As much as I hate Abrams... (He has made a boat load of money with Star Trek.)
Is the bit in parentheses an explanation for the preceding part ?
And that's your opinion. Objectively it seems to be doing fine. And in terms of story, it's entirely subjective whether one thinks a story is good or not.
Then why does the movie going public still attach a stigma to it?
I don't think there's a stigma at all. And there's 400 million+ reasons why I think so.