You Pick the Box Office Winner: Can 'The Bourne Legacy' Beat 'The Dark Knight Rises'?

Is this the week when Batman finally gets knocked out of his cushy spot at the top of the box office? It very well might be as all three new releases are hitting theaters with focused determination and strong word-of-mouth buzz behind them. Let's take a closer look ...

The Bourne Legacy

What's the Scoop: Jeremy Renner takes over for Matt Damon in this continuation of the Bourne franchise in which it's revealed that Jason Bourne was not the only genetically engineered super-soldier out there. Cue lots of running, fighting and pissed-off government officials.

Why It Might Win the Weekend: These Bourne movies are fun, plain and simple. They serve up plenty of cool action mixed with a smart plot that keeps you guessing, and this sequel continues that tradition. Jeremy Renner proves to be a fine replacement for Damon, and Rachel Weisz might be the strongest female character the franchise has given us yet. Expect audiences to devour this one.

The Campaign

What's the Scoop: Will Ferrell plays a moronic long-term congressman who finds his re-election in jeopardy when challenged by the equally-as-dopey Zach Galifianakis. Hilarity -- and tons of foul-mouthed, perverted shenanigans -- ensue.

Why It Might Win the Weekend: While it may be short on story, the film makes up for it in humor. Those looking for R-rated laughs will most assuredly find them in The Campaign, so long as we don't actually have to vote for either of these dingbats. 

Hope Springs

What's the Scoop: Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones lead this charming romantic comedy about an older couple who travel to a retreat in search of the romantic spark that fizzled out a long time ago.

Why It Might Win the Weekend: Because finally this summer gives us a film for adults! Hear that adults? This one's for you. Go see it!

My Prediction: The Dark Knight Rises has legs, but those legs will be swept out from under it by The Bourne Legacy. Look for the Bourne sequel to win the weekend.

My Pick of the Week: Out in limited release is the indie sequel (they make those?) to 2 Days in Paris, 2 Days in New York. Julie Delpy returns, but this time she encounters romantic complications with her new boyfriend, played by Chris Rock. It's cute, funny, neurotic and romantic, and it's my pick of the week.

Now it's your turn -- sound off below on which film you think will win the weekend box office.

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