Most Popular

Results of the 2004 Ratings Ballot

 

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.

The nature of the index tends to emphasize the percent of watchers over the rating - but then, if a film isn't seen by many people, can you really define it as popular?  In 2004, although Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind tied for 17th place for Highest Rated, it was seen by 100% of the raters, and thus was able to score a higher overall popularity than films with higher ratings but fewer viewers.

 

Rank
Film
Popularity Index
% of Voters Who Saw
Average Rating

1

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

800

100%

8.00

2

Shrek 2

743

100%

7.43

3

The Incredibles

714

86%

8.33

4

Garden State

686

86%

8.00

5

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

657

86%

7.67

5

Saved!

657

86%

7.67

7

Fahrenheit 9/11

643

71%

9.00

8

Mean Girls

614

86%

7.17

9

A Home at the End of the World

586

71%

8.20

9

Spider-Man 2

586

71%

8.20

11

Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut

529

57%

9.25

11

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

529

71%

7.40

13

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

514

71%

7.20

13

Million Dollar Baby

514

57%

9.00

15

The Door in the Floor

486

57%

8.50

16

Closer

471

57%

8.25

16

Shaun of the Dead

471

57%

8.25

18

The Grudge

457

71%

6.40

18

I Heart Huckabees

457

71%

6.40

18

The Manchurian Candidate

457

71%

6.40

21

Sideways

443

57%

7.75

21

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!

443

86%

5.17

23

The Dreamers

429

57%

7.50

23

Troy

429

71%

6.00

25

Hellboy

414

71%

5.80

25

Hotel Rwanda

414

43%

9.67

27

The Day After Tomorrow

400

86%

4.67

27

Eurotrip

400

71%

5.60

27

Finding Neverland

400

43%

9.33

27

Kill Bill Vol. 2

400

57%

7.00

31

The Aviator

371

43%

8.67

31

Ella Enchanted

371

57%

6.50

31

Mean Creek

371

43%

8.67

31

Ray

371

43%

8.67

35

The Bourne Supremacy

357

57%

6.25

35

De-Lovely

357

57%

6.25

35

The Forgotten

357

57%

6.25

38

Shark Tale

329

57%

5.75

38

Touch of Pink

329

43%

7.67

40

DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story

314

57%

5.50

40

Meet the Fockers

314

43%

7.33

40

Ned Kelly

314

57%

5.50

40

The Village

314

43%

7.33

44

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

300

43%

7.00

44

Latter Days

300

43%

7.00

46

50 First Dates

286

57%

5.00

46

The Ladykillers

286

43%

6.67

46

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

286

43%

6.67

46

Super Size Me

286

43%

6.67

46

Touching the Void

286

29%

10.00

51

Connie and Carla

271

57%

4.75

51

Eating Out

271

43%

6.33

51

The Stepford Wives

271

71%

3.80

51

The Terminal

271

43%

6.33

55

Grande Ecole

257

43%

6.00

55

House of Flying Daggers

257

29%

9.00

57

13 Going on 30

243

43%

5.67

57

King Arthur

243

43%

5.67

57

The Phantom of the Opera

243

43%

5.67

60

Alfie

229

43%

5.33

60

Collateral

229

29%

8.00

60

I, Robot

229

43%

5.33

60

Vera Drake

229

29%

8.00

64

After the Sunset

214

29%

7.50

64

Love Me If You Dare

214

29%

7.50

64

Napoleon Dynamite

214

29%

7.50

64

National Treasure

214

43%

5.00

64

The Notebook

214

29%

7.50

64

Secret Window

214

29%

7.50

64

Stage Beauty

214

29%

7.50

64

Straight-Jacket

214

29%

7.50

72

Bad Education

200

29%

7.00

72

HellBent

200

29%

7.00

72

Team America: World Police

200

29%

7.00

75

Along Came Polly

186

43%

4.33

75

Cellular

186

29%

6.50

75

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

186

43%

4.33

75

Starsky & Hutch

186

43%

4.33

75

Testosterone

186

29%

6.50

75

Trekkies 2

186

29%

6.50

75

Van Helsing

186

57%

3.25

75

Welcome to Mooseport

186

29%

6.50

75

Wimbledon

186

29%

6.50

85

Alexander

171

29%

6.00

85

Alien vs. Predator

171

29%

6.00

85

Around the World in 80 Days

171

43%

4.00

87

A Cinderella Story

157

29%

5.50

87

Coffee and Cigarettes

157

29%

5.50

87

Saw

157

29%

5.50

87

Sugar

157

29%

5.50

87

Without a Paddle

157

29%

5.50

92

Before Sunset

143

14%

10.00

92

The Butterfly Effect

143

29%

5.00

92

The Chronicles of Riddick

143

29%

5.00

92

Dogville

143

14%

10.00

92

The Story of Weeping Camel

143

14%

10.00

97

Dawn of the Dead

129

29%

4.50

97

Hero

129

14%

9.00

97

Shaolin Soccer

129

14%

9.00

100

Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer

114

14%

8.00

100

Being Julia

114

14%

8.00

100

Blade: Trinity

114

14%

8.00

100

A Dirty Shame

114

14%

8.00

100

Good Bye Lenin!

114

14%

8.00

100

Kinsey

114

14%

8.00

100

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

114

14%

8.00

100

Man on Fire

114

14%

8.00

100

A Very Long Engagement

114

14%

8.00

100

The Woodsman

114

14%

8.00

110

Adored: Diary of a Porn Star

100

14%

7.00

110

Intermission

100

14%

7.00

110

The Last Shot

100

14%

7.00

110

Laws of Attraction

100

14%

7.00

110

Little Black Book

100

14%

7.00

110

Maria Full of Grace

100

14%

7.00

110

Ocean's Twelve

100

14%

7.00

110

P.S.

100

14%

7.00

110

The Punisher

100

14%

7.00

110

Spanglish

100

14%

7.00

110

Taking Lives

100

14%

7.00

110

The United States of Leland

100

14%

7.00

110

Wicker Park

100

14%

7.00

124

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

86

14%

6.00

124

Catwoman

86

14%

6.00

124

The Clearing

86

14%

6.00

124

Friday Night Lights

86

14%

6.00

124

Games People Play: New York

86

14%

6.00

124

The Girl Next Door

86

14%

6.00

124

The Prince & Me

86

14%

6.00

124

Raising Helen

86

14%

6.00

124

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

86

14%

6.00

124

Twist

86

14%

6.00

124

Vanity Fair

86

14%

6.00

134

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

71

14%

5.00

134

First Daughter

71

14%

5.00

134

The Flight of the Phoenix

71

14%

5.00

134

Jersey Girl

71

14%

5.00

134

The Princess Diaries 2

71

14%

5.00

139

A Day Without a Mexican

57

14%

4.00

139

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

57

14%

4.00

139

Exorcist: The Beginning

57

14%

4.00

139

Garfield: The Movie

57

14%

4.00

139

Hidalgo

57

14%

4.00

139

Open Water

57

14%

4.00

139

Sleepover

57

14%

4.00

139

Young Adam

57

14%

4.00

147

The Whole Ten Yards

43

14%

3.00

148

Stephen King's Riding the Bullet

29

14%

2.00

 
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