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 Dec 24, 2014 – Tuesday Dec 30, 2014

1 5 The Interview 6,945
2 Entourage 5,117
3 1 American Sniper 2,593
4 Big Hero 6 2,544
5 3 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2,295

First time on the chart
Pinnacle Rank

Trending Wednesday Dec 24, 2014 – Tuesday Dec 30, 2014

Magic Mike XXL 179 +770%
Entourage 5,117 +735%
Kung Fu Panda 3 67 +362%



  • Freedom prevailed and “The Interview” grossed over $15MM online, while topping the DAR-Film leaderboard. When “The Interview’s” initial cancellation was announced Dec. 17, engagement doubled and continued to climb. The combination of Now Playing announcements on YouTube, talent support on Twitter and exceptional search volume moved the film from 5th to 1st throughout release week.
  • The highly anticipated “Entourage” movie debuted at #2 on both DAR-Film leaderboards. The film’s plot is picking up where the HBO TV series left off, and also leveraging the same social accounts for promotion. The first poster reminded the series’ 4MM+ Facebook fans that “The Ride Ain’t Over” before the teaser trailer was released and viewed nearly 5MM times on YouTube.
  • “Magic Mike XXL” and “Kung Fu Panda 3” wished their Facebook fans a Happy Holidays this week, and trended as a result. “Magic Mike XXL’s” post (94k) was about twice as engaging as “Kung Fu Panda 3’s” post (47k), topping the Trending leaderboard. The photo of Tatum Channing with the copy “It’s better to be naughty than nice. Happy Holidays from #MagicMike” is the most engaging post the page has shared over the past year.


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.