More than a quarter of the top 10 digital movies of 2016, including many of the best-reviewed ones, are slated to debut this year, according to a new report.
The report, which includes data from data-tracking company FilmOn, found that the top ten digital movie titles were: a) A Wrinkle in Time, b) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, c) Doctor Strange, d) Sicario, e) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, f) American Hustle, g) Gravity, h) Halloween, i) Pulp Fiction, j) Suicide Squad, k) Spotlight, l) Star Wars: The Force Awakens, m) Captain America: Civil War, n) Fifty Shades of Grey, o) Wonder Woman, p) Avatar, q) Warcraft.
The list was compiled by FilmOn’s data partner Cinemapedia, which aggregates film releases for multiple platforms.
(Read: A Wrinkle In Time was the highest-grossing movie of 2016.)
In 2016, FilmOn found that over 25 percent of the most-watched movies of the year were released this year on a digital platform, while 22 percent were made on film.
Digital cinema production is booming.
Over the last decade, the number of digital-first releases has more than tripled, with the average number of titles launching per month more than doubling, to over 30,000 titles per month, the company found.
The data also shows that there’s a strong appetite for digital cinema production.
The top five digital-only films of 2016 were: A Wrangle, The Girl on the Train, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, Minions.
These are the films that were released on Digital-first platforms, which include YouTube, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and Apple Video.
It’s important to note that these numbers only include digital titles.
For example, the most popular film on Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant is still Captain Fantastic, which was made on video and released on video, but was not considered a digital release.
(It is still available for streaming on Amazon Instant.)
Digital cinema productions are also finding more mainstream appeal.
Last year, the top five films that debuted on film were The Lego Batman Movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
(All were released online.)
The most-popular films of the last 10 years on film, according the data, were Guardian of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain Marvel, Cinderella, Doctor Who, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Riddick: Escape from Castle Black, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Wonder Boy and the Fate of Atlantis, War for the Planet of the Apes, Witchfinder’s Crystal, Wolf Girl and the Huntsman: Winter’s War, and The Blacklist.