Sunshine, Light, and Joy


This is a post that I've been thinking about for awhile. Recently, I opened up the discussion to other members of the staff to get their feelings on the matter, and their opinions generally matched mine, which is this:

Within the last year or so, there's been a steady increase of negative posts in movie threads. We've always had some heated discussions for some movies, but recently things have not only gotten more histrionic in those threads (generally speaking, the CBM ones), but they've started to spread to other franchises and other movies as well. I'm not talking about out-and-out trolling, I'm talking about members feeling they have to consistently shit on a movie (or studio, or star) simply because they aren't interested in the current project or projects. With every piece of news about a movie, it's now a virtual guarantee that there's a flood of people rushing to say they think it sucks, they don't like the current trailer/tv spot/actor/actress/director/concept. And I get it -- we all have movies we don't like, movies which we think are bad ideas, industry people that just don't appeal to us. But there's a fine line between expressing your opinion about this and doing it so often, with such consistency, that the collective emphasis of all of it basically brings down the entire thread and thus the entire forum.

There's no easy answer to this. We don't want to crush freedom of expression here. But at the same time, the spirit of this forum is for people to have fun talking about the movies they love and the box-office runs they love.

To have fun.

And while it may be fun -- in a sense -- to personally vent about a movie, or to vent at people who dare to enjoy something you don't, it doesn't bring fun to our community. In fact, it generally drags down the overall fun for everyone else. We've had people repeatedly mention to us over the last several months or so that in some cases they don't even bother going into some threads -- even for movies they're curious about! -- because they just don't want to deal with the overall mess those threads contain. And frankly, that matches the personal opinion of most of the staff as well.

So this post is both a request and a warning. 

The request: Next time you feel like taking a dump on a movie (or a topic) for the dozenth time, take a moment to consider whether it's really worth it. People probably already have a good idea of what your attitude about the project is. Maybe just put your posting energy into a movie that you enjoy and love or are excited about.

The warning: The staff is going to be taking a closer look at some of these threads and we'll be more active with temp thread-bans if we think it'll help the overall vibe of the forum. I'd rather we don't have to, but it's not going to constrain any of you too much if you aren't allowed to post about a movie you supposedly don't care about anyway.

Remember the words of Bill and Ted: "Be Excellent to Each Other".

They're just movies, guys. It's about having fun.

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  1. Disney has GotG2 dropping -13.6% on Sunday. It's a conservative hold compared to IM2 (-5.1%), AoU (-2.9%), CACW (-4.1%), IM3 (-11.8%). More likely than not, it'll go up with actual. 380+ looks good, 390 doable. 400 unlikely but not dead.
  2. Doubt it passes Frozen but it looks like the recent numbers shows it'll stay ahead of F8 WW
  3. From Corpse So about 20-26% drop for BatB
  4. 2 2 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 BV $19,890,000 -42.6% 3,871 -476 $5,138 $333,205,927 $200 4 4 1 Alien: Covenant Fox $10,525,000 -70.9% 3,772 +11 $2,790 $57,347,181 $97 2 Lol. A timely and appropriate summary of GotG2 vs AC drops
  5. Great hold for GotG2. If it follows AoU pattern, about 21.5M 3-day 28 4-day and it'll pass GotG1 by Sunday.
  6. If GotG2 is closer to 5.3 as Deadline is reporting, it could be heading towards AoU sized Memorial Day weekend of 21M 3-day and 28 4-day. Despite having a 30% larger OW than GotG2. Definitely keeps 400 alive. Looks like BatB has fallen off the top 10. Not surprising. Still it would be interesting to see how it's holding up.
  7. Still keeping slight hope of GotG2 400 alive at least for another day. AoU made another 78M after this point on but as can be seen GotG2 has been holding better. Of course AoU didn't have another CBM movie hitting it after Memorial Day weekend but I think Guardians' late legs will still be better overall.
  8. Mon-Mon is about -24% for GotG2. Good hold when looking at MCU comps: CA:CW -36% AoU -36% CA:WS -9% IM3 -31% TA -28%
  9. Breaking BOT commandments already...
  10. Disney shuffling the $$$ around. GotG2 Estimate Actual Fri $8,804,000 $8,717,079 Sat $15,040,000 $14,951,137 Sun $11,218,000 $10,985,538 BatB Estimate Actual Fri $625,000 $659,284 Sat $1,079,000 $1,137,124 Sun $699,000 $749,171
  11. Went up! Extra 270K in the bank.