhile enjoy the bounty this weekend.
The blundering oaf that is The Rock should have no problem topping the box office. For some reason, people can't get enough of his action antics. Lucy might do ok, but will probably come in under the third week of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Wesley Lovell: I have no desire to see yet another mixture of Greek and Roman mythologies (at least where Heracles isn't paired with Zeus and Hercules paired with Jupiter as intended), but Lucy might be mind-numbing fun. Of course, on the indie front there are a lot of options including the new Woody Allen film.
Peter J. Patrick: Some seemingly pleasant summertime fare releasing this week - nothing to either improve or hurt the brain.
Thomas LaTourrette: There are some interesting actors in some not terribly exciting looking films coming out this weekend. Magic in the Moonlight seems the best of the bunch.
I hate to say it, but Disney might manage to top the new release list this week. It's possible Sex Tape could end up a big hit, but either way, it could turn out that all of them fail to top the second week of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Wesley Lovell: Of the week's new releases, I have mild interest in The Purge: Anarchy and Mood Indigo.
Peter J. Patrick: Bah humbug! No Christmas in July at the movies this week!
Tripp Burton: A crop of lackluster sequels headline a lackluster week.
Thomas LaTourrette: A lackluster set of films, mostly sequels of not great films, or Sex Tape that feels like a sequel to any Judd Apatow film. Hopefully, Mood Indigo will redeem the weekend, but am not even sure of that.
One film to rule them all. There's little doubt it will be the top banana, but could it break the $100 million threshold for the weekend? It's entirely possible.
Wesley Lovell: I went so far as to get the prior film from Netflix so I could be caught up and possibly watch this new film. On the limited release front, Boyhood is an easy winner.
Peter J. Patrick: Finally, a week with two potentially strong Oscar contenders; one for Best Picture and one for Best Special Effects.
Tripp Burton: One of my most anticipated movies of the year comes out this weekend, so I'll be there.
Thomas LaTourrette: The reboot of Planet of the Apes was surprisingly good, and this one also has strong word of mouth, so I am looking forward to it. Boyhood sounds interesting, but I am not as sure of it.
Melissa McCarthy should make another foray to the top of the box office chart if her film can out-muscle the second weekend of Transformers. It's also a holiday weekend, which means box office numbers are likely to be higher than normal, which gives her an opportunity.
Wesley Lovell: By default, I give my vote to Life Itself if for no other reason than it's the only film opening this weekend worthy of your time and money.
Peter J. Patrick: A good weekend for a barbeque, not movie-going.
Tripp Burton: It's a surprisingly light holiday weekend, and I will probably enjoy the summer weather instead of the summer movies.
Thomas LaTourrette: A rather uninspiring set of films, but the weekend may be redeemed by Life Itself, the documentary about the late Roger Ebert. That film promises to be quite good.
One new wide release, a part of a historic franchise, should have no problem dominating a weakening box office.
Wesley Lovell: I was tired of the Transformers franchise after the first, I don't think I shall give this one a look. However, the specialty box office has far better possibilities topped by Snowpiercer.
Peter J. Patrick: Unless you're a Transformers fan, the better bet this weekend is one of the limited releases.
Tripp Burton: Only one big release, and it is the fourth entry into an unbearable cinematic franchise. Find some smaller films this weekend!
Thomas LaTourrette: It is hard to get excited by another loud Transformers movie. Instead, Snowpiercer sounds like it could be an interesting action film.
While I'm not sure either of this week's new releases will be able to top this weekend's #1 or #2 films, Think Like a Man Too has the best pedigree to be the top new release.
Wesley Lovell: As much as I'm interested to see what Clint Eastwood does, the trailer doesn't have me too terribly excited for Jersey Boys. It and The Last Sentence are the ones I have the most interest in.
Peter J. Patrick: Jersey Boys should be that rare film these days to appeal to all demographics.
Tripp Burton: We get a break from the big Summer action films, but that doesn't leave us with much of interest.
Thomas LaTourrette: I really want to like Jersey Boys, but am prepared to be letdown. Venus in Fur could be fun, though I don't normally associate Polanski with comedies, even psychological ones.
It's the battle of the sequels this weekend, but I think the animated feature, the only film targeted at family audiences in some time, should have absolutely no problem dominating the weekend.
Wesley Lovell: I'm a fairly ardent fan of How to Train Your Dragon. The sequel's trailers have been largely unimpressive, but I'll still be in line to watch it.
Peter J. Patrick: This is a decent new film week with the limited releases a bit more personally appealing to me.
Tripp Burton: The cineplexes are filled with sequels of films I never saw, so I'll be at the art house...
Thomas LaTourrette: I'm looking forward to both 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2. The originals were both surprisingly enjoyable and if they capture some of that magic again these could be fun.
Tom Cruise's new film has been earning strong early notices, which should be enough to overcome the likely disappointment in Maleficent and propel it to a first place victory this weekend.
Wesley Lovell: The repetitive and annoying trailers for Edge of Tomorrow may not be accurate, but they are enough to make me not want to watch it or much of anything else coming this weekend.
Peter J. Patrick: What can you say about a week in which the biggest prospective hit is a film about dying teenagers? Can it put a dent in the box office fortunes of its competitive blockbusters, and if so, will it portend a new cycle of such films?
Tripp Burton: Some interesting fare is continuing to trickle out, but as far as Summer Blockbusters go, this is not looking like the most interesting of summers.
Thomas LaTourrette: Surprisingly, the new Tom Cruise movie, Edge of Tomorrow, has good buzz. It may be the first film of his I see in a theater in a long time. None of the others excite me much. The Fault in Our Stars might be good or perhaps too rote and weepy for me.
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.