Apple just revealed its rankings of this year’s most-requested entertainment across its media platforms, and — no surprise here — it’s a list that’s dominated by sci-fi, fantasy, and animated content.
Per Variety's early report, Moana, Disney’s coming-of-age animated musical, claimed the top spot among movies most often downloaded on iTunes, with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coming in second. The third spot went to DC’s Wonder Woman.
The rest of Apple’s top 20 movies list is similarly peppered with genre content, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, Beauty and the Beast, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Logan — among several others.
On the TV side, HBO’s Game of Thrones clocked in at No. 1, followed in second place by AMC’s The Walking Dead. CBS’ The Big Bang Theory rounded out the top three on a list that also includes The Americans, Sherlock, Doctor Who, and The Flash.
Apple’s list appears to conform to the current pop culture zeitgeist’s conventional wisdom. On the film and television side, Apple’s ratings look a whole lot like the year-end highlight reel that Twitter released just a few days earlier.
Twitter’s ranking of the most-tweeted entertainment topics for 2017 had Wonder Woman in the top movie spot, with Spider-Man: Homecoming also making the cut. Game of Thrones likewise finished atop Twitter’s most-tweeted list for television programming, with The Walking Dead also making an appearance.
Of course, some pop culture phenomena don’t show up on Apple’s list, since iTunes doesn’t carry a handful of hot proprietary items (the most conspicuous being Netflix’s Stranger Things). But whether it’s on social media or over at iTunes, the pattern is clear: Genre content has never been bigger in the world of multimedia entertainment. And with all the major new releases hitting at the end of the year and into early 2018, it’s hard to see that trend slowing anytime soon.