It's arguably the second biggest weekend of the year at the box office (next to Memorial Day), and because of that it's a weekend that serves up plenty of options (and really big, anticipated movies) at your local theater. So what should you expect to see in theaters this weekend? And who do you think is more adorable: Johnny Depp as Tonto, or those darn Despicable Me 2 minions? Think about that as we take a closer look at this weekend's new releases...
What's the Scoop: You've heard the legend, you know all about the characters and you've seen how crazy Johnny Depp looks with a dead bird on top of his head. The Lone Ranger returns in this new big-budgeted version that's part buddy comedy and part action epic, with a twist of crazy Johnny Depp faces. It's a long (not lone) one, but expect the last 20 minutes to serve you the year's best action sequence.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: Whenever Johnny Depp teams with director Gore Verbinski, they find success at the box office (see: Pirates of the Caribbean, Rango), but does this particular horse have the legs to carry it to the top? What do you think?
What's the Scoop: Gru (Steve Carell) and his Minions are back, and this time he's recruited by the comical Antivillain League to help them take down a crazy new super criminal.
Why It Might Win the Weekend: This thing could own the weekend based solely off those addictive Minions, but seeing as the first Despicable Me turned out to be a huge hit -- coupled with great word of mouth on this sequel -- we expect it to give The Lone Ranger a run for its money.
My Prediction: Hi-ho Silver, we've got ourselves a July Fourth box office battle for the ages! Those who read this every week know how hard it is for me to not pick the animated family movies -- especially the highly anticipated animated family movies on a holiday weekend -- and so I'm going all in on Despicable Me 2.
My Pick of the Week: In select theaters this Friday is the absolutely charming and hilarious coming-of-age heartwarmer The Way, Way Back. Featuring outstanding performances from Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney, this feel-gooder follows a shy, awkward kid who learns to come out of his shell during a summer spent with a ragtag group of troublemakers at a waterpark. Out of all of this year's summer movies, I feel The Way, Way Back has the best shot at turning into a summer classic down the line.
Alright folks, now it's on you: tell us what you're watching this holiday weekend, and which movie you think will top the box office.
Have a great July Fourth, and enjoy your weekend at the movies!