What will it take to dethrone Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful, other than Oz the Great and Powerful 2 (which they are making -- we swear!)? Can an animated family of cavemen take down the aspiring wizard and his gaggle of witches? What about Tina Fey, Paul Rudd and the constant reminder that getting into a good college is kind of impossible? Or, perhaps Gerard Butler's return to being a badass may finally pop Oz's magical balloon (and if so, do you think they'll put it on eBay?). Let's take a closer look at the weekend's new releases ...
What's the Scoop: Prepare to fall even harder for Gerard Butler in this action thriller, already being coined "Die Hard in the White House." Here, Butler returns to action-hero mode as a disgraced presidential guard who must save the day when he's trapped in the White House during a terrorist attack.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: Action buffs are itching for something to chest bump, and we haven't seen Gerard Butler kick this much butt since he defeated a ton of Persians as King Leonidas in 300. "This is ... MY White House!" (Note: Butler doesn't actually say that line, but we're allowed to dream-cast King Leonidas in this movie, right?)
What's the Scoop: Tina Fey plays a college admissions officer who stumbles across a kid who may be the son she gave up for adoption long ago, and in the process falls for Paul Rudd. If only everyone's weekend ended with ... "and then Paul Rudd and I, like, totally danced off into the sunset together!"
Why It Might Win the Weekend: Paul Rudd and Tina Fey are two of the funniest actors working today. And hey, maybe the movie will even tell you how to get into Princeton. That'd be a bonus.
What's the Scoop: The last comedy from DreamWorks Animation (Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon) centers on a prehistoric family who ditch their cave in search of a new world, known also under its previous title: What Sunday Mornings Look Like in My House.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: It's the perfect way to get the family out of the house -- by taking them to see a movie about literally getting a family out of their house.
My Prediction: A weekend full of three worthwhile new releases will make it difficult for one of them to sprint ahead of the pack, though I think the families who already saw Oz the Great and Powerful will head out to see The Croods. Yup, sorry Oz, but you're about to be defeated by a family who can't click their heels together three times because they don't even know what heels are.
My Pick of the Week: Those looking for something a little more experimental and quotable (and dirty, and violent, and completely out of its mind) will find plenty to snack on with Spring Breakers (which expands to over 1,000 screens today). Just make sure you take your recommended shower after seeing it because ... yeah. Just take the shower. Trust us.
Alright folks, now it's your turn -- sound off below and let us know what you're seeing this weekend, and which movie you think will win the box office.
And remember: Spring Break forever, b**ches!