Most Popular Films of 2003

Fourth Annual Cosmique Movie Awards

 

Each year, Cosmo voters are asked to fill out a separate Ratings Ballot to measure the popularity of each film, including those that did not receive nominations in any categories. This ballot is used to issue awards in three additional categories: Most Watched, Highest Rated, and Most Popular. It should be noted, however, that not every voter completes their Ratings Ballot, and as a result, it may seem that a film may receive category nominations even if the results of the Rating Ballot imply that no one actually saw it. In these situations, the voters who nominated it very likely did not complete their Ratings Ballot.

The most important ratings award at the Cosmos is Most Popular - a category that attempts to measure both the breadth and depth of support for a given film. In previous years, we did this by simply creating a sum total of each film's ratings. This created a handy mechanism to compare films rated in the same year, but the Board of Governors later realized that it would be impossible to compare films from different years if the number of voters varied. To compensate, they created a logarithmic scale based on the percent of voters that rated a given film rather than the number of voters. The scale ranges from zero to one thousand. For a film to receive a score of a thousand, it would need to have been seen by 100% of the voters submitting their ratings ballot, and would have need to achieve a perfect score of 10 from each person. On this scale, if one film was seen by 100% of the voters and received an average score of 5.0, and another film was seen by 50% of the voters and received a perfect 10.0 average, both would receive identical Weighted Index scores of 500 and would be considered to be equally popular.

In theory, three different films could win each category: Most Watched, Highest Rated, and Most Popular. But this year, everyone flocked to see The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and everyone who rated it loved it. By winning both Most Watched and Highest Rated, its victory for Most Popular was absolutely assured.

Most Popular
Film
Weighted Rank
Average Rating
% of Voters Who Saw

1

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

917

9.17

100%

2

Finding Nemo

608

8.11

75%

3

Lost in Translation

583

8.75

67%

4

28 Days Later

525

7.88

67%

4

X2: X-Men United

525

7.88

67%

6

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

517

7.75

67%

7

Big Fish

475

8.14

58%

8

Kill Bill, Volume 1

467

7.00

67%

9

Whale Rider

450

7.71

58%

10

Monster

442

7.57

58%

11

Camp

400

8.00

50%

12

Love Actually

392

7.83

50%

12

Seabiscuit

392

6.71

58%

14

Cold Mountain

383

7.67

50%

15

Old School

375

6.43

58%

16

Down With Love

350

8.40

42%

16

The Recruit

350

6.00

58%

16

Spellbound

350

8.40

42%

19

In America

342

8.20

42%

20

Identity

325

6.50

50%

20

The Italian Job

325

6.50

50%

20

Mystic River

325

6.50

50%

23

The Cooler

317

7.60

42%

23

Phone Booth

317

6.33

50%

25

Daredevil

292

5.00

58%

25

The Station Agent

292

8.75

33%

27

The Last Samurai

283

6.80

42%

28

Girl with a Pearl Earring

275

6.60

42%

28

The Hulk

275

5.50

50%

30

Underworld

258

6.20

42%

31

Holes

258

7.75

33%

31

Laurel Canyon

258

7.75

33%

31

A Mighty Wind

258

7.75

33%

34

Bend It Like Beckham

250

7.50

33%

34

Die, Mommie, Die!

250

7.50

33%

34

The Matrix: Reloaded

250

4.29

58%

34

Under the Tuscan Sun

250

6.00

42%

38

The Matrix: Revolutions

242

4.83

50%

39

Bringing Down the House

233

5.60

42%

39

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

233

5.60

42%

39

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

233

5.60

42%

42

Bruce Almighty

225

5.40

42%

42

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

225

5.40

42%

42

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde

225

5.40

42%

45

The Battle of Shaker Heights

217

6.50

33%

46

The Guru

208

6.25

33%

46

Raising Victor Vargas

208

8.33

25%

46

Shattered Glass

208

8.33

25%

49

Pieces of April

200

8.00

25%

50

Wonderland

192

5.75

33%

51

American Wedding

183

5.50

33%

51

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

183

5.50

33%

51

Mona Lisa Smile

183

5.50

33%

51

Swimming Pool

183

7.33

25%

55

21 Grams

175

7.00

25%

55

Bad Santa

175

7.00

25%

55

Secondhand Lions

175

7.00

25%

58

Intolerable Cruelty

167

5.00

33%

58

The School of Rock

167

6.67

25%

60

American Splendor

158

9.50

17%

60

The Life of David Gale

158

6.33

25%

60

Paycheck

158

6.33

25%

60

Spun

158

6.33

25%

60

View from the Top

158

6.33

25%

60

Winged Migration

158

6.33

25%

66

Capturing the Friedmans

150

9.00

17%

66

The Hebrew Hammer

150

6.00

25%

66

Shanghai Knights

150

6.00

25%

69

Dirty Pretty Things

142

8.50

17%

69

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

142

4.25

33%

69

Thirteen

142

8.50

17%

72

City of God

133

8.00

17%

72

Elephant

133

8.00

17%

72

House of Sand and Fog

133

8.00

17%

72

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

133

8.00

17%

72

Something's Gotta Give

133

8.00

17%

77

The Core

125

5.00

25%

77

The Magdalene Sisters

125

7.50

17%

79

Calendar Girls

117

7.00

17%

79

Darkness Falls

117

7.00

17%

79

Elf

117

7.00

17%

79

Freaky Friday

117

7.00

17%

79

Gothika

117

7.00

17%

79

Owning Mahowny

117

7.00

17%

79

Party Monster

117

7.00

17%

86

The Triplets of Belleville

108

6.50

17%

86

Uptown Girls

108

6.50

17%

88

Anything Else

100

6.00

17%

89

Anger Management

92

3.67

25%

89

Lara Croft Tomb Raider 2

92

5.50

17%

89

Le Divorce

92

5.50

17%

89

Peter Pan

92

5.50

17%

89

Timeline

92

3.67

25%

94

The Barbarian Invasions

83

10.00

8%

94

Dreamcatcher

83

5.00

17%

94

Freddy vs. Jason

83

5.00

17%

94

A Guy Thing

83

5.00

17%

94

Mambo Italiano

83

5.00

17%

94

Nowhere in Africa

83

10.00

8%

100

My Architect

75

9.00

8%

100

The Shape of Things

75

9.00

8%

100

Spider

75

9.00

8%

103

Final Destination 2

67

4.00

17%

103

Gigli

67

8.00

8%

103

Lost in La Mancha

67

8.00

8%

103

Matchstick Men

67

8.00

8%

103

Piglet's Big Movie

67

4.00

17%

103

Veronica Guerin

67

8.00

8%

109

Blue Car

58

7.00

8%

109

Brother Bear

58

7.00

8%

109

The Company

58

7.00

8%

109

The Missing

58

7.00

8%

109

The Safety of Objects

58

7.00

8%

109

What a Girl Wants

58

7.00

8%

115

Beyond Borders

50

6.00

8%

115

Chasing Papi

50

6.00

8%

115

Looney Tunes: Back in Action

50

6.00

8%

115

Rugrats Go Wild

50

6.00

8%

115

Runaway Jury

50

6.00

8%

120

Alex and Emma

42

5.00

8%

120

Bulletproof Monk

42

5.00

8%

120

The Cremaster Cycle

42

5.00

8%

120

Hollywood Homicide

42

5.00

8%

120

Scary Movie 3

42

5.00

8%

125

The Human Stain

33

4.00

8%

125

Just Married

33

4.00

8%

125

The Real Cancun

33

4.00

8%

125

Spy Kids 3D: Game Over

33

4.00

8%

129

The Fighting Temptations

25

3.00

8%

129

From Justin to Kelly

25

1.50

17%

129

The Haunted Mansion

25

3.00

8%

129

The Order

25

1.50

17%

133

The Singing Detective

17

2.00

8%

134

2 Fast 2 Furious

8

1.00

8%

134

Boat Trip

8

1.00

8%

134

Gerry

8

1.00

8%

134 Kangaroo Jack 8 1.00 8%



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