Johnny Depp Remains Atop IMDb.com's STARmeter for the Fifth Consecutive Year; Close Behind are the Dark Knight, the Joker and Brangelina to Round Out the Top Five
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 10, 2008--IMDb.com. Inc. (www.imdb.com),
the authoritative source of information on movies, TV and celebrities,
and a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), today unveiled the
top 25 stars of 2008 as determined by the site's STARmeter, a tool that
ranks celebrities' popularity among IMDb.com's more than 57 million
unique monthly visitors. Five is Johnny Depp's lucky number as the
soft-spoken actor placed first in fan interest for the fifth year in a
row. Depp is followed closely by the stars of the year's biggest movie,
"The Dark Knight" - Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger. Rounding
out the top 5 is the ubiquitous power couple of Brad Pitt and Angelina
Conspicuously absent from the list this year is Lindsay Lohan, who
dropped from No. 8 in 2007 to No. 40, quite a feat considering the
amount of press that the "Freaky Friday" star received this past year.
Other notable drops in ranking include:
Hayden Panettiere (last year 3, this year 23): In this year's
poorly received "Heroes" season Claire the cheerleader lost her
invulnerable powers, as did the person playing her.
Katherine Heigl (last year 18, this year 56): Heigl snubbed the
Emmys and was snubbed by users, even though she had a modest hit with
"27 Dresses" earlier in the year.
Daniel Radcliffe (last year 17, this year 41): Radcliffe moved
to the boards of Broadway and a full-monty role in "Equus" while the
"Half-Blood Prince" moved to July of '09.
Emma Watson (last year 22, this year 42): Better known for
portraying Hermione Granger, Watson's vocal work as the voice of
Princess Pea in the holiday film "The Tales of Desperaux" wasn't
enough to crack the Top 25.
Of course, for the last two, had "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood
Prince" arrived in theaters as planned before Thanksgiving, things
likely would be different. Look for both young actors to be back with a
vengeance in 2009.
Replacing these fallen stars on the top 25 list was a gaggle of
newcomers to the STARmeter list, led by the casts of "Transformers" and
"Twilight." These teen idols are sure to stay on the radar in the next
At No. 6 is Shia LaBeouf, propelled both by the popularity of
the 2007 hit "Transformers" and his roles this year in "Indiana Jones
and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and "Eagle Eye" (not to mention
a little car accident and nearly severed digit).
His co-star Megan Fox is close behind at No. 7 which can be
credited to her role in last year's (and next year's) "Transformers."
Her only role this year, in "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People,"
probably didn't do much to help.
"Twilight's" Kristen Stewart pined her way to No. 8 on
the strength of the tween vampire phenomenon.
Miley Cyrus had a "Breakout" album - pun intended - and a
risque "Vanity Fair" photo shoot to thank for being at No. 12.
"Juno's" Ellen Page hamburger phoned her way up to No.
Paris Hilton, a former staple of previous STARmeter charts, was absent
this year, while "Twilight" star, Robert Pattinson, leapt from recent
relative obscurity to No. 33.
"The STARmeter list is a true gauge of what's hot in pop culture based
on actual user interest and visits to a star's page," said Keith
Simanton, managing editor, IMDb.com. "Sometimes it's able to indicate
trends so far ahead of the curve it surprises even us. For example in
late November 2005, we couldn't figure out why the young actor that
played Cedric Diggory, a minor role in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of
Fire' showed up in the top 10 of our STARmeter charts. STARmeter
couldn't have known that Robert Pattinson, now the 'Twilight'
heartthrob, would soon be a sensation, but it registered something that
may otherwise be imperceptible: genuine user interest - a kind of
Below is a full list of the year's Top 25 celebrities as well as the Top
20 Under 25. For more details on this year's A-listers visit www.imdb.com/starmeter.
A more movie-centric list can be found at www.imdb.com/moviemeter.
STARmeter Top 25 for 2008: STARmeter Top 20 Under 25:
1. Johnny Depp 1. Shia LaBeouf
2. Christian Bale 2. Megan Fox
3. Heath Ledger 3. Kristen Stewart
4. Brad Pitt 4. Miley Cyrus
5. Angelina Jolie 5. Zac Efron
6. Shia LaBeouf 6. Scarlett Johansson
7. Megan Fox 7. Ellen Page
8. Kristen Stewart 8. Keira Knightley
9. Will Smith 9. Hayden Panettiere
10. Gerard Butler 10. Mila Kunis
11. Tom Cruise 11. Robert Pattinson
12. Miley Cyrus 12. Blake Lively
13. Jessica Alba 13. Lindsay Lohan
14. Zac Efron 14. Daniel Radcliffe
15. Leonardo DiCaprio 15. Emma Watson
16. Scarlett Johansson 16. Michael Cera
17. Ellen Page 17. Vanessa Hudgens
18. James McAvoy 18. Emile Hirsch
19. Keira Knightley 19. Ashley Tisdale
20. Mark Wahlberg 20. Amanda Bynes
21. Natalie Portman
22. Edward Norton
23. Hayden Panettiere
24. Jason Statham
25. Ryan Reynolds
Available through IMDbPro.com (www.imdbpro.com),
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popularity based on the actual search behavior of the more than 57
million industry professionals and film enthusiasts who use IMDb.com
each month. The STARmeter does not reflect box-office performance or
critical assessments. The list of the year's top 25 celebrities is an
aggregate of the 2008 weekly STARmeter(TM) rankings.
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