Thoughts from an Emperor

Popularity of the Star Wars movies, according to twitter

Six days ago @lordpalpatine startet a project on twitter. The goal was to decide which Star Wars movies are most/least popular among the fans.

More information about the whole process later, here are the results:


6. Episode II: Attack of the Clones



5. Episode I: The Phantom Menace



4. Episode III: Revenge of the Sith


Note: it took Episode III 40 minutes to get more retweets than episodes I and II got in 24 hours.



3. Episode IV: A New Hope


Note: It took Episode IV seven hours to get more retweets than Episode III did in 24.



2. Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi


Note: It took Episode VI four hours to get more retweets than Episode III got in 24 hours



1. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back


Note: It took Episode V 16 minutes to get more retweets than Episode II got in 24 hours.
It took Episode V a little less than two hours to get more retweets than Episode IV got in 24 hours.



Some information:

Every tweet was given 24 hours, give or take a few minutes, before the screenshot is taken. I didn’t tweet anything else for approximately 16 hours on that account.
I chose to tweet around 23:20 (11:20 PM) Central European Time, to maximize the audience worldwide. I mention the official @starwars account in every tweet, hoping they would retweet and thereby increase the audience significantly (they didn’t).

The screenshots are taken on favstar.fm, a website which tracks your received retweets and favorites better than twitter itself does. Although it’s not 100% accurate, it’s far better than twitter’s own solution, which stops counting at 50.

No big surprises in the result, although I personally expected Return of the Jedi to be below A New Hope. Considering twitter has users of all ages, I was interested in seeing how the individual movies would do against each other, and how the prequel trilogy would do against the original trilogy.

A big thanks to everyone who participated!

- @offdutyemperor


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