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My Little Pony: the Movie grossed $8,885,899 over the weekend in North America which was good for fourth this weekend at the box office. It grossed an average of $3,515 on 2,528 screens which was good for third among all movies that weekend. Blade Runner 2049 led the way with $32.8M and an average of over $8,000 per screen over 4,058 screens. The Mountain Between Us was second overall ($10.6M) and It finished third ($10M).

Reviews have varied from good, to middling, to bad as in the review evidently would have given the movie the time of day, but for his/her job as a reviewer and admitted their cynicism as such or stated their irritation at the very existence of the movie. Among critics, the Rotten Tomatoes score stands at 58% with 18 fresh reviews and 13 rotten. Its audience score is at 89% among 3,334 ratings as of 7:30pm ET on October 9th.

Below are the Tomatometer, RT Audience Score, and IMDB rating of the top ten grossing movies as of October 9th, plus the animated movies that have come out this year for comparison:

Movie
Tomatometer
Audience Score
IMDB Score
Beauty and the Beast
71%
81%
7.3
Wonder Woman
92%
89%
7.7
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
82%
88%
7.8
Spider-Man:  Homecoming
93%
89%
7.7
It
85%
86%
7.8
Despicable Me 3
61%
56%
6.3
Logan
93%
90%
8.2
The Fate of the Furious
66%
73%
6.8
Dunkirk
92%
82%
8.4
The Lego Batman Movie
91%
80%
7.4
Boss Baby
52%
52%
6.4
Cars 3
68%
72%
7.0
Captain Underpants
87%
62%
6.2
Lego Ninjago Movie
52%
54%
6.2
My Little Pony:  The Movie
58%
89%
6.9

Of course, a far greater number of ratings have been given to most if not all of the movies on this list besides MLP, but take what you will from it.

As I mentioned, the reviews have been majority good, yet among those who gave it bad reviews, it should make you wonder what these reviewers were playing at. One reviewer thought Rainbow Dash was a boy. Another felt it would rival The Emoji Movie as the worst animated movie of the year. Another all but admitted his irritation that the movie even existed. Finally, the most absurd review came from Christy Lemire of RogerEbert.com where she admitted that this film isn’t her cup of tea and claimed that she encouraged her son to keep an open mind heading into the film and then said (“Sorry, kid,” I told him. “Not everything can be ‘Dunkirk.’”) Of course, not every movie has all sorts of explosions, violence, and people drowning in flaming oil on the ocean. It’s not like this was ever going to be Ben Hur. Makes me wonder what are the doing reviewing the movie in the first place if they were so cynical about it.

My problem here is that people not coming into this thing blind, but coming into this with their cynicism of most non-Disney animated fare that isn’t The Simpsons, South Park, or Spongebob Squarepants. I’m always going to have a problem with someone who automatically dismisses either the show or the movie because of its connections with Hasbro or that it was “meant for little girls.” (We as a fandom could be a little less introvert.)

What do I think? The movie is not perfect, but I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. The pacing could have been better and some elements could have been fleshed out more, but that didn’t deter too much from the movie. The animation was stellar as was the music from Daniel Ingram. Could it have done a better job of introducing the characters to people who are not in tune with the show? Maybe, but then you would have a two-hour movie and kids are unlikely to stay attentive for that long and the other option is to cut one significant portion of the movie. I feel most fans of the show will have, or will enjoy the movie. I’ve heard a few naysayers, but they are in the minority.

Should this movie have happened sooner? Define sooner. Mind you we didn’t know if the show was even going to continue after episode 65 (we’re at 165 and will go to at least 195). We’ll know later on in the month how Hasbro will view this movie when it announces its third quarter earnings. Chances are most of MLP’s numbers for the movie will occur in the fourth and final quarter of the year.

So in hindsight, the numbers are not the most stellar for the Movie to the outsider’s eye and to some in the fandom. For others, the wait was very much worth it and will dismiss (if not dispute loudly) the critics. No, the movie is not perfect and some will not like it for whatever reason. But to many fans, this was the movie they were waiting over two years for and it was worth the wait.

StatManDan

  • “One reviewer thought Rainbow Dash was a boy.”

    Out of all the factual errors in that review… that’s the one you’re singling out?

    That’s a perfectly legitimate mistake to make. I can readily forgive anyone who’s not already familiar with the characters for thinking the raspy-voiced athlete that thinks pirates are the coolest thing ever is an adolescent boy.

    Pony gender characteristics tend to be a heck of a lot subtler than most cartoon characters. It’s not like the girls have boobs to tip him off. I’ll give the reviewer a pass on not knowing male ponies have squared muzzles a lot sooner than I’d give him a pass on not noticing that the “purple unicorn” has wings!

  • StatManDan

    I forgot “Smurfs: The Lost Village” and “The Emoji Movie” in my table. From left to right, the former got 38%, 56%, and 5.9; the latter got 10%, 41%, and 2.3.

    • Jervill

      I think the best comparison is to the 1980s Transformers film. 55% on Rotten Tomatoes, yet fans loved it (judging by a quick Wikipedia flyby).

      • StatManDan

        55% and an audience score of 88% to be exact. One of things they did right with the recent batch of TF movies was to have Peter Cullen voice Optimus and fans were in just like that.

        What makes MLP’s relative success all the more phenomenal is that outside the name, it had nothing to build on back in 2010. TF and Care Bears had the characters they could build on for re-boots. MLP finally has that with G4.