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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Hi all,


Me and my classmates started working on a website that puts together useful info for predicting box office: We've done this for our machine learning project, but I thought it might be also useful to other people. The site is not public because some studios actually started to use it and pay for it, but I thought it wouldn't hurt if I posted a few reports here. :) Btw, just tell me what movie you're interested in and I'll send you a link. :) Here are a few recent ones:


King Arthur: Legend of the Sword -

Free Fire -

Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 -

The Circle -
Sleight -


What do you guys think? Any ideas what we could make better?



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what is the source for these numbers. Guardians awareness seem to be low.

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On 5/1/2017 at 3:34 AM, keysersoze123 said:

what is the source for these numbers. Guardians awareness seem to be low.


The source is our own panel of 1000 people, a representative sample of the US population. I double-checked, the numbers actually look pretty high to me, I was quite surprised. Are you comparing these numbers to some other source?

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On 5/1/2017 at 6:34 AM, keysersoze123 said:

what is the source for these numbers. Guardians awareness seem to be low.


42% what the awareness in the trade press not so long ago, apparently it is a really high number for a movie.


I remember when Glenn Beck runned a will you go see Beauty and the beast in theater with your kids during the gay moment controversy, and a giant high 18% said yes, people thought it was low, if 18% of the domestic population go see your movie in theater one time it will do over 600 million at the box office, it is huge.

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