Digital Audience Ratings: ‘Inside Out’ on Top, ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Packs a Punch

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Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (DAR) – Film, a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to film (see the TV version here). Provided by ListenFirst Media, DAR – Film measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind DAR, scroll to the bottom of the article.

Digital Audience Ratings (DAR) – Film
Weekly Top 5 Wednesday Jun 17, 2015 – Tuesday Jun 23, 2015

1 3 Inside Out 15,858
2 Kung Fu Panda 3 7,676
3 Hotel Transylvania 2 7,399
4 1 Jurassic World 6,799
5 5 Minions 3,614

First time on the chart
Pinnacle Rank

Trending Wednesday Jun 17, 2015 – Tuesday Jun 23, 2015

Sicario 118 +22,006%
7 Minutes 160 +3,459%
Escobar: Paradise Lost 131 +3,407%



  • The DAR-Film leaderboard was quite animated this week, with “Inside Out,” “Kung Fu Panda 3,” “Hotel Transylvania 2” and “Minions” claiming four of the top five spots.
  • “Inside Out” topped the leaderboard and box office this week, grossing over $90 million in its opening weekend. The movie dominated YouTube, generating over 15 million new official channel views throughout the week. While “Inside Out” owned YouTube, “Hotel Transylvania 2” took over Facebook with its new trailer, ranking as the most engaged with film on the platform this week.
  • “Kung Fu Panda 3” debuted on the DAR-Film leaderboard this week as the second-most engaged-with film due to the first official trailer launch. After release on both Facebook and YouTube, the content captured the attention of over 7 million.
  • “Jurassic World” dropped down to No. 4 this week, but maintained a spot on the top 5 for the fourth week in a row thanks to continued box office and digital success. Even after a few weekends in theaters, “Jurassic World” remains the most engaged-with movie on both Twitter and Wikipedia week over week.


Jason Klein is the co-founder and co-CEO of ListenFirst Media, a data and analytics company providing insights for brands. ListenFirst aggregates data streams from a wide range of digital, social, and traditional marketing sources to help brands optimize business performance.


ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (DAR) – Film are a raw aggregate of daily engagements based on owned, earned and organic consumer behavior on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Wikipedia and YouTube. These engagements encompass metrics pertaining to audience growth, page/profile views, page-level and post-level interactions, hashtag volume and Wikipedia page views for all film pages (which provides a proxy for organic search volume).

Organic conversation volume is calculated based on the use of official hashtags, as well as those hashtags submitted directly from distributors. Only hashtags where conversation can be isolated to a specific film are included in the rating.

The Variety Weekly Top 5 and Trending leaderboards for film represent the 7-day (Wednesday – Tuesday) sum total of DAR for all US Domestic Films that have been publicly announced and slated for a commercial theatrical release. Films are rated daily from initial public announcement through 4 weeks post home entertainment street date. Festival films and other films not slated for a commercial theatrical release are excluded from this ranking cohort but available to be rated directly by ListenFirst Media.

The Trending leaderboard surfaces the three films that tracked the largest relative growth in DAR (from the previous 7-day measurement period), and are also in the top 25% based on absolute DAR.

ListenFirst monitors the official digital account owned by the film on each aforementioned platform (except for Wikipedia, where the title-specific profile is considered official). Only the U.S. version of a film’s digital presence is monitored; for platforms that support regional profiles like Facebook, the “Global” profile is considered the U.S. profile. Only profiles that can be attributed to the specific film contribute to the rating (i.e. engagements that happen on the profile are tracked, while engagements that happen on are not). For YouTube, in addition to any film-specific presence, content related to the film in question that originated on the parent company’s official YouTube channel is considered.

For other questions pertaining to methodology, contact ListenFirst Media.

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