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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kayumanggi

Wednesday Numbers | 13.8 M THG: MOCKINGJAY II | 9.8 M THE GOOD DINOSAUR | 6.0 M CREED

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22 minutes ago, cookie said:

Thinking $15-16m for TGD and $13-14m for Creed today.

 

If Creed makes 13 million today, I'll do cartwheels and fly to Philly and run the Rocky steps.  That would really make  my day.

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My personal favorite empty theater tale is back in '95 when my grandfather took me to see Judge Dredd. The projectionist came up to us and asked if we weren't actually there to see Power Rangers. NOPE, I was there for Sly. 

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Creed is now Certified Fresh and has a 95% audience score; TGD has only 79%. Statistics vs. word of mouth should be interesting.

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I saw Spirit of Vengeance in an empty theatre. Thank God, I would totally be embarrassed if anyone knew I paid to watch that.

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7 minutes ago, RichWS said:

Also getting an early start was 20th Century Fox’s Victor Frankenstein which grossed $175M from 2,100 locations.

 

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With that start, the time is ripe for a Creed reunion tour.  They could play all the hits.

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20 minutes ago, cookie said:

Thinking $15-16m for TGD and $13-14m for Creed today.

$16 million

$11.5 million

$26 million

$24.5 million

$13.5million  

 

$91.5 million 5 day for Good Dinosaur

 

$14 million

$10.5 million

$21 million

$19 million

$11 million

$75.5 million 5 day for Creed (not even that outlandish considering past Thanksgiving frames :o

 

$13.5 million

$10.5 million

$21 million

$19 million

$11 million

 

$75 million 5 day for MJ2

 

Would be a well-rounded top 3 plus Peanuts/Spectre holding well. Although my Creed prediction may be far too ambitious lol :lol:

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I saw Congo back whenever it was released in a mid-90s in a completely empty (and seemingly massive) theater. I think my friend and I are still the only people in the world who saw that movie.

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I just can't wrap my head around a Stallone movie doing 20 million in one day.  It's like it's 1985 all over again (adjusted for inflation of course).

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I saw Pixels, Transendence, and Insidious 3 in an empty theatre (there was 1 other dude for the latter but he left half way in).

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I saw Bats with Lou Diamond Phillips in an empty theater.

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20 minutes ago, RichWS said:

Also getting an early start was 20th Century Fox’s Victor Frankenstein which grossed $175M from 2,100 locations.

 

20 minutes ago, RichWS said:

Also getting an early start was 20th Century Fox’s Victor Frankenstein which grossed $175M from 2,100 locations.

Holy Crap! 

 

There goes all of our Winter Games!

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Just now, baumer said:

I saw Bats with Lou Diamond Phillips in an empty theater.

 

Hahahaha didn't think a human would ever mention that movie again.

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I was able to see Ant-Man on OW with very few people in the theater, it was awesome. Also saw Gravity with only about 4 other people in the theater.

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Wow, over Frozen? That's an excellent start for TGD. Hope the GA loves it as much as I did.

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Just now, RichWS said:

 

Hahahaha didn't think a human would ever mention that movie again.

 

Still not quite as bad as the last Hunger Games movie.

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1 minute ago, WrathOfHan said:

Also saw Gravity with only about 4 other people in the theater.

Bringing up that film is dangerous

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1 minute ago, WrathOfHan said:

I was able to see Ant-Man on OW with very few people in the theater, it was awesome. Also saw Gravity with only about 4 other people in the theater.

 

*AHEM* We're only talking totally empty theater experiences here. 

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1 minute ago, tribefan695 said:

Wow, over Frozen? That's an excellent start for TGD. Hope the GA loves it as much as I did.

Glad to hear you loved it.  I know you had some trepidation

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I think Stallone's best day ever gross is the 13 mill OD that Expendables made.

 

Friday might bury that number.

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