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. Note that the actuals in Thailand* till Thursday is $6.93m. (243.43m Thai Baht) Maybe Disney is counting more cities* than BOM. * The "Thailand" Box Office only actually counts only two cities: Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
  2. Thailand update: local sources say the number through Monday is $5.66m, so about $0.8m on Monday (It's a holiday though, since 1 May fell on a Sunday). Meanwhile BOM estimates the total as $7.4m, with $1.4m on Monday. IDK how there is such a big discrepancy.
  3. The actuals in Thailand are out - it seems that CA:CW only opened to $3.7m (4-day)/$4.9m (5-day) (131.34m/169.76m local) here. So it's just 5th biggest OW.
  4. It's likely that it's because Japan's weekend is Sat-Sun, so the $2+m earned in Japan in Friday is not included in the weekend total.
  5. Based on BOM's daily data, CA:CW also have the highest OW (Thu-Sun) ever in Thailand with $4.9m, beating Furious 7's $4.2m. THAILAND Weekend box office data is not yet available for this title. Showing Available Gross-to-Date History Date Gross-to-Date 4/27/16 $1,100,000 4/28/16 $1,900,000 4/29/16 $2,700,000 5/1/16 $6,000,000 Also, since when did BOM have daily data on OS countries?
  6. There was some argument between Corpse and No Prisoners at the time of Frozen's run.
  7. Just saw this today. My predictions and scores for this week are lost Also currently on my Predictions page, the "Your Predictions" column changes randomly (when I refresh) between - Rolling Thunder's predictions - some other numbers I'm sure was not mine, but was also not any other person's numbers. (BTW, this set of numbers also scores 84%) (Can provide screenshots if needed) Is that also a result of the database issues?
  8. I read about the numbers in newspapers since 2008 or something and lurked here since Frozen's run in 2013. At least there is Frozen's Japan run for me.
  9. I just realized that with 15m Friday there is a real chance of BvS 2nd Weekend < Zootopia 2nd Weekend (51.34m)
  10. It opened to 22m Yuan, about 3.5m$ and increased 180%+ on Saturday. OW is likely around 140m Yuan. It also have one of the best (if not the best) ratings by audiences so far, i.e. very very strong WOM. Several posters here guess that its total may reach 1B Yuan (about 150m$)
  11. IN, as I'm in the over 300 club.
  12. It's one of the best animation movies. IN, 71/310
  13. You can see the grosses of movies in US$ at
  14. So will it hit 3B tomorrow? Do movies increase on Friday in China?
  15. Opened in Thailand today. I haven't seen it, but the general reaction is that it's a dumb but fun flick with meh CGI.