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Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood December 20, 2012 at 1:13PM

Google reports that the most viewed trailer of the year was from a video game: Activision's "Call of Duty Black Ops 2." On the movie side, the most viewed movie trailer was Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises." Seth MacFarlane's "Ted," "Hunger Games," and "Skyfall" were also in the mix. Only one television show was a factor: NBC and J.J. Abrams' "Revolution." YouTube calculated both number of views, the length of time people watched the clip, and how many people sought out the clip (searching rather than clicking on an ad). Here's their Top Ten:
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Google reports that the most viewed trailer of the year was from a video game: Activision's "Call of Duty Black Ops 2." On the movie side, the most viewed movie trailer was Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises."  Seth MacFarlane's "Ted," "Hunger Games," and "Skyfall" were also in the mix.  Only one television show was a factor: NBC and J.J. Abrams' "Revolution."

YouTube calculated both number of views, the length of time people watched the clip, and how many people sought out the clip (searching rather than clicking on an ad).  Here's their Top Ten:

1. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 – Activision “Surprise – Official Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Live-Action Trailer”
2. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 – Activision ”Reveal Trailer – Official Call of Duty: Black Ops 2”
3. The Dark Knight Rises – Warner Brothers Pictures “The Dark Knight Rises – Official Trailer #3”
4. Skyfall – Sony Pictures “SKYFALL – Official Trailer”
5. Ted – Universal Pictures “Ted – Trailer”
6. Hunger Games – Lionsgate “The Hunger Games Theatrical Trailer #2”
7. Revolution – NBC “Revolution – Trailer”
8. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 – Activision ”Multiplayer Reveal Trailer – Official Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Video”
9. Skyfall – Sony Pictures “SKYFALL – Official Teaser Trailer”
10. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 – Activision “Launch Trailer – Official Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Video“
 

This article is related to: The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, Skyfall, The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.