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 will happen some time obviously and they better not continue this for ever. It has been the biggest thing animation produced in years and they earned a hell of a profit from it. After all, they have a lot of great properties to work on. There will be a SLOP 2 right?
  2. It was a very special situation. I remember that no one was expecting that huge jumps on Saturdays that it had. People thought it would perform more like a YA instalment.
  3. I am also predicting DM3 to comfortably get the summer crown WW. SMH is the only viable threat but I am not seeing it surpassing Gru.
  4. Weren't DM3 trailers great? I loved the first one and looking at it it seems to have way more views than what the Pets' trailer did. I can't really tell about the marketing but still, DM3 is doing like wayyy better in pre sales than Pets ever did and we are talking about a year with no massive animation films thus far at least compared to last year. Families would be very eager for an "event" animated film. I am not thinking anything crazy but I think 100m is a given.
  5. The IIlumination hate is so apparent in this forum. I guess that bodes well for DM3 opening over 100m. It is a more well know property and thus it should be more pre sales driven but still it seems to be doing wayyy better than Pets did.
  6. If Pets manages to end up with a 100m OW, DM3 is sailing past it!
  7. We may not have had any massive animation film but actually Boss Baby was a nice break out hit. Glad I was one of the little members here to project such a performance. Apart from that though, everything else ranged from flop to underperformance. I guess Beauty filled a bit the gap. It played very strong with family audiences.
  8. There are son fair points but still, 200 fucking millions are not plain sailing.
  9. In Always against logic! "You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one"
  10. I think this will do some very good business. Really want it to succeed.
  11. I wasn't watching box office during the SLOP time but I can't see what Moe it had than this one. DM3 is a huge brand that seems to be pulling double the presales that SLOP did and the internet Buzz seems to be higher for DM too; the 2 trailers have gotten over 50m views on YouTube while Pets did "only" a little more than 30m views with their 2 trailers. I really am not sure but I think that If Pets managed to pull an 100m weekend, DM3 will do too especially in a year that we haven't had a strong animation so far.
  12. Despicable Me 3 26.3% Baby Driver 16.9% Wonder Woman 12.4% Transformers 11.0% Cars 3 9.9%
  13. @grim22 Since you have access to the old thread, can you pprovide a comparison about where Pets was on MT at the same time that Despicable Me is now?
  14. God don't let this over perform!
  15. That's a tough guess. Right now I will go with $600-700m OS. I hope for the upper end.