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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 Nov 19, 2014 – Tuesday Nov 25, 2014

1 Cinderella 14,392
2 Jurassic World 14,148
3 2 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 7,394
4 Pitch Perfect 2 3,688
5 4 Big Hero 6 2,839

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Pinnacle Rank

Trending Wednesday Nov 19, 2014 – Tuesday Nov 25, 2014

Jurassic World 14,148 +21,284%
Peanuts 1,377 +13,262%
The Age of Adaline 259 +10,764%



  • Disney connected their corporate dots yet again to give “Cinderella” a spectacular debut at #1. After countdown posts and a teaser video, the first full-length trailer for the live action fairy tale debuted during ABC’s “Good Morning America” (11/19). Once released online, press outlets and fans were equally intrigued by the magical moments, pushing “Cinderella” to the top spot of this week’s DAR-Film leaderboard.
  • Universal’s “Jurassic Park” re-emerged last year with a 3D release of the original film, and the adventure continued this week. The newest installment “Jurassic World” is set to hit theaters in 2015. A 20-second trailer tease captured the attention of millions, before the full trailer dropped. On top of 7MM teaser video views, the full trailer followed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – doubling the week’s engagement. With a Digital Audience Rating of 14.1MM, “Jurassic World” finished the week just behind “Cinderella” (14.3MM).
  • “Pitch Perfect 2” sang its way onto the charts this week after the cast paid a visit to “The Ellen Show” to debut the first trailer on-air and online. Leveraging “Ellen’s” tremendous social following, “Ellen’s” cross-promotion on platforms like Twitter and Facebook helped drive engagement to “Pitch Perfect’s” presences where fans were already making noise, drumming up over 2MM engagements this week on Facebook alone.


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 facebook.com/ArgoMovie are tracked, while engagements that happen on facebook.com/WarnerBrosPictures 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.