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. So Guardians 2 won't make it throught the $400 million figure after al... does it still have a chance?!
  2. Thanks! That would be huge! I hope it does better than all recent DC movies. Diana deserves it!
  3. Wonder Woman drops only 30% on it's third weekend! You guys agree that the movie could finish above 400.0$ domestic?!
  4. it would be amazing if the movie could make to $800 million globally, but it would have to make at least $400 million overseas and i don't think that's still in play for Diana Prince. I hope Despicable Me 3 does even better than his predecessor.
  5. Wonder Woman had a massive second weekebd hold compared to Man of Steel, it will sure haVe better legs also due to positive word-of-mouth. I thibk Diana will perform very similarly to the first Guardians of the Galaxy. By the way, GotG2 could make at least 380/390 million domestic no?
  6. Does Wonder Woman have a chance of closing with 300 million domestic?
  7. $11.0M from midnight previews. What could it mean for the weekend?! I think $150.0M is nearly impossible at this point.
  8. $93.0M is my prediction for the opening of Wonder Woman
  9. It's perhaps based on WB conservative estimates, still aroud $65.0M / $70.0M. $100.0M is to risky to predict as right now, but i'de love to see this movie opening above that number.
  10. B.O Mojo is predicting an $89.0M opening. Could it make a bit more?! I saw the movie yesterday and it was fenomenal! Full of history and incredible effects. Gal Gadot is such a perfect Diana Prince. <3
  11. I predict Wonder Woman opening at $95M / $115M, but i think this movie deserved so much more!
  12. 2% what?! Are you talking about this or next weekend?! If Wonder Women opens above 120 million, could it be up for a $400 million domestic?!
  13. Can anyone tell me if Guardians 2 still has a chance of making $400 million dollars domestic?! And could Wonder Woman open above $100 million?!