They say no one remembers who comes in second, but it’s safe to say that in the case of movie charts we tend to remember the Top 10 and beyond. It’s just because movies hold an everlasting fascination. When it comes to movie charts and our differing tastes, the first movie (or any other movie subject) could be just as good as the tenth. What movie charts do is that they show us what’s trending around the world. So, without further ado, let’s check out the popularity stakes in these four top movie charts.
The Internet Movie Database is the global watchlist for all movie and movie related info. The encyclopedic reference site records the best and worst of the movie industry. If you want to keep tabs on what’s playing around the world and the top box office performers, then the IMDB Charts is a must visit. The IMDb Charts reflects the most recent weekly box office results. The focus is on the U.S. box office mainly, but the charts also cover U.K. and top-grossers from worldwide markets. Top DVD rentals are also shown for the U.S.
The rankings are purely based on revenue collections. True cineastes can check out the popularity lists by genre, decade, and even gender. These ‘subjective’ lists are polled in by readers and are based on total votes.
iTunes is of course the de facto download site for everything that’s Apple. As it mentions, it is much more than just music. Movies, TV shows, and rentals form a rich part of Apple’s listings. iTunes Charts showcases the Top 100 by downloads. The ranked movies link to their individual summary page with the View in iTunes button.
Even if you don’t own an Apple product or aren’t thinking of streaming it to your device, you can just check out the list to find out what’s hot. I have often discovered movies which I missed on other lists.
Metacritic ranks by using the Metacritic Score. The Metascore is a proprietary algorithm that is based on critical feedback…and is a bit complicated. Here’s what the site says about the movie scoring process:
We carefully curate a large group of the world’s most respected critics, assign scores to their reviews, and apply a weighted average to summarize the range of their opinions. The result is a single number that captures the essence of critical opinion in one Metascore. Each movie, game, television show and album featured on Metacritic gets a Metascore when we’ve collected at least four critics’ reviews.
I wouldn’t even try to wrap my brain around that, but simply enjoy what the best of the Metacritic list has to offer. Each film (or TV show) title on Metacritic has a colored score tag next to it.
Rotten Tomatoes has its well-known Tomatometer that keeps score of the best and worst movies. Tomatometer ratings are based on aggregated reviews from a large group of certified critics, newspapers, trade publications and the like. If a movie gets at least 60% approval ratings, then it’s a good review and is shown by a fresh red tomato. A bad review is a rotten green tomato. Rotten Tomatoes also has a user community where the collective also rate and review movies. This gets pulled into the user average ratings usually shown by a bucket of popcorn and a percentage.
Movie charts sounds like quite a lot of work. But for you and me it could spell the difference between spending big bucks on a movie ticket or worse – a ruined date. So, it literally ‘pays’ to keep an eye out for the top movie charts.