Full of superheroes, fantasy, and crowd-pleasers, 2012 was a big year for the movies. Yet, there is often a difference between the quality of the movie and its popularity. (No one, for example, is arguing that Ted, the raunchy film about Mark Wahlberg’s bromance with a comedic teddy bear, is one of the best films of 2012 simply because it comes it at number seven on BoxOfficeMojo‘s top-grossing-films list.)
In a similar way, the movies that sell the most tickets and win the most awards are not always popular on the search engines.
According to Google, the top 10 searched films in 2012 were:
|#||Movie Title||Domestic Gross||Release Date|
|1||The Hunger Games||$408,010,692||March 23|
|4||The Avengers||$623,357,910||May 4|
|5||Magic Mike||$113,721,571||June 29|
|6||John Carter||$73,078,100||March 9|
|7||Ek Tha Tiger||NA||August 17|
|8||Paranormal Activity 4||$53,805,000||October 19|
|9||Taken 2||$138,134,000||October 5|
|10||Dark Shadows||$79,727,149||May 11|
Notably absent from this list are Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises (which garnered a whopping $448,139,099, second to only The Avengers), The Amazing Spider-Man (which earned $262,030,663) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (which earned $276,865,000). Why these films, a group of huge successes at the box office, did not make it into Google’s top ten most searched for movies in 2012 is anyone’s guess.