My Most Watched Films: 2007-2014

young victoriaIn my years of tracking every film I watch throughout the year and noting each year’s most watched films, it occured to me that as my data pool grew, there could be some films only watched once a year that never make the annual lists but are in fact, among my most watched films overall. So I went to the lists starting from 2007 when I tracked all films, not just cinema releases, and gathered the big repeaters for this truly thrilling… list.

I included the films’ release date because comparing viewing times with how recently the film was released reveals some interesting (disturbing?) percentages (if you can do them, which I can’t quite). I would love to be able to do some actual data analysis (and infographics) to compare how harry_potter_and_the_order_of_the_phoenix_poster2“watched’ each film is when compared to total films viewed, years of its availablity, and other patterns. THAT is definitiely what I should spend time figuring out how to do…

But until then, here is the Master List.

37 Most Watched Films 2007-2014

Views Film (Released)

19      The Young Victoria   (2010)

16      Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  (2007)

13      Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  (2004)

12      LOTR Fellowship of the Ring  (2001)

12      Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1  (2010)

11      The Hunger Games  (2012)

10      Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  (2002)

10      Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince  (2009)

10      Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2  (2011)

azkaban10      Marie Antoinette  (2006)

10      Twilight  (2008)

9        Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone  (2001)

9        Jane Eyre   (2006)

9        A Christmas Story  (1983)

9        Rushmore  (1998)

8        LOTR The Two Towers  (2002)

8        LOTR The Return of the King  (2003)

8        Tangled  (2010)

lord_of_the_rings_the_fellowship_of_the_ring_ver48        Star Trek   (2009)

7        Little Women  (1994)

7        Serenity  (2005)

7        I Heart Huckabees  (2004)

6        Thor  (2011)

6        Elf  (2003)

6        National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation  (1989)

6        Say Anything  (1989)

6        The Royal Tenenmbaums  (2001)

5        Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl  (2003)

5        Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest  (2006)

Harry-Potter-and-the-Deathly-Hallows-Part-1-poster5        Star Wars IV: A New Hope  (1977)

5        Star Wars VI: The Return of the Jedi  (1983)

5        The Princess Bride  (1987)

5        Nanny McPhee  (2005)

5        2 Days in Paris  (2007)

5        Galaxy Quest  (1999)

5        Grosse Pointe Blank  (1997)

5        Tootsie  (1982)

the-hunger-games-character-poster-katniss1Interpreting the Data

A. Unsurprisingly, the two films that hold my “Seen Most In Cinemas” records are high on the list. I saw “The Hunger Games” 9 times in the theater and “The Young Victoria” may have an unbeatable lifetime record of 11 times in the theater. If you want to know why I saw both of those so many times, well, you had to be there.

B. Naturally the Potters are top scorers. “Goblet of Fire” of course is nowhere to be seen as I consider it apocryphal and only watch it when a full saga marathon requires it (and somtimes not even then). But what surprised me was how many times “Chamber of Secrets” gets watched, harry_potter_and_the_chamber_of_secretsconsidering it’s techincally my second-to-least favorite of the Potters, mostly because it just feels like Sorcerer’s Stone part 2. But I think it tends to be something I put on in the background when I’m organzing or cleaning, so that could explain its high score. Also interesting to see that “Deathly Hallows Part 1” is the third-most viewed HP film, as its only 4 years old. But it is tied for my second favorite HP, with “Order of the Phoenix” which suprised me by beating out “Prisoner of Azkaban”, my favorite HP and in my top 5 films of all time. I suppose it’s again the case of often having “Order of the Phoenix” on as atmostphere as opposed to when I sit and really watch Azkaban.

Harry-Potter-and-the-Half-Blood-Prince-movie-posterC. Yeah. Twilight. It was research. Seriously.

D. The inspiration to do this list came last Christmas when I realized there were movies I watched at least once every Christmas season that never made it on my annual lists but were probably among my most watched films overall. And indeed, “A Christmas Story”, “Little Women”, “Elf” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” all have high scores. Safe to say that “A Christmas Story” holds my lifetime record of most watched film. I’ve seen it a minimum of every year since since at least 1985, and will continue to do so until I die. It will take the Potters quite a while to overtake, if ever.

harry_potter_and_the_deathly_hallows_part_twoE. Some of the high scorers belong to the ever-expanding category of movies I put on while I enter grades into Excel. Pirates of the Caribbean(s), Nanny McPhee, Galaxy Quest; all fun films whose colorful atmospheres I tend to enjoy when I’m working.

F. The Star Warses. Where is “Empire Stikes Back?” you ask accusingly? It’s at 4 views. My taking-down-Christmas tradition has recently become turning on whatever Star Wars film follows the Star Wars film I had on when taking down Christmas the previous year. Hence, sometimes only one Star War gets watched each year. This is mostly because in the past 5 years someone lost/stole my DVDs of the orginal theatrical versions and I marie_antoinette_ver3can only handle the George Lucasified travesties as background. It has been YEARS since I’ve sat down to watch the whole (true, original, only, 3-part) saga. So sad.

G. This seven year span covers most of my now established tradition of spending January 1st in a Lord of the Rings marathon, so they are essentially guaranteed at least one view a year. But I was still surprised to see how highly they scored, as, unlike the Potters, I NEVER put LOTR on as background. I cannot watch them casually. So I was surprised to see how much time I have spent going There and Back Again, considering it’s such a serious undertaking.

H. Here’s the most watched films per shortest period of circulation.

Annual Average 3.8     Total Views: 19   The Young Victoria (2010)

Annual Average: 3.6    Total Views: 11   The Hunger Games (2012)

Annual Average: 2.5    Total Views: 10   HP: Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2012)

Annual Average: 2.4    Total Views: 12   HP: Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2011)

Annual Average: 1.6    Total Views: 8     Tangled

Well, I sure enjoyed that.

Posted on Wed, Jan 7th, 2015 at 12:16 am
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