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.
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.