This weekend we pretty much say farewell to the summer blockbuster as Elysium marks the last of the big, explosive summer movies of 2013. Sure, we still have Kick-Ass 2 and The Mortal Instruments, but everything from here on out will sort of lay the groundwork for the meatier, more character-driven stuff heading our way this fall. Before we get there, though, let's take a closer look at the movies gunning for that number-one spot this weekend.
What's the Scoop: Set in the year 2154, the film follows one man's (Matt Damon) quest to bring equality to two very different worlds: a ruined, disheveled Earth and the man-made space station that houses the planet's elite citizens. Of course he'll try to do this with a massive mechanized weapon strapped to his body cause that's how Matt Damon rolls!
Will It Win the Weekend: Out of all the new releases, Elysium has the best shot at taking the weekend. Director Neill Blomkamp's previous film, District 9, did well in this same spot with an audience hungry for original, thought-provoking summer action. That's you, right?
What's the Scoop: Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston play a fake husband and wife in this raunchy R-rated comedy about a group of despicable people who pretend to be a wholesome American family on a road trip In order to try to smuggle drugs across the U.S./Mexico border.
Will It Win the Weekend: With a Wednesday head start and an audience full of people in the midst of their own dysfunctional family road trips, this one could have some decent legs. Its R rating may hurt its chances of reaching number one, but expect it to duke it out for that second or third spot.
What's the Scoop: Set in the same universe as Pixar's Cars is this cute, kid-friendly flick about a plane that desperately wants to compete in a flying competition except for one small problem: he's afraid of heights.
Will It Win the Weekend: With parents itching for more family-friendly content on the big screen, there's no doubt folks will flock to see Planes. But without the true-blue Pixar branding (and fanfare), this one may have to settle for second place.
What's the Scoop: In this second installment of the little fantasy franchise that could (itself based on a popular line of YA books), Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) must travel to the Sea of Monsters to find a magical Golden Fleece and stop an ancient evil from rising.
Will It Win the Weekend: Probably not, but you never count out these YA adaptations because they bring a fan base that enjoys devouring them. Still, with so much competition expect Percy Jackson to find itself battling holdovers like 2 Guns and The Wolverine for fourth place.
My Prediction: Elysium should win the weekend pretty easily, but watch out for 2 Guns and The Wolverine, a couple of films that may steal some of Matt Damon's thunder.
My Pick of the Week: If it's playing near you, definitely make sure you check out The Spectacular Now, which is expanding to more theaters this weekend. It's not your typical coming-of-age movie, and it features some terrific performances from Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. If you're in the mood for something romantic and a touch heartbreaking, put this on your to-see list.
Alright folks, now it's your turn -- let us know which movie you think will win the weekend below.