Social media has become a fundamental aspect in determining the films that define a given year. For better or for worse, the movies that get talked about tend to seem indicative to a year's overall tone. Of course, 2016 is no different. With this madhouse of a year coming to a close, we've officially learned the top ten trending films on Twitter in 2016. They are:
#StarWars (Star Wars)
#SuicideSquad (Suicide Squad)
#HarryPotter (Harry Potter)
#Batmanvsuperman (Batman vs Superman)
#CaptainAmericaCivilWar (Captain America Civil War)
#FindingDory (Finding Dory)
#TheRevenant (The Revenant)
Generally speaking, we shouldn't' necessarily be too surprised when it comes to these films. Major franchise tent poles tend to garner quite a bit of traction on social media, so it's far from shocking that installments in the Star Wars, Marvel, and DC universes all trended well this year. It's also not surprising that Star Wars has taken the top spot, as the franchise from a galaxy far, far away came in to 2016 white hot following the December 2015 release of The Force Awakens, and definitely sustained that momentum leading up to this month's release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Star Wars hype has basically become a perpetual motion machine at this point, and we expect that to continue.
Following Star Wars, it's almost entirely a franchise game. We go down the line from Suicide Squad, to Deadpool, to Harry Potter (because of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them), to Dawn of Justice, to Civil War, to Finding Dory, until we finally get to The Revenant. Considering the fact that Alejandro Iñárritu's intense period piece allowed Leonardo DiCaprio to finally earn his first Oscar this year, its popularity also makes plenty of sense. Coming in behind The Revenant is Disney's socially relevant animated film, Zootopia, and Paul Feig's controversial Ghostbusters reboot brings up the rear at the number ten spot.
It's obviously worth noting that "trending" isn't necessarily synonymous with "popular." Sure, movies like Deadpool, Civil War, and Finding Dory all became smash hits with critics and audiences alike, but movies like Suicide Squad, Dawn of Justice, and Ghostbusters all received thorough lashings online. A surge in online chatter regarding a specific movie does not always mean that the things being said are positive; it just means that people are talking.
Even with all of the franchise films present on this list, it's become increasingly obvious that 2016 hasn't really become defined by any single style of film. Sure, superheroes and well-known series reigned supreme, but Twitter's top ten films of the year are still an eclectic bunch. CinemaBlend will bring you any and all relevant details related to 2016's biggest movies as more information becomes available, and we cannot wait to see what Hollywood has in store for 2017.