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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

Weekend Numbers | 19.4 M FATE OF THE FURIOUS | 12 M HOW TO BE LATIN LOVER | 10.1 M BAAHUBALI II | 9.3 M THE CIRCLE

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Yikes.  Could hit 10M for the weekend at the most it seems.

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The definition of a "calm before the storm" weekend.

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Given the 8 PM start, this is ok. It does put 10M in jeopardy though

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oh yeah I forgot it only had 8PM shows.  10M looking a bit more plausible in that case.  I think it should do about 11M.

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The showing starting right now at my theater has sold 31 seats. The only movie coming close is Going in Style at 14 tickets about half an hour ago. 

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I wasn't really following the RT watch for the film and after seeing it last night I was shocked it had such a low score.  I really enjoyed it.

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Just now, kayumanggi said:

This will likely end up with a bigger opening than The Circle even if it proves crazy frontloaded. Nuts.

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FRIDAY AM UPDATE: As expected Baahubali 2: The Conclusion got off to a very strong start last night, pulling in $2.5 million from 330 locations, though those are only early estimates as all theaters have not yet reported so we'll be waiting for more official numbers later today or tomorrow.

 

Additionally, Lionsgate's release of Pantelion's How to be a Latin Lover brought in an estimated $450,000 last night from 925 theaters while STX's The Circle brought in $430,000 from ~1,500 theaters with previews beginning at 7PM.

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3 minutes ago, kayumanggi said:

 

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Just now, kayumanggi said:

FRIDAY AM UPDATE: As expected Baahubali 2: The Conclusion got off to a very strong start last night, pulling in $2.5 million from 330 locations, though those are only early estimates as all theaters have not yet reported so we'll be waiting for more official numbers later today or tomorrow.

 

Additionally, Lionsgate's release of Pantelion's How to be a Latin Lover brought in an estimated $450,000 last night from 925 theaters while STX's The Circle brought in $430,000 from ~1,500 theaters with previews beginning at 7PM.

Huh, was Latin Lover expected to make more from previews than Circle?

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Damn Latin Lover went above The Circle too.  This is looking to be a bit of an interesting weekend for sure.

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Just now, Arlborn said:

Huh, was Latin Lover expected to make more from previews than Circle?

Pretty sure it wasn't. Makes Circle's numbers look even worse.

 

How to Be a Latin Lover was very heavily marketed in Latin-friendly locations (like Miami) and that audience is largely underserved so this doesn't seem too surprising.

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Oof, the RT audience scores...

 

Latin Lover: 76%

Sleight: 67%

The Circle: 35%

 

Toxic WOM incoming?  I can see the ending being particularly divisive as well.

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I'm so confused.  There must be a BIG disagreement with the distributor for Baahubali 2 and theater owners in Canada.  It's not playing anywhere here and this is going to cost it money no doubt.  Toronto, specifically Brampton, has a massive Indian population.  To have it nowhere to be found here really pisses me off.  

 

Over the Easter weekend, there was an Indian movie here that was sold out FOR EVERY SHOW from Thursday previews to Sunday night.  It outgrossed F8 at this theater.......ridiculous that the biggest Bollywood or Indian movie, is not playing here.  

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7 minutes ago, kayumanggi said:

FRIDAY AM UPDATE: As expected Baahubali 2: The Conclusion got off to a very strong start last night, pulling in $2.5 million from 330 locations, though those are only early estimates as all theaters have not yet reported so we'll be waiting for more official numbers later today or tomorrow.

 

Additionally, Lionsgate's release of Pantelion's How to be a Latin Lover brought in an estimated $450,000 last night from 925 theaters while STX's The Circle brought in $430,000 from ~1,500 theaters with previews beginning at 7PM.

Box Office Mojo having the numbers first warms my heart. :wub:

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3 minutes ago, baumer said:

I'm so confused.  There must be a BIG disagreement with the distributor for Baahubali 2 and theater owners in Canada.  It's not playing anywhere here and this is going to cost it money no doubt.  Toronto, specifically Brampton, has a massive Indian population.  To have it nowhere to be found here really pisses me off.  

 

Over the Easter weekend, there was an Indian movie here that was sold out FOR EVERY SHOW from Thursday previews to Sunday night.  It outgrossed F8 at this theater.......ridiculous that the biggest Bollywood or Indian movie, is not playing here.  

Distributor is Great India Films and from what I see, this is their first shot. They probably flubbed it

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The Circle probably isn't even gonna make $20M in total.

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