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. It was never opening in China.
  2. You, sir, are far from the average Chinese moviegoer.
  3. Will be curious to see these stats for 2017. Terrible year so far for animations apart from Boonie Bears during CNY...
  4. Usually no trailers in China.
  5. Definitely not. I'm seeing screenings every 20/30 mins for most Beijing theaters.
  6. It ran uncensored in China. Runtime difference is related to the trailer.
  7. Not much... Despicable Me 3 - 7/7 Legend of Wu Kong - 7/13 Once Upon a Time - 7/21
  8. Doubtful. HD rips have been up since March. Anyone who wanted to see it, already has.
  9. In other words The Founding of an Army is pretty likely to fudge its numbers...
  10. Local trackers were predicting around 600M all along...very hard to gauge just with pre-sales especially when there's a major release every weekend.
  11. Not sure where you're getting this info. Pirates had a holiday from Sunday to Tuesday. WW opened on a normal FSS. Yes, weekday holds this week may be a tad better, but WW held better on Monday than the overall market did. Again, no it didn't. Pirates first Monday was a holiday.
  12. Thursday Estimates Before Service Charges Pirates 5 - 49.46m / 799.29m Doraemon - 37.72m / 74.95m Dangal - 27.42m / 1.00171b (14th imported film, 1st non-hollywood to cross 1b yuan) Wonder Woman - 3.44m (midnights) / 5.86m (including Weds previews) After Service Charges Pirates 5 - 53m / 855.09m Doraemon - 41m / 81.49m Dangal - 29.8m / 1.08658b Wonder Woman - 3.7m / 6.2m
  13. Children's Day boost across the board, especially Doraemon. Daily box office 2x yesterday.
  14. Got several anticipated Chinese releases on subsequent Fridays in July.