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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AndyLL

When you've reached rock bottom, there's only one way to go, and that's Derby! | Week 1 - 2017

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Time to redeem myself for a meh 2016. 

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A Monster Calls is going to be a killer this weekend... 

 

I feel fairly good about most of my predictions other than that one. Hidden Figures could surprise as well I guess. 

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On 01/06/2017 at 3:41 AM, kswiston said:

A Monster Calls is going to be a killer this weekend... 

 

I feel fairly good about most of my predictions other than that one. Hidden Figures could surprise as well I guess. 

Any ways to redo prediction? I accidently hit the "1" without my knowledge. Now my prediction for Monster calls is $14.68 instead of $4.68😨

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26 minutes ago, harryHERTZ said:

Any ways to redo prediction? I accidently hit the "1" without my knowledge. Now my prediction for Monster calls is $14.68 instead of $4.68😨

I don't think it will matter, harry.  A Monster Calls is projected to make less than 2 million this weekend, so it will be a zero score either way.

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Posted (edited)

This was a rough week. I did pretty well on the new releases, but I was way too optimistic on the holdovers. Fences in particular murdered my score.

 

It looks like a lot of people were in the same boat. Congrats to the three or four of you who have a good shot at finishing over 85% this weekend! Just hope that A Monster Calls doesn't shift by 200k in the wrong direction :P

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I totally fucked this up. I treated this like a mid-January weekend and I underestimated what the weather would do.

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History proved my predictions FALSE.

 

What a way to start the year!

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I was afraid of A Monster Calls, but I should have feared Fences! That 30-something really hurt. At least the actuals bumped me over 80%.

 

Congrats Padre.

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@AndyLL

 

http://www.the-numbers.com/box-office-chart/weekend/2017/01/06

Weekend Domestic Chart for January 6th, 2017

← Previous Chart Chart Index  
 
    Movie Distributor Gross Change Thtrs. Per Thtr. Total Gross Days
1 (17) Hidden Figures 20th Century Fox $22,800,057 +2,557% 2,471 $9,227   $25,754,235 15
2 (1) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Walt Disney $22,063,570 -56% 4,157 $5,308   $477,364,924 24
3 (2) Sing Universal $20,712,365 -52% 3,955 $5,237   $214,512,010 19
4 new Underworld: Blood Wars Sony Pictures $13,688,751   3,070 $4,459   $13,688,751 3
5 (7) La La Land Lionsgate $10,132,213 +6% 1,515 $6,688   $51,788,800 31
6 (3) Passengers Sony Pictures $8,816,213 -45% 3,400 $2,593   $80,909,256 19
7 (5) Why Him? 20th Century Fox $6,901,730 -31% 2,904 $2,377   $48,961,283 17
8 (4) Moana Walt Disney $6,384,485 -42% 2,549 $2,505   $225,365,667 47
9 (6) Fences Paramount Pictures $4,813,606 -52% 2,368 $2,033   $40,776,870 24
10 (8) Assassin’s Creed 20th Century Fox $4,178,643 -52% 2,642 $1,582   $49,884,426 19
11 (9) Manchester-by-the Sea Roadside Attractions $2,517,794 -41% 1,057 $2,382   $33,858,151 52
12 (44) A Monster Calls Focus Features $2,080,051 +9,774% 1,523 $1,366   $2,171,543 17


Just ignore Assassin's Creed and Manchester by the Sea.

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18 hours ago, cannastop said:

I totally fucked this up. I treated this like a mid-January weekend and I underestimated what the weather would do.

The weather? Omg, I'm just making predictions out of the blue... Denmark is far far away and I guess my prediction results show just that. Here's hoping that 2017 will treat me kinder😎

And oops, posted this in the wrong place, hope it's OK though.

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1 hour ago, kswiston said:

I was afraid of A Monster Calls, but I should have feared Fences! That 30-something really hurt. At least the actuals bumped me over 80%.

 

Congrats Padre.

Me too, I forgot about demographics hurting each other in the case of Fences.  I was just thinking Fences was an Oscar hopeful and would've held better.  Tough week in general, though.  Next week can be another magnitude of toughness.  Congrats, Padre!

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Congrats @Padre

 

1 Padre 88.517% 79.258% 92.485% 11.264% 37 10
2 Matrix4You 87.800% 96.501% 84.071% 10.547% 36 10
3 boxofficeth 85.910% 84.912% 86.338% 8.657% 35 10
4 Rolling Thunder 85.784% 93.591% 82.439% 8.531% 34 10
5 AndyLL 83.201% 94.395% 78.404% 5.948% 33 10
6 darkelf 82.525% 90.664% 79.036% 5.272% 32 10
7 POTUS 82.468% 84.290% 81.687% 5.215% 31 10
8 JMorphin 81.686% 86.299% 79.710% 4.434% 30 10
9 Bates 80.626% 89.503% 76.822% 3.373% 29 10
10 TalismanRing 80.589% 85.914% 78.307% 3.336% 28 10
11 kswiston 80.228% 90.895% 75.657% 2.975% 27 10
12 CJohn 80.194% 73.050% 83.256% 2.941% 26 10
13 Exxdee 79.369% 77.973% 79.968% 2.116% 25 10
14 moviecriticguy 79.259% 87.552% 75.705% 2.006% 24 10
15 Simionski 79.233% 86.486% 76.124% 1.980% 23 10
16 Jason 79.039% 89.444% 74.579% 1.786% 22 10
17 Tower 78.320% 87.729% 74.287% 1.067% 21 10
18 Wrath 78.070% 90.296% 72.830% 0.816% 20 10
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wow, 27th, was it me being stupid or just the snow storm... :)

just back to normal i guess. way to start the year!

 

congrats @Padre for winning!

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Thanks to all
Hope not the last victory:)

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