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. Sad, i was hoping for $ 500m [$ 160 - 170m USA / $ 50m China / $ 280 - 290m OS - China] But this info is not encourage haha
  2. It's out in just 23 countries... and it's doing good in all apparently.
  3. This probably will gross $ 500m, right? I'm thinking $ 160-170m in USA, $ 40-50m in China [i can't see this doing less than Dory], $ 290 OS - China.
  4. At this point, it could finish with $ 760 - 780m... Maybe $ 800m if Japan breakout (almost impossible, but who knows). It's a big success, and people seems to enjoy the movie, even in USA the legs have been much better than expected, so i think a 6th movie can be made and increase from DMTNT.
  5. Annabelle have much more appeal, effective marketing so far, the reviews come out really early so it will build buzz, and it's coming from 3 smash hits in box office. I think it will match the 1st one in box office in USA... WW i don't know because of the exchange rates, but it could do $ + 200m.
  6. TF movies are hated because they're bad, just that... Not so bad like some critics say, but still bad. Just the 1st one is really fun, the others are all inflated and confusing, i still see all the movies because i like explosions and 3D, but the scripts are terrible since movie 2.
  7. Blair Witch have reviews from blogs etc, Annabelle have really positive reviews from Hollywood Reporter, Collider, Variety, IGN... so i think the movie is actually good.
  8. The marketing for IW will be huge, the movie have so much possibilities to create buzz, and they will do that... i can't see this doing less than Ultron [but i can't see passing $ 500m domestic too]. I'm thinking around $ 200 - 210m debut, for a $ 475 - 485m total
  9. Only BvS for me it will be a disaster if didn't reach $100m in OW.
  10. DC is on fire [in BO]... All the 4 movies debut with $ + 100m. JL is guaranteed, let's see if they can do this with Aquaman too.
  11. US - $ 390m OS - $ 470m WW - $ 860m Big success, hail Gunn
  12. I agree it will hurt, if the movie was also bad or meh. If it's good, i think it will cross $ 200m, because it's an animation, Planes are irrelevant, and Pixar is still a big thing... a good movie can "erase" the 2nd.