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. I'd also like to offer my congrats on the century for this one. Very well deserved. I tracked this quite closely in excel and it's trajectory was fabulous. Interesting to see how backloaded it wound up being; people have said it should've opened between 3,000 - 4,000 theatres but in retrospect the slower roll out and ramp-up looks smart to me. Hard to argue with a 4.2 multi. With Japan coming it will get another century overseas. Definitely a hit.
  2. Boom! Arrival adding +1,000 theatres. There's life left to this run!
  3. I know on the $100 mil front everybody's looking at the failure of Passengers but how about the success of Arrival? It'll be at $95.5 mil after this weekend, inches from the 4x multi. A BP nom and a modest re-expansion will be enough to get it to the century.
  4. If The Visit was Shyamalan's first solid single in years then Split appears to be his first extra base. Never write off a legacy too soon. It will be interesting to see what kind of budgets he's entrusted with in future.
  5. I think this is behaving better than we thought it would a month ago. Based on Flight, I thought it's "natural" progression would land between 91 and 95 mil. It's going to get just shy of 96 mil "natural". A BP nom will clearly bump it to the century. This is doing fine.
  6. High-Rise was the lowest grosser I believe. A so-so flick. Wasn't entirely sure what it wanted to be.
  7. This. I got my bipolar diagnosis six years. There's a handful of people in the celebrity world that have helped provide comfort, laughter, and perspective with the condition. None more so than Carrie Fisher.
  8. Wow. Bombs away. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, failures like this confirm the death of the movie star thesis for me. If Pratt and Lawrence aren't worth $100m then I think the idea of a truly bankable star is largely gone.
  9. @Alli Too soon to declare you a winner here but kudos on swimming against the tide and calling this low. Early numbers suggest this could be a real drubbing.
  10. Arrival drops 28%... from TWO weeks ago. Ha!
  11. Arrival at $1.6 mil Friday. If it gets the 3.5x multiplier it got last week then $5.6 mil or a 23% drop for the weekend. Yessss.
  12. Moana at $4.147 mil. On target. Almost exactly $18 mil with last weekend's multiplier.
  13. Reading over my middle America comment and it sounds more bitter than I intended. I have nothing against LLL and I'll take your word for it that it's profile is growing. I did say it would do a century and that would be a fine accomplishment. But translating limited release PTAs into a $250 mil gross is an enormous leap. I just don't yet see the water cooler awareness on this one. Time will tell. (Sorry to quote you twice. I just spent 20 minutes fiddling with the quote function and have given up.)