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Opening-Weekend Movie Crowds

Do You Love or Loathe Opening-Weekend Crowds?

I know that the mere mention of crowds can strike fear into many a normal person's heart (and let me tell you, that person should never go to Comic-Con!), but the rush of seeing a highly anticipated movie the night it opens can be a lot of fun. There's always a certain energy in the air, and the crowd is all kinds of enthusiastic, which makes a simple trip to the theater feel like much more of an event.

Then of course, there's the other side of the coin, which a lot of people have experienced with The Dark Knight. The nightmares include massive lines that you have to be in hours before the show starts, chaos at theaters ill-equipped to handle so many people, too much talking, etc.

So where do you stand? Do you love the energy of a crowd during opening weekend, or does it ruin the experience more times than not?

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MissMimz MissMimz 7 years
totally depends! for some movies...like dark knight, huge movies, I really love opening week end. Its part of the experience, other peoples reactions are contagious! It was an eerie silence when Dark Knight started that night. Ive never seen any movie have everyone in such awe. But for regular movies no, I hate opening week end.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
I haven't seen the Dark Knight yet for this exact reason, to many got damn people.
ohsoapplesweet ohsoapplesweet 8 years
Love! It's just more exciting on opening nights.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i never go, unless a guy takes me on a date. i prefer dvds, so i usually wait for them to come out. and i'm into hitchcock right now, so other movies don't really matter to me.
Wicked Wicked 8 years
If it's a matinee, it's usually not that packed.
marseilles-rose marseilles-rose 8 years
I don't like them because if you don't go early you can't find a seat and it can be noisy during the movie for the "narrators."
ehadams ehadams 8 years
My boyfriend and I see a movie every weekend, so as you can imagine we get tired of the crowds. BUT we have found a secret to avoiding them! We skip the crowds by going to the earliest show on Saturday or Sunday, usually around 10am. The tickets are cheaper and very few people are there (esp on Sunday). Then you can go eat lunch after and spend the rest of the day doing whatever. Of course, it requires not sleeping in too long. ;) But seriously, going to see The Dark Knight opening weekend in a theater with 60% open seats- PRICELESS.
PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 8 years
Opening night for a comedy is the best. I saw "Wedding Crashers" opening night. Everyone was amped, no one was quoting the movie yet so you got real laughter (vs. expecting the joke laughs. BIG movies (ie: The Dark Night) is just too much.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I ABHORE it, and will only go if its a movie i dont want spoiled. The last two movies i have went too ,I almost lost my cool (hell boy and batman) with people Talking really loud, Cell phones going off, people TEXTING in the middle of the movie and thier phones lighting up the entire row.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
for me - it depends. there are some times that it's kind of fun to be with the masses that are all really into whatever it is that we're seeing, but sometimes the crowds are too much and people aren't in the positive spirit about things - and i just want to leave.
leahtron leahtron 8 years
I HATE it, especially for movies with a lot of expectations and hype, like the Dark Knight. I didn't see it yet because I certainly didn't want to hear people chatting and yelling and bickering about the movie the whole time :/
laneylaney laneylaney 8 years
it all depends on my seat! but i usually love going to the movies with people who are obviously psyched to see what i'm seeing. although when i went to the first dark knight showing it was a total mess, it started late, they skipped previews, and they kicked people out who didn't have stubs (which they checked twice with flashlights going the the rows)
littlemissme littlemissme 8 years
I love going to openings. The enthusiasm in people is great :D
ayanaphil ayanaphil 8 years
My only issue is the people that sit next to you. During TDK on Saturday, my father and I had been seated for some time and the guy that ended up sitting next to him had a BO problem going on. I don't know who the girl was that was with him, but there is no way in hell someone with me is leaving the house like that.
cutiekat88 cutiekat88 8 years
Depends.
couture-yourself couture-yourself 8 years
I usually hate it, but it really depends on who I'm with. If we're having fun, I don't mind... Sometimes people are just too obnoxious for me. The midnight viewing of The Dark Knight was actually a decent audience, surprisingly.
ayuninur ayuninur 8 years
it depends..
BShax BShax 8 years
No movie is worth that many people in one place being annoying.
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
If it's a movie I'm dorkily excited about (i.e. Harry Potter), and fanatics are crowded into the theatres all dressed up, everyone is going to see it because they love it, everyone has the same crazy reactions to the most miniscule of directorial choices, etc. That I think is awesome. But when Titanic came out, and the theatres were just so jam-packed, we couldn't even get tickets the first 3 times we tried, we had to sit in separate places, people were talking if they weren't that into the film, etc. That I just avoid at all costs.
Taadie Taadie 8 years
i usually try to buy my tickets online ahead of time for opening weekend blockbusters but i love going the day it comes out. its just awesome.
Phorrest99 Phorrest99 8 years
it depends, if i get to the theatre early enough to get a good seat! :) also sometimes its fun to have a big crowd to see a movie. and, sometimes i've been anxiously awaiting a movie, so i can't wait to see it & i'll brave the opening-weekend crowd!
Allyace Allyace 8 years
It is a love hate for me. I hate when you can't get into a show or have to come back later, but it is a lot of fun knowing you are watching the movie with true fans :). Trying to get into a Harry Potter on opening night is woah hard though. I live in a city with a lot of theaters and still had to get tickets for the show after the one I had intended to see.
fsofield fsofield 8 years
For everything else it's ok, for Star Wars movies ugh!
fashion4ward fashion4ward 8 years
Depends on how good of a seat I get. Heehee.
idawson idawson 8 years
depends on the crowd for me for instance i was in a 9am show for the dark knight and it did not bother me because the crowd was cool that being said probably would not go that early again (happened that i had plans later in the day and that was the only time i could go with my brothers)
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