It’s “Star Wars” Day, so let’s get this out of the way: ‘May the 4th (Be with You)’. To mark this so-called “occasion”, a website posted a list of the most popular “Star Wars” movies in every state, using search data from Google Trends over the past year.
Here are the results:
1. “The Empire Strikes Back” was #1 in 20 states, which was the most.
2. Somewhat surprisingly, “The Phantom Menace” was the next most popular, with 11 states. But maybe they weren’t searching for it because they LOVE it. Is ‘hate-Googling’ a thing?
3. “Revenge of the Sith” took five states. We’re only three in, and the prequels are very well represented.
4. The original movie “A New Hope” was the most popular in four states.
5. “The Last Jedi” and “Attack of the Clones” were TIED . . . both with three states.
6. “Return of the Jedi” was the most popular in two states . . . Wyoming and Missouri.
7. And “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One” were only #1 in ONE state apiece. “The Force Awakens” is big in Illinois, while “Rogue One” is #1 in Alaska.
(We’re assuming the system was smart enough to separate any “Rogue” searches connected with Alaska superstar Sarah Palin.)
(That said, they created a color-coded map showing each state’s preference, and for some reason, Michigan is split by Lake Michigan. According to the colors, “The Last Jedi” is big in the ‘palm’ part of Michigan, while the upper, ‘fingers’ part went with “The Phantom Menace”.)
(But I think the upper part is a mistake, because when they list each state’s selection in a chart below, they make no mention of Michigan being split, and just say “The Last Jedi” was the most popular there.) (Reviews.org)