10 Top-Searched Movies on Yahoo! in 2012

FILE - In this image released by Lionsgate, Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games." Lionsgate announced Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, that "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" filmmaker Francis Lawrence would also direct "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One" and "Part Two." (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close, File)

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Did 2012 deliver for movie fans? One good way to measure is to stack up movies' buzz -- in this case, the number of Searches on Yahoo!, visited by a half a billion people each month, during each film's debut month -- against its critical reviews and box-office receipts. One thing to note: Hollywood-hyped titles like "John Carter" and "Battleship" weren't fooling audiences; they knew to save their online energy for bigger things. -- By Vera Chan, Yahoo!

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