Readers Poll: Your Favorite Movies of 2012 Are THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE AVENGERS, SKYFALL, LOOPER, and THE HOBBIT

     December 30, 2012

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To try something new with our top 10 lists this year, we opened up a readers poll where you could vote for your 10 favorite movies of 2012.  The tallies are in: 3,760 of you from over 100 different countries racked up 28,375 total votes.  Your top ten of the year are The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, Skyfall, Looper, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Django Unchained, Argo, The Cabin in the Woods, Moonrise Kingdom, and Prometheus.

The two superhero giants were always a lock for the top spots, but I was surprised to find that a true majority of our readers voted for The Dark Knight Rises (59.9%) and The Avengers (55.4%).  It’s nice to see that not everything on the list is a blockbuster, as so many of you found room for the likes of The Cabin in the Woods (25.7%) and Moonrise Kingdom (21.9%).  Hit the jump for the full breakdown of the votes, including a comparison of American votes and international votes.

the-avengers-chris-evans-captain-america-imageThe readers top 20 is a good mix of a typical critic’s year-end list (Argo, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty); the comic book movies (The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man); the big hits (Skyfall, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games); a couple genre flops (The Cabin in the Woods, Cloud Atlas); and a lot of science fiction (Looper, Prometheus, Chronicle).  It’s pretty light on comedy—just Ted and 21 Jump Street make the cut—and we don’t see an animated film until Wreck-It Ralph at 25.  But overall, I think you can be proud of this list, readers.

The biggest surprise for me is the placement of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.  Collider has a good relationship with the Twilight fanbase, but only 70 people voted for the Breaking Dawn—less than 2% of the voters.  Maybe they’re done with the site now that The Twilight Saga is over?

It is impressive that Zero Dark Thirty, a frontrunner for Best Picture, made the top 20 even though it is still only in limited release. I imagine if we redid this poll in a month or two, Zero Dark Thirty could crack the top 10.

Overall Readers Top 20

Rank

Movie

Votes

Percent

1

The Dark Knight Rises

2253

59.9%

2

The Avengers

2083

55.4%

3

Skyfall

1701

45.2%

4

Looper

1370

36.4%

5

The Hobbit

1177

31.3%

6

Django Unchained

1054

28.0%

7

Argo

1046

27.8%

8

The Cabin in the Woods

968

25.7%

9

Moonrise Kingdom

822

21.9%

10

Prometheus

811

21.6%

11

21 Jump Street

756

20.1%

12

The Hunger Games

660

17.6%

13

Ted

624

16.6%

14

Lincoln

613

16.3%

15

Life of Pi

545

14.5%

16

Chronicle

540

14.4%

17

The Amazing Spider-Man

522

13.9%

18

Zero Dark Thirty

487

13.0%

19

Silver Linings Playbook

471

12.5%

20

Cloud Atlas

452

12.0%

 

life-of-piThe majority of voters (2,199) are from the U.S., but we had a healthy international turnout (1,561 voters), enough of a sample size to compare the voter preferences.

The top 10 lists are pretty similar.  In fact, the top four are the exact same, but American voters were more enthusiastic about The Dark Knight Rises (61% vs. 58%), The Avengers (59% vs. 50%), and Skyfall (48% vs. 41%), partly because nternational readers voted less in general.  American readers chose 8.0 movies on average, while the average international reader limited himself to 6.9 votes.

American voters opted for Moonrise Kingdom and 21 Jump Street to round out the top 10, while international voters preferred Prometheus and Life of Pi.  International readers ranked Life of Pi 10 spots higher than American voters.  The comparable movie for Americans is Lincoln: 11th on the U.S. list, 24th on the international list. Given the biopic’s focus one of America’s finest presidents, that sounds about right.

U.S. Readers Top 10

Rank

Movie

Votes

Percent

1

The Dark Knight Rises

1350

61.4%

2

The Avengers

1296

58.9%

3

Skyfall

1056

48.0%

4

Looper

808

36.7%

5

Django Unchained

732

33.3%

6

Argo

690

31.4%

7

The Hobbit

677

30.8%

8

The Cabin in the Woods

657

29.9%

9

Moonrise Kingdom

567

25.8%

10

21 Jump Street

509

23.1%

 

International Readers Top 10

Rank

Movie

Votes

Percent

1

The Dark Knight Rises

902

57.8%

2

The Avengers

787

50.4%

3

Skyfall

645

41.3%

4

Looper

562

36.0%

5

The Hobbit

500

32.0%

6

Argo

356

22.8%

7

Prometheus

331

21.2%

8

Django Unchained

322

20.6%

9

The Cabin in the Woods

311

19.9%

10

Life of Pi

265

17.0%

 

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Overall Readers Top 100

Rank

Movie

Votes

Percent

1

The Dark Knight Rises

2253

59.9%

2

The Avengers

2083

55.4%

3

Skyfall

1701

45.2%

4

Looper

1370

36.4%

5

The Hobbit

1177

31.3%

6

Django Unchained

1054

28.0%

7

Argo

1046

27.8%

8

The Cabin in the Woods

968

25.7%

9

Moonrise Kingdom

822

21.9%

10

Prometheus

811

21.6%

11

21 Jump Street

756

20.1%

12

The Hunger Games

660

17.6%

13

Ted

624

16.6%

14

Lincoln

613

16.3%

15

Life of Pi

545

14.5%

16

Chronicle

540

14.4%

17

The Amazing Spider-Man

522

13.9%

18

Zero Dark Thirty

487

13.0%

19

Silver Linings Playbook

471

12.5%

20

Cloud Atlas

452

12.0%

21

The Raid: Redemption

426

11.3%

22

The Master

420

11.2%

23

The Grey

419

11.1%

24

Les Miserables

410

10.9%

25

Wreck-It Ralph

381

10.1%

26

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

330

8.8%

27

Dredd

297

7.9%

28

Seven Psychopaths

286

7.6%

29

John Carter

271

7.2%

30

End of Watch

255

6.8%

31

Safety Not Guaranteed

241

6.4%

32

Brave

238

6.3%

33

Lawless

226

6.0%

34

Beasts of the Southern Wild

225

6.0%

35

The Expendables 2

219

5.8%

36

ParaNorman

190

5.1%

37

Men in Black 3

174

4.6%

38

Flight

159

4.2%

39

Pitch Perfect

153

4.1%

40

Goon

144

3.8%

41

Killing Them Softly

135

3.6%

42

The Bourne Legacy

125

3.3%

43

The Intouchables

118

3.1%

44

Magic Mike

117

3.1%

45

Frankenweenie

112

3.0%

46

Snow White and the Huntsman

106

2.8%

47

Jack Reacher

103

2.7%

48

Killer Joe

102

2.7%

49

Haywire

101

2.7%

50

Amour

100

2.7%

51

Holy Motors

100

2.7%

52

Bernie

92

2.4%

53

The Woman in Black

92

2.4%

54

Safe House

87

2.3%

55

Project X

82

2.2%

56

Madagascar 3

79

2.1%

57

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

78

2.1%

58

The Dictator

75

2.0%

59

Rise of the Guardians

73

1.9%

60

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

70

1.9%

61

Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

70

1.9%

62

Taken 2

68

1.8%

63

Savages

66

1.8%

64

Seeking a Friend

66

1.8%

65

Battleship

61

1.6%

66

Ruby Sparks

61

1.6%

67

This Is 40

61

1.6%

68

Headhunters

58

1.5%

69

Dark Shadows

56

1.5%

70

Rust and Bone

56

1.5%

71

The Secret World of Arrietty

55

1.5%

72

Ice Age: Continental Drift

51

1.4%

73

The Five-Year Engagement

51

1.4%

74

Your Sister’s Sister

50

1.3%

75

Cosmopolis

48

1.3%

76

Sinister

48

1.3%

77

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

47

1.3%

78

Premium Rush

47

1.3%

79

The Campaign

47

1.3%

80

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

46

1.2%

81

Sleepwalk with Me

45

1.2%

82

Kill List

43

1.1%

83

Anna Karenina

41

1.1%

84

Underworld: Awakening

37

1.0%

85

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

36

1.0%

86

Resident Evil: Retribution

35

0.9%

87

Sound of My Voice

33

0.9%

88

On the Road

33

0.9%

89

Rock of Ages

32

0.9%

90

Lockout

30

0.8%

91

The Man with the Iron Fists

30

0.8%

92

Hotel Transylvania

29

0.8%

93

The Vow

29

0.8%

94

Arbitrage

28

0.7%

95

Hitchcock

28

0.7%

96

Wrath of the Titans

27

0.7%

97

Celeste and Jesse Forever

24

0.6%

98

Take This Waltz

24

0.6%

99

Friends With Kids

23

0.6%

100

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

21

0.6%

 

 

U.S. Readers Top 100

Rank

Movie

Votes

Percent

1

The Dark Knight Rises

1350

61.4%

2

The Avengers

1296

58.9%

3

Skyfall

1056

48.0%

4

Looper

808

36.7%

5

Django Unchained

732

33.3%

6

Argo

690

31.4%

7

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

677

30.8%

8

The Cabin in the Woods

657

29.9%

9

Moonrise Kingdom

567

25.8%

10

21 Jump Street

509

23.1%

11

Lincoln

488

22.2%

12

Prometheus

479

21.8%

13

The Hunger Games

426

19.4%

14

Ted

374

17.0%

15

Silver Linings Playbook

358

16.3%

16

Zero Dark Thirty

355

16.1%

17

Chronicle

317

14.4%

18

The Amazing Spider-Man

314

14.3%

19

The Master

282

12.8%

20

Life of Pi

280

12.7%

21

Les Miserables

278

12.6%

22

The Grey

275

12.5%

23

Wreck-It Ralph

269

12.2%

24

Cloud Atlas

252

11.5%

25

The Raid: Redemption

244

11.1%

26

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

204

9.3%

27

Seven Psychopaths

193

8.8%

28

Safety Not Guaranteed

183

8.3%

29

John Carter

160

7.3%

30

Beasts of the Southern Wild

154

7.0%

31

Dredd

153

7.0%

32

Brave

152

6.9%

33

End of Watch

147

6.7%

34

Lawless

139

6.3%

35

ParaNorman

120

5.5%

36

Flight

119

5.4%

37

The Expendables 2

103

4.7%

38

Goon

98

4.5%

39

Pitch Perfect

98

4.5%

40

Men in Black 3

89

4.0%

41

Magic Mike

76

3.5%

42

The Bourne Legacy

75

3.4%

43

Bernie

71

3.2%

44

Killing Them Softly

69

3.1%

45

Frankenweenie

67

3.0%

46

Snow White and the Huntsman

66

3.0%

47

Haywire

62

2.8%

48

Jack Reacher

61

2.8%

49

Safe House

56

2.5%

50

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

51

2.3%

51

Killer Joe

50

2.3%

52

This Is 40

50

2.3%

53

Holy Motors

49

2.2%

54

Project X

49

2.2%

55

Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

46

2.1%

56

Seeking a Friend

42

1.9%

57

The Woman in Black

42

1.9%

58

Sleepwalk with Me

41

1.9%

59

Savages

39

1.8%

60

Rise of the Guardians

38

1.7%

61

The Secret World of Arrietty

38

1.7%

62

Amour

36

1.6%

63

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

36

1.6%

64

The Campaign

35

1.6%

65

The Five-Year Engagement

35

1.6%

66

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

34

1.5%

67

Taken 2

34

1.5%

68

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

33

1.5%

69

Sinister

33

1.5%

70

Battleship

30

1.4%

71

The Dictator

29

1.3%

72

Ruby Sparks

26

1.2%

73

Your Sister’s Sister

26

1.2%

74

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

24

1.1%

75

Anna Karenina

23

1.0%

76

Cosmopolis

23

1.0%

77

Headhunters

23

1.0%

78

Sound of My Voice

23

1.0%

79

Dark Shadows

22

1.0%

80

The Intouchables

22

1.0%

81

Underworld: Awakening

22

1.0%

82

The Man with the Iron Fists

21

1.0%

83

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

20

0.9%

84

Kill List

20

0.9%

85

Premium Rush

20

0.9%

86

Arbitrage

19

0.9%

87

Celeste and Jesse Forever

18

0.8%

88

Hitchcock

18

0.8%

89

Friends With Kids

17

0.8%

90

Rock of Ages

17

0.8%

91

The Sessions

17

0.8%

92

Hotel Transylvania

16

0.7%

93

On the Road

15

0.7%

94

Compliance

14

0.6%

95

Lockout

14

0.6%

96

Resident Evil: Retribution

14

0.6%

97

Rust and Bone

13

0.6%

98

Smashed

13

0.6%

99

Wrath of the Titans

13

0.6%

100

Ice Age: Continental Drift

12

0.5%

 

International Readers Top 100

Rank

Movie

Votes

Percent

1

The Dark Knight Rises

902

57.8%

2

The Avengers

787

50.4%

3

Skyfall

645

41.3%

4

Looper

562

36.0%

5

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

500

32.0%

6

Argo

356

22.8%

7

Prometheus

331

21.2%

8

Django Unchained

322

20.6%

9

The Cabin in the Woods

311

19.9%

10

Life of Pi

265

17.0%

11

Moonrise Kingdom

255

16.3%

12

Ted

250

16.0%

13

21 Jump Street

247

15.8%

14

The Hunger Games

233

14.9%

15

Chronicle

223

14.3%

16

The Amazing Spider-Man

208

13.3%

17

Cloud Atlas

200

12.8%

18

The Raid: Redemption

182

11.7%

19

Dredd

144

9.2%

20

The Grey

144

9.2%

21

The Master

138

8.8%

22

Les Miserables

132

8.5%

23

Zero Dark Thirty

132

8.5%

24

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

126

8.1%

25

Lincoln

125

8.0%

26

The Expendables 2

116

7.4%

27

Silver Linings Playbook

113

7.2%

28

Wreck-It Ralph

112

7.2%

29

John Carter

111

7.1%

30

End of Watch

108

6.9%

31

The Intouchables

96

6.1%

32

Seven Psychopaths

93

6.0%

33

Lawless

87

5.6%

34

Brave

86

5.5%

35

Men in Black 3

85

5.4%

36

Beasts of the Southern Wild

71

4.5%

37

ParaNorman

70

4.5%

38

Killing Them Softly

66

4.2%

39

Amour

64

4.1%

40

Safety Not Guaranteed

58

3.7%

41

Pitch Perfect

55

3.5%

42

Killer Joe

52

3.3%

43

Holy Motors

51

3.3%

44

The Bourne Legacy

50

3.2%

45

The Woman in Black

50

3.2%

46

Goon

46

2.9%

47

The Dictator

46

2.9%

48

Frankenweenie

45

2.9%

49

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

45

2.9%

50

Rust and Bone

43

2.8%

51

Jack Reacher

42

2.7%

52

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

42

2.7%

53

Magic Mike

41

2.6%

54

Flight

40

2.6%

55

Snow White and the Huntsman

40

2.6%

56

Haywire

39

2.5%

57

Ice Age: Continental Drift

39

2.5%

58

Headhunters

35

2.2%

59

Rise of the Guardians

35

2.2%

60

Dark Shadows

34

2.2%

61

Ruby Sparks

34

2.2%

62

Taken 2

34

2.2%

63

Project X

33

2.1%

64

Battleship

31

2.0%

65

Safe House

31

2.0%

66

Premium Rush

27

1.7%

67

Savages

27

1.7%

68

Cosmopolis

25

1.6%

69

Seeking a Friend

24

1.5%

70

Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

24

1.5%

71

Your Sister’s Sister

24

1.5%

72

Kill List

23

1.5%

73

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

22

1.4%

74

Bernie

21

1.3%

75

Resident Evil: Retribution

21

1.3%

76

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

19

1.2%

77

Anna Karenina

18

1.2%

78

The Vow

18

1.2%

79

The Secret World of Arrietty

17

1.1%

80

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

16

1.0%

81

Lockout

16

1.0%

82

On the Road

16

1.0%

83

The Five-Year Engagement

16

1.0%

84

Rock of Ages

15

1.0%

85

Sinister

15

1.0%

86

Underworld: Awakening

15

1.0%

87

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

14

0.9%

88

Take This Waltz

14

0.9%

89

Wrath of the Titans

14

0.9%

90

Hotel Transylvania

13

0.8%

91

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

12

0.8%

92

The Campaign

12

0.8%

93

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

11

0.7%

94

This Is 40

11

0.7%

95

Hitchcock

10

0.6%

96

Sound of My Voice

10

0.6%

97

Arbitrage

9

0.6%

98

The Man with the Iron Fists

9

0.6%

99

The Deep Blue Sea

8

0.5%

100

The Kid with a Bike

8

0.5%

 

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