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

     December 30, 2012

the dark knight rises

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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