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. Just write @firedeep fx.. When you start writing the first letter your options come up
  2. Yeah 165-170 mill seems to be the target and a really good number
  3. 145 mill by 8pm Todays number is going to be way higher than my early 150-155.. more like 170mill ish -10% from yesterday
  4. Looks like 150-155 mill today for Pirates going by a 2-2.30 pm midpoint edit: Its doing 13mill/hour. Better than yesterday at the same moment. Ofcourse evening will be weaker but 100 mill by 4pm is pretty good
  5. It will make over 3 times no doubt.. china+us+japan will near 400 mill alone.. I project 170 mill DOM and China.. If european weather next weekend is bad it will have great holds in many countries.. 750-775 mill WW is my best guess atm
  6. They will certainly try. People forget that this franchise is so much more than just the movies.. Disney has revenues coming in from left and right with this.. 800 mill WW may not be enough to break even in theaters but they will still make a profit when homemarket,streaming and TV money comes
  7. My guess is that statistic will not continue with the next one
  8. Way higher than Maoyan. Fantastic number
  9. Looks like around 180 mill for Pirates +/-
  10. No no. We're going to hold you to those numbers if they don't hold up
  11. Agree. 1,2B is 175 mill and it will have a tough time hitting that atm. But lets see what happens in the coming days.. Stranger things has happend
  12. Yep.. Pirates will go well over 100 mill $ for the first 5 days.. Best guess for total is 160-170 mill $ IMO
  13. Looks like its shooting at your edited highend today. Its at 110 mill by 4pm and doing 10 mill+/hour...