The Dark Knight Beats Out The Empire Strikes Back As Twitter's Favorite Movie

Thursday, 18 August 2016 - 9:07PM
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Thursday, 18 August 2016 - 9:07PM
The Dark Knight Beats Out The Empire Strikes Back As Twitter's Favorite Movie
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Everyone was Tweeting about their favorite 7 films (#fav7films) earlier this week, and Mashable was watching. The company did the research and came up with some statistics, and the results may (or may not) shock you. Between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET on Monday, the most mentioned movies mentioned on Twitter were the following:

1 The Dark Knight: 5,056
2 Pulp Fiction: 4,966
3 Shawshank Redemption: 4,910
4 Empire Strikes Back: 4,772
5 The Godfather* (all films): 4,604
6 Goodfellas: 3,877
7 Alien* (all films): 3,730
8 Fight Club: 3,574
9 Harry Potter* (all films): 2,757
10 Jaws*: 2,622
11 Forrest Gump*: 2,530
12 Jurassic Park*: 2,356
13 Blade Runner: 1,862
14 The Big Lebowski: 1,860
15 Rocky* (all films): 1,807

It's extremely interesting to see how many geeky movies made the list, but it's of particular interest that the one movie mentioned above all others is Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. The 2008 movie became an instant classic with Heath Ledger's phenomenal performance and a near-perfect plot, and is often considered to be the greatest comic book movie of all time.

However, the fact that it beat out the likes of Harry Potter,  Alien, and even the Empire Strikes Back is a bit surprising. Star Wars is easily one of the most popular movie franchises of all time, and Empire is a tough one to beat by any means. Yet for some reason, TDK sits at #1.

Of course, this list doesn't have any bearing on what people actually rated the movies on their list, just how many times they were mentioned in a tweet about #fav7films. Likewise, the time period used seems somewhat arbitrary. Still, this says an awful lot about the lasting influence of Nolan's film.

Another particularly interesting find is that Suicide Squad was apparently mentioned more than Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Though I personally enjoyed Suicide Squad, TFA wins that battle hands down. However, with the hashtag surfacing so close to Squad's release, it's not really surprising that the hype for the film has people abuzz about it at the moment.  

Still, with franchises like Alien, Blade Runner, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and the Dark Knight trilogy taking up spaces on the top 15 list, there's no doubt about it: geeks have the best movies.
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