“Star Wars” proved to be a force on Google.
According to new data released by Google Labs, more than 155 million Star Wars-related queries from Google search, Google New and YouTube were made in December, making “Star Wars” the most searched term of 2016.
The J.J. Abrams sequel “Star Wars: The Force Awakes” —the seventh in the franchise—debuted Dec. 18 to record-breaking crowds. The story about a galaxy, far, far away didn’t just triumph at the box office—it conquered cyberspace too.
the question netizens wanted to know most was: “What order should I watch ‘Star Wars’?” For the record, George Lucas—who helmed the first “Star Wars,” released in 1977, and its subsequent sequels and prequels (not counting Abrams’ 2015, obviously)—says the series should be viewed within the chronology of its universe, not by release date.
“Start with one,” Lucas recommends, “That’s the way to do it right: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. That’s the way they’re supposed to be done. Just because it took a long time to film it doesn’t mean you don’t do it in order.” (Episodes I, II, III, IV, V, VI).
Ranking second, fans apparently wanted to binge on the earlier films ahead of sequel’s release when they Google-searched: “Is ‘Star Wars’ on Netflix?”
In a related search, “How can I watch ‘Star Wars’?” was the third most popular query, followed by “When does ‘Star Wars’ come out?” in fourth place. Rounding out the top five searches, quiz seekers Googled: “Which ‘Star Wars’ character are you?”
It seems the dark side piqued “Star Wars” fans the most when it came to character-related searches. Nearly half of all the names looked up were for Darth Vader (45 percent of searches). Luke Skywalker (18 percent of searches) ranked second, Princess Leia (14 percent of searches ) trailed behind in third place, R2-D2 (12 percent of searches) and Chewbacca (11 percent of searches) were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Interestingly, Google’s data found that “Star Wars” searches spiked when the trailer debuted in October, but overall the greatest pool of queries came in 2005 after the release of “Revenge of the Sith.”