"The Hunger Games" might not have been the top grossing or most acclaimed movie of the year, but it was the film that people cared about the most.
Google has released a list of its top trends for 2012, and "The Hunger Games" came out on top of the movies category. It makes sense, too: There was plenty of hype leading up to the March release of "The Hunger Games," with many positing that it could be the next "Twilight." It remains to be seen if the film series will have the same sort of staying power that "The Twilight Saga" did, but we'd argue that it has lived up to its expectations thus far.
We would have assumed that "The Avengers" would have placed higher on the list, but it actually was "Skyfall" that came in second in the top movie trends. Considering how successful that movie has been, it shouldn't come as much of a shock. Another movie that generated a lot of hype and discussion, "Prometheus," placed third on the list, and then "The Avengers" came in at number four.
The rest of the movies read off somewhat predictably -- "Magic Mike," "John Carter" -- but the seventh highest trending movie of 2012 caught us off guard. Taking that spot is "Ek Tha Tiger," an Indian action movie directed by Kabir Khan and starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. It's nice to see that this list wasn't just dominated by Hollywood blockbusters, though the films "Paranormal Activity 4," "Taken 2" and "Dark Shadows" did round it out.
The trends lists include other subjects like airlines, TV shows and images. Interestingly enough, it was two of the saddest celebrity deaths this year that led off the trending performing artists. Whitney Houston and Michael Clarke Duncan passed away in 2012, and they got a lot of Internet love after their deaths. It should come as no surprise, though, that One Direction placed third on the list, followed by Lana Del Ray at number five, Carly Rae Jepsen and number eight and LMFAO at number 10.
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