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 Jan 7, 2015 – Tuesday Jan 13, 2015

1 3 The Avengers: Age of Ultron 13,117
2 1 Ant-Man 9,559
3 Fifty Shades of Grey 6,424
4 Chappie 5,589
5 2 Paddington 4,203

First time on the chart
Pinnacle Rank

Trending Wednesday Jan 7, 2015 – Tuesday Jan 13, 2015

Sisters 1,172 +64,699%
The Lazarus Effect 2,909 +24,264%
Unfriended 113 +22,457%



  • Trailer debuts during Monday’s College Football National Championship on ESPN landed “Avengers” and “Chappie” spots on this week’s DAR-Film leaderboard. “Avengers” jumped to the top as Facebook fans tuned in to see the full trailer debut during the game. The trailer later broke 14MM views on YouTube within the first 24 hours online. “Chappie’s” trailer #2 did not see the same YouTube viewership, but Facebook engagement was through the roof — increasing more than  30,000% from last week.
  • Following last week’s debut at No. 1, “Ant-Man” maintained a top spot this week thanks to continued viewing of the full teaser trailer. The two teaser previews and trailer have accumulated a total of 18MM views on YouTube over the past two weeks.
  • This Valentine’s Day may be more about lust than love. “Fifty Shades of Grey” claimed the No. 3 spot on the Top 5 leaderboard after tickets for the provocative holiday hit went on sale this week. Fans flew to Facebook and YouTube to engage with the seductive announcement content.


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.