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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
 2 Skyfall  $272,366,000 November 9
 3 Prometheus  $126,477,084 June 8
 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.

Written by: Daniel Griffith on December 17, 2012

Daniel is an Author, Designer, and Entrepreneur. With over 10 years of industry experience, Daniel utilizes his unique blend of mathematics and poetry, engineering and creative thinking to solve both technical and business challenges.

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