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Google Trends: The Hottest Movie Searches of 2023 Revealed

Google Trends: The Hottest Movie Searches of 2023 Revealed

İrem Uğur
December 17 2023 - 08:46pm

As the digital landscape continues to shape our entertainment choices, the world of cinema is no exception to the digital revolution. Join us on a cinematic journey as we unveil the most Googled movies globally in 2023. From anticipated blockbusters to hidden gems, this blog delves into the movies that captured the attention of audiences worldwide, leaving a digital footprint that reflects the pulse of global film enthusiasts. Get ready to explore the dynamic intersection of search trends and silver screens, uncovering the stories that dominated online searches and ignited conversations throughout the cinematic landscape in 2023.

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1. Barbie

1. Barbie

Greta Gerwig's film adaptation of the iconic Mattel fashion doll, Barbie, claimed the top spot as the most globally searched movie of the year. The movie gained significant attention, particularly for its soundtrack album, reaching its pinnacle with the impressive worldwide premiere in late July 2023. The search interest for this female-centric blockbuster, featuring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling for Warner Bros., surged notably in Mexico, the U.S., and Brazil.

2. Oppenheimer

2. Oppenheimer

The global search trends in July 2023 witnessed a cinematic battle between Christopher Nolan's atomic bomb drama and the Mattel fashion doll-inspired film, playfully referred to as 'Barbenheimer' on social media. Searches for Oppenheimer, Nolan's creation, reached new heights during this period. Notably, interest peaked in Ireland, the home country of the film's lead, Cillian Murphy.

3. Jawan

3. Jawan

The action thriller 'Jawan,' led by Shah Rukh Khan, secured the third position, experiencing a surge in Google searches, particularly in India, coinciding with its early September theatrical premiere. The Hindi-language film, supported by Yash Raj Films, benefited from Shah Rukh Khan's worldwide popularity, extending far beyond India.

4. Sound of Freedom

4. Sound of Freedom

The political thriller with a faith-based theme emerged as an unexpected success at the U.S. box office in the summer, earning the fourth position in Google Trends. The peak of interest was observed in the Americas, particularly in Puerto Rico, the U.S., and Panama. Searches related to 'Sound of Freedom' extended to include inquiries about Tim Ballard, portrayed as a hero in the movie by Jim Caviezel of 'Passion of the Christ' fame.

5. John Wick: Chapter 4

5. John Wick: Chapter 4

Keanu Reeves reprising his role as John Wick and emerging victorious in the intense showdown with the villainous Marquis Vincent de Gramont propelled the Lionsgate action film to the fifth position on the Google Trends list. The search interest for this action-packed movie, filled with chaos and violence, making it perfect for a target male audience, reached its zenith in Singapore. Following closely behind were Turkey, the U.S., and El Salvador.

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6. Avatar: The Way of Water

6. Avatar: The Way of Water

The much-anticipated sequel by James Cameron experienced its highest search volumes at the start of the year, shortly after its global release in December 2022. Interest in the 3D blockbuster, featuring Zoe Saldaña, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang, reached its pinnacle in Hungary and Chile.

7. Everything Everywhere All at Once

7. Everything Everywhere All at Once

Confirmation that Google search data can offer clues about potential Oscar victors was evident when the resilient independent film from the Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) ultimately clinched the coveted Best Picture accolade at the Academy Awards. 'Everything Everywhere' also secured Oscars for Best Directing (Daniels), Best Actress (Michelle Yeoh), Best Supporting Actor (Ke Huy Quan), Best Supporting Actress (Jamie Lee Curtis), Original Screenplay (Daniels), and Editing (Paul Rogers).

8. Gadar 2

8. Gadar 2

The widespread acclaim of the action-adventure film featuring Sunny Deol was affirmed by its robust performance on the Google search engine. As expected, interest reached its zenith in India, but it also garnered significant attention in Pakistan, the filming location of the movie.

9. Creed III

9. Creed III

Queries for Michael B. Jordan's third installment reached their pinnacle as it entered the Google Trends spotlight in early March 2023, coinciding with the theatrical release of Adonis Creed and the boxing drama. However, the trend experienced a resurgence a month later when 'Creed 3' became available on Video on Demand (VOD).

10. Pathaan

10. Pathaan

The international allure of Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan was emphasized as the Indian movie 'Pathaan' secured a position in the top 10 on Google Trends. This success facilitated Yash Raj Films in achieving a global release across 100 markets, spanning North America, Japan, China, and the Gulf region.

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