YouTube Goes to the Movies

The Oscars are just days away—which means movie fans are locking in their predictions, nominees are putting the finishing touches on their red-carpet looks, and we’re ready to name the most popular movie trailer on YouTube.

May we have the envelope, please...

Our special-edition YouTube Movie Trailers Leaderboard ranks the top performing Best Picture nominee trailers, including both studio channels and popular aggregators. This year, the nine trailers are all blockbusters, racking up 3M hours of watch time.1 That’s the equivalent of about 25M viewings of the Oscar-nominated animated short, “Borrowed Time.”

The most popular trailer came right down to the wire. And the winner is … “La La Land,” which took home the #1 spot on our Leaderboard, followed closely by “Arrival” and “Hacksaw Ridge.”1 Head over to Think with Google to see how the other Best Picture nominees fared.

The movie space on YouTube

While the best picture nominees span a variety of genres, superhero trailers are the most viewed according to new research on the movie space on YouTube from third party researcher Pixability. Superhero trailers have the highest average number of views per video,2 and Superhero, Animated, and Science Fiction trailers make up 74 of the top 100 most viewed trailers.2

Pixability also found that while trailers are the most popular type of movie content on YouTube,2 songs (both official clips and covers by fans) are actually the most engaging type of movie content.3 Movie musicals like “La La Land” are certainly having their day in the sun—and YouTube viewers are singing right along.

Case in point: “La La Land” is running away with the competition for YouTube views among the nominees for Best Original Score, with over 1 billion views of its music, both in clips the movie or covers by fans.4

Before the winner is crowned on Sunday, pop some popcorn and don’t forget to take a spin through all the top Best Picture trailers over at Think with Google APAC’s YouTube Leaderboards.

To view the full special-edition YouTube Movie Trailers Leaderboard, please click here.


FAQS

How is the YouTube Movie Trailers Leaderboard list determined?

The YouTube Movie Trailers Leaderboard includes views on videos from some of the most popular trailer aggregators as part of our count. As always, trailers are determined by an algorithm that factors in paid views, organic views, and audience retention (how much of a video people watched). To be eligible, trailers must be for movies nominated for Best Picture. Ranked in order of views including studio channels and some of the most popular trailer aggregators, counting global lifetime views until 2/13/2017.

Why isn’t [X] movie trailer on the leaderboard, when it clearly has more views than some of the other entries?

Trailers are determined by an algorithm that factors including audience engagement (watch time, likes, shares), video views, and audience retention (how much of a video people watched). For movies with more than 1 trailer, we counted the most popular trailer (including studio and some of the most popular aggregators). We are displaying the most popular trailers on the site, but we counted studio + popular aggregate channel views in our final tally to decide the ranking.

Is the YouTube Movie Trailers Leaderboard a global list?

Yes, the YouTube Movie Trailers Leaderboard includes the top trailers of the year around the world, with global views until Feb. 13, 2017.

Sources

  1. The YouTube Movie Trailers Leaderboard includes views on videos from some of the most popular trailer aggregators as part of our count. Ranking is determined by an algorithm that factors in paid views, organic views, and audience retention (how much of a video people watched) through 2/13/17. Trailers must be for movies nominated for Best Picture and included the top performing trailer for each nominee. YouTube global data, 1/1/16-2/13/17.
  2. Pixability, “Movies on YouTube,” February 2017. “Most popular” is based on number of videos and views.
  3. Pixability, “Movies on YouTube,” February 2017. “Most engaging” is based on total likes, comments, and shares. Songs refers to music and lyric videos of either full movie soundtracks or songs attributed to a top movie.
  4. YouTube data, 1/1/16–2/1/17.

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