Fun with Numbers: 2012 Movie Titles



Some say I have a slight obsessive compulsive issue when it comes to films, I like to crunch the numbers on box office receipts, theatre counts, and just about any other minutiae that other people might find boring. Today I’m aiming by OCD at film titles, specifically the 725 films that were released in North America in 2012 (apologies if some are missing..I’m not Price Waterhouse).

Some of the most interesting stats are:

725 Movie titles in 2012 by the numbers:

  • 211 have the word ‘the’
  • 9 have the words ‘Man’, ‘Love’, ‘Life’ or ‘Day’
  • 8 have the word ‘War’
  • 7 have the word ‘Me’ or ‘Dark’
  • 6 have the word ‘American’ – ‘American Empire’, ‘American Reunion’, ‘Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare’, ‘Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?’, ‘The Right to Love: An American Family’, & ‘Versailles 73: American Runway Revolution’
  • 4 Have the word ‘Ice’ – ‘Chasing Ice’, ‘Ice Age 4: Continental Drift’, ‘On the Ice’, & ‘Thin Ice’
  • Longest word in a title: ‘Do-Deca-Pentathalon’, ‘Extraterrestrial’, ‘Misunderstanding’ & ‘Supercapitalist’
  • Symbol most often used: ‘&’
  • Number most often used: ‘2’

Longest movie titles of 2012:

OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive Major Depression Bipolar Asperger’s Movie
Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure
Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare
Digital Dharma: One Man’s Mission to Save a Culture
Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League’s New York

Shortest movie titles of 2012:

Average Movie Title Length: 22
Average Movie Title Word Length: 5

Conclusion: If you were to have made a movie in 2012, it would have most probably been named…

Man Love for Life & a Day 2

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