Digital Audience Ratings: ‘Spectre’ Soars, ‘Southpaw’ 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 Mar 25, 2015 – Tuesday Mar 31, 2015

1 Spectre 9,329
2 5 Furious 7 9,166
3 4 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 5,788
4 1 Avengers: Age of Ultron 5,464
5 Cinderella 4,697

First time on the chart
Pinnacle Rank

Trending Wednesday Mar 25, 2015 – Tuesday Mar 31, 2015

Southpaw 1,078 +18,526%
Dope 120 +7,579%
Maggie 218 +7,300%



  • Action franchises took over the DAR-Film leaderboard this week, with the newest installments of hit series “007,” “Fast & Furious,” “Mission Impossible,” and “Avengers” claiming the top four spots on the chart. “Avengers” and “Furious 7” also rank as the most engaging films of 2015 to date.
  • James Bond re-emerged in the first trailer for “Spectre,” making its debut at the top of the DAR-Film leaderboard. The 24th film in the 007 series had no problem engaging its fanbase yet again. The trailer was teased in advance, followed by the full launch on To keep fans engaged after the release, a few behind the scenes photos were also shared a few days later.
  • Due to continued trailer engagement, “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” jumped up from fourth to third on the DAR-Film leaderboard. Fans continued to discover and watch both the exclusive first look and full trailer across Facebook and YouTube this week.
  • Trailers also topped the trending leaderboard, with Weinstein’s “Southpaw,” Open Road’s “Dope” and Roadside’s “Maggie” sharing their first content releases this 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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  1. JB Suits says:

    Spectre deserves the first spot after super suspense teaser trailer, It will definitely will be the number # 1 of the year, Furious 7 is the highest grossing movie of the franchise it is brilliant movie too. But I am not satisfied seeing Age of Ultron below Mission Impossible 5 it should be above and must be!

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