With several highly-anticipated movie releases scheduled for 2014, social media research firm Fizziology looked at social volume from November and December 2013 to determine the most buzzed-about movies of 2014.
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#1 “Divergent” (Summit-Lionsgate)
From the studio that brought us “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” comes the next fangirl phenomenon, based on the best-selling YA series by Veronica Roth. Starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James, social mentions jumped more than 6x in November with the trailer’s release before “Catching Fire.”
#2 “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (Sony)
A slew of press including photos and posters (especially of Jamie Foxx as Electro) kept daily social mentions of the film upward of 1,000 throughout November. December’s trailer release caused conversation to skyrocket and remain high since.
X-Men #3 “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (Fox)
Social buzz for the new X-Men film began early at Comic-Con when a panel of old and new characters revealed the unique style of the superhero sequel. Marketing and publicity stunts like The Bent Bullet viral website about the JFK assassination/mutant conspiracy have kept social conversation consistently high for the film. Jennifer Lawrence, in blue body paint, also doesn’t hurt.
#4 “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” (Lionsgate)
It’s no surprise that “Mockingjay” is one of the most highly anticipated films of 2014 in social after the success of “Catching Fire” this year. Buzz about the film was high after the latest Hunger Games flick, as fans and critics were pleased with director Francis Lawrence, who will also helm the franchise’s last two installments.
#5 “Maleficent” (BV)
The release of the poster and trailer in November got fans buzzing excitedly about the darker Disney movie. The film stars Angelina Jolie in her first big studio starring role since 2010’s “Salt” and also features her daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt in a cameo.
#6 “Godzilla” (WB)
Legendary and Warner Bros. set up a “Godzilla Encounter” at Comic-Con in July, and director Gareth Edwards showed a short teaser. The full trailer release in December also featured a good look at the monster and “Breaking Bad” fans also seem excited to see Bryan Cranston on screen.
#7 “The Fault in Our Stars” (Fox)
Fans of the best-selling novel expressed their excitement on social media for the release of the poster. Also helping the cause: Author John Green (@realjohngreen) also tweets and posts photos from the set.
#8 “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (BV)
<p>Comic book fans drove most of the social conversation around "The Winter Soldier," discussing Cap's new uniform, character additions and potential spoilers. Most of the film's social buzz came from people who watched the extended trailer in front of the Thor sequel.</p>
#9 “Need for Speed” (BV)
Based on a popular videogame series, stars Kid Cudi and Aaron Paul (or “Breaking Bad’s” Jesse Pinkman to most) are generating buzz for the action flick. Men are dominating the conversation, calling it the next “Fast & Furious.”
#10 “22 Jump Street” (Sony)
Following a year of buddy comedy box office successes like “Identity Thief” and “The Heat,” “22 Jump Street” is the 2014 breakout comedy in social at this point. The sequel saw hundreds of social mentions every day during the past two months, and its recent trailer accrued more than 65,000 mentions the day it dropped. Co-star Jonah Hill is also getting awards buzz for his role in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Honorable Mention – “The Lego Movie” (WB)
Buzz increased with the release of the first trailer in early November. Fans think it looks hilarious, but the big stars like Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman and Will Ferrell are each driving a considerable portion of conversation as well.
Social media was abuzz following star Paul Walker’s death in November, which prompted Universal to delay the release of “Fast & Furious 7” to 2015. Fan interest should remain high as filmmakers and director James Wan change the course of the franchise.