The Most Popular Summer Blockbuster Movies in Social Media

Alterian recently released some data on the most popular summer blockbusters in social media, focusing specifically on movies with May and June release dates.

According to their data Fast Five and Thor are far and away the most popular summer movies with each getting 38%+ of social media activity among the selected group of films:

Most popular summer blockbuster movies in social media

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Share of social media activity:

  1. Fast Five 38.46%
  2. Thor 38.05%
  3. Green Lantern 9%
  4. X:Men: First Class 4%
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides 2.7%
  6. The Hangover: Part II 2.26%
  7. Super 8 2.25%
  8. Cars 2 1.7%
  9. Kung Fu Panda 2 1.5%

Apparently much of the discussion of Fast Five was generated by Vin Diesel’s Facebook page, showing the value of star power and a loyal fan base in any endeavor. The Vin Diesel Facebook page has more than 24,000,000 likes.

At the other end of the spectrum, in Alterian’s sentiment analysis two summer movies had more negative opinions than positive: Green Lantern and The Hangover Part II.

Green Lantern
Green Lantern social media sentiment analysis

The Hangover Part II
Hangover 2 social media sentiment analysis

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It will be interesting to see if early negative reactions translate into poor performance at the box office.

Does the Alterian data match what is available through some of the free tools out there?

Here is the Social Mention data for Fast Five, Thor, Green Lantern and Hangover 2:

Social Mention summer blockbusters

Social Mention’s strength and reach scores are fairly similar for all four films so there is not much separation for Fast Give and Thor in its data. In terms of sentiment analysis, Green Lantern actually has the best ratio of positive mentions (8:1) in its dataset.

Specific to Twitter, Topsy Analytics shows that Fast Five’s highest peak in the past month was greater than Thor’s but both films have pulled in a lot of mentions, and both are significantly outpacing Green Lantern:

Topsy Analytics summer movies

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Hangover 2 was omitted because a maximum of three terms can be compared with the Topsy tool.


  1. says

    Hi Adam,

    Thanks for citing Alterian’s research in your blog post! We are actually going to be analyzing the movies all summer and releasing the results during 3 webinars. I’m very excited about this analysis (I’m a sucker for a good Superhero movie). Our first analysis included May and June releases.

    In July, we’ll recap the post-release results for May and June and introduce the July/August movies. Hope you can join us:

    In September we are planning on releasing all of the results and comparing the social data against the box office results to see what correlations we find.

    Good geeky fun on so many levels…. 😉

    – Elyse DeVries
    Marketing Specialist, Alterian Social Media Solutions

  2. says

    Thanks for the additional information Elyse, it sounds like a fun project. It will be interesting to see how the social media data correlates with box office results.

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