While it isn't much Dumb and Dumber To may be the weekend's top new release, but if it's as bad as it looks and performs as poorly as its predecessor, it could fall to Beyond the Lights.
Wesley Lovell: All the best options are in limited release with Foxcatcher easily topping the list.
Peter J. Patrick: The limited releases are the class acts this week.
Tripp Burton: Some festival favorites, and heavy Oscar contenders, are sneaking out into theaters this weekend, and I am really looking forward to catching up on them.
Thomas LaTourrette: Am waiting for Foxcatcher, which has sounded like a good movie with excellent performances, for over a year. Hopefully, it will live up to its hype. Both Rosewater and Beyond the Lights could prove worthwhile, but someone else will have to go see Dumb and Dumber To, it won't be me.
It will be a glorious battle this weekend as Disney's big gun, the animated adventure Big Hero 6 takes on regular box office behemoth Christopher Nolan. Ultimately, I think both will do incredibly well. I give the edge to Interstellar since its previews have been compelling and nicely targeted to Nolan fans.
Wesley Lovell: I'm for sure seeing Big Hero 6 and may also see Interstellar. On the indie front, there are also two very strong possibilities in Brazilian blind gay coming of age story The Way He Looks and what's sure to be one of the top contenders for Best Actor, The Theory of Everything.
Peter J. Patrick: And the Oscar nominations go to...quite possibly all four of this week's major openings.
Tripp Burton: There are a lot of films this week vying for year-end awards, although none of them are calling me too hard.
Thomas LaTourrette: At last the Oscar films are starting to appear! Interstellar sounds interesting, if a bit flawed. Big Hero 6 sounds like a good animated film from Disney. However, The Theory of Everything with Eddie Redmayne's starring performance sounds like the film to see.
I have a hard time seeing any of the new wide releases really scoring big this coming weekend. Nostalgia could put Saw at number one, but Nightcarwler has the widest release and could appeal to the broadest demographic.
Wesley Lovell: Nightcrawler looks the most interesting of the wide releases while Horns will probably be the most fun of the specialty cases.
Peter J. Patrick: Oh, what a week! If you must see a horror film on Halloween there are enough such films available via DVD and streaming that you don't have to subject yourself to this week's bottom of the barrel new releases.
Tripp Burton: For Halloween weekend, all we are getting are thrillers and horror films; if you're a fan of the genres, pick the most interesting premise and go for it!
Thomas LaTourrette: All four of these films have interesting concepts, but the one that really appeals is Nightcrawler, due to Jake Gyllenhaal's performance. Once again, there does not seem to be an Oscar nominee out this week.
Halloween weekend demands a horror film at the top of the box office and that's precisely what we're probably going to get.
Wesley Lovell: Surprisingly, 23 Blast doesn't look half bad, especially compared to the other two releases. On the specialty side, Laggies would probably be my choice.
Peter J. Patrick: Where are all the Oscar films? This week's wide releases include three directorial debuts, one from a respected character actor, one from a couple of stuntmen and one from a Special Effects coordinator, none of which seem like anything worth going out of your way for.
Tripp Burton: The wide releases are fairly typical genre fare this weekend, but there are some neat things in limited release this weekend!
Thomas LaTourrette: None of the releases sound exciting to me. A good weekend to catch up on films one has missed from last week or earlier in the year.
It's going to be stiff competition when your three wide releases are all targeting different demographics. Romantics will be heading out to The Best of Me, men will be heading to Fury and families will be off to see The Book of Life. In the end, the film most on Oscar's radar will probably be the one to triumph.
Wesley Lovell: It's hard to pick just one or two titles this week as there are a number of prominent possibilities.
Peter J. Patrick: Birdman and Fury arrive, no doubt adding to their Oscar buzz. The Book of Life could be an animation sleeper.
Tripp Burton: Birdman is one of the most anticipated films of the year, and comes out in a weekend where nothing else looks too decent, so it should be an easy choice if it's playing anywhere near you.
Thomas LaTourrette: I am intrigued to see the much talked about Birdman, though somehow I can't imagine it living up to its hype. Other than that, there is surprisingly something for everyone.
I'll admit I'm completely stymied about which of the four new releases will top the box office. Each have their positive qualities and each have drawbacks. In the end, family film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day may have a slight edge over Dracula Untold, which could also easily be a bomb.
Wesley Lovell: The wide release offerings don't look so hot, but St. Vincent might be the most enjoyable of the limited releases.
Peter J. Patrick: Several lesser players in this year's Oscar race open, most notably J.K. Simmons in Whiplash.
Tripp Burton: The wide releases this week are dismal looking, but there is some really exciting stuff hitting the art houses.
Thomas LaTourrette: This week has a few films with strong performances that may be remembered at Oscar time. The Judge (Robert Duvall and Robert Downey, Jr.), Kill the Messenger (Jeremy Renner), and St. Vincent (Bill Murray) all sound decent, but J.K. Simmons' performance in Whiplash makes it sound like the film to see.
Of the Oscar-friendly directors working today, David Fincher is one of the few who command attention at the box office. Gone Girl should be the latest in a recent string of strong openers at the box office, though horror flick Annabelle may build on pre-Halloween anticipation and come close. Christian adaptation Left Behind will open strong with religious groups, but will not be able to top David Fincher.
Wesley Lovell: Fincher's latest looks excellent and, though others aren't as optimistic, Men, Women & Children looks engaging.
Peter J. Patrick: The Fall Film-going Season AKA Oscar Season begins with the opening of the first major Oscar contender, Gone Girl, along with a couple of minor contenders.
Tripp Burton: We could have our first major Oscar contender of the year out this week, so the season is upon us!
Thomas LaTourrette: Finally some movies worth seeing. Both The Good Lie and Men, Women & Children sound interesting, if flawed. The best should be David Fincher's Gone Girl, which should boast good performances and taut direction, and may well prove to be a major Oscar contender.
Last week, the site I use to pull data hadn't updated to reflect the new release date of The Maze Runner and, as a result, it didn't appear in our coverage. Regardless, it's not likely to top the box office a second weekend. The BoxTrolls is the first kid-targeted film in some time, which could give it a boost at the box office.
Wesley Lovell: After two superb outings, Laika brings us another stop-motion picture that looks like it will be quite something. Lilting's a good choice for the specialty auds.
Peter J. Patrick: There seems to be a little something for everyone this week.
Tripp Burton: A lot of genre films this week, so pick what you like and check it out!
Thomas LaTourrette: While The Boxtrolls does not sound like Studio Laika's best film, they usually turn out a product worth seeing. Lilting sounds like a winner of a foreign film.
It's going to be a tough competition this week between comedy This Is Where I Leave You and Liam Neeson's A Walk Among the Tombstones. I suspect it will go down to the wire, but I'm giving a slight edge to the family comedy since there are so few comedies in the marketplace at present and Neeson can be hit-or-miss.
Wesley Lovell: Kevin Smith is trying way too hard to stay relevant, Neeson's film doesn't look that great and This Is Where I Leave You has potential. On the limited side, there are a couple of films that could be good, but none that make me want to run out and see them.
Peter J. Patrick: Tusk looks reasonably interesting among the week's new releases; the rest not so much.
Tripp Burton: A lot of interesting looking films this weekend, but I could also see them all being duds.
Thomas LaTourrette: (Editor's Note: Thomas is out of town this week, so he will not be submitting data for today's chart)
There's not much else out there, so a sequel to a popular family film should do quite well, but No Good Deed is building some buzz that might put it on top.
Wesley Lovell: I'd rather see the original split version of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby than the combined one, but if this is all there is, I guess I'll have to take it.
Peter J. Patrick: Finally a couple of possible Oscar contenders: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and My Old Lady, both in limited release.
Tripp Burton: More mediocre sounding titles this week...when will all the great films we are reading about at Toronto start sneaking out to us?
Thomas LaTourrette: Eleanor Rigby sounds like the best of this week's films, and hopefully it lives up to its hype. I really like Jessica Chastain, who may get a nomination for this or perhaps one of her other two big releases due later this year.
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.