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Digital Audience Ratings: Strong Showing for Sony as Family Favorites Top the Week

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 Sept 23, 2015 – Tuesday Sept 29, 2015

RANK LAST WEEK FILM RATING(000)
1 Hotel Transylvania 2 4,325
2 The Angry Birds Movie 3,343
3 The Peanuts Movie 3,175
4 Goosebumps 2,517
5 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2,396

Key
First time on the chart
Pinnacle Rank

Trending Wednesday Sept 23, 2015 – Tuesday Sept 29, 2015

FILM RATING(000) % CHANGE
The Angry Birds Movie 3,343 +26,308%
He Named Me Malala 425 +5,181%
The Big Short 1,813 +2,934%

 

Insights:

  • The DAR-Film leaderboard displayed a clean slate this week, with three films reappearing and two new debuts. Sony made a splash on the charts with new release “Hotel Transylvania 2” and upcoming franchise-to-film hits “Goosebumps” and “Angry Birds”.
  • “Hotel Transylvania 2” topped the DAR-Film leaderboard after opening to a record breaking $48.5 million over the weekend. Fellow Sony film “The Angry Birds Movie” debuted at #2 after launching the first teaser trailer for the popular franchise. The film was also the top trending film of the week.
  • Also trending this week was Fox Searchlight’s “He Named Me Malala” and Michael Lewis’ “The Big Short.” “Malala’s” strong presence at TIFF and upcoming release landed the documentary a spot on the trending leaderboard this week, while “The Big Short” relied on the first trailer to trend on social.
  • Iconic comic “Peanuts” made it’s debut on the DAR-Film leaderboard this week after the second  trailer gained momentum on YouTube. “The Peanuts Movie” is heading to the big screen this fall.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens” returned to the charts after dominating cross-channel engagement on social. “Star Wars” was the most engaging film on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ over the 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.

Methodology:

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.

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