Call of Duty rules YouTube's top trailers list for 2012

"Dark Knight Rises," "Skyfall," and "The Hunger Games" were also among the top 10 trailers viewed on YouTube this year, but Call of Duty trailers invaded four spots.

The live-action trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was No. 1 on YouTube this year.
The live-action trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was No. 1 on YouTube this year. YouTube/Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Which trailers did people flock to view on YouTube this year? Those for the game Call of Duty dominated, but a few popular films heated up the site as well.

The 2012 YouTube Top Trailers Leaderboard revealed the top 10 most-viewed movie, TV, and video game trailers of the year. Combined, the 10 trailers scored more than 170 million views through both promotion and sheer popularity.

Capturing the top spot was a live-action trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The game's other trailers also won the 2nd, 8th, and 10th spots in the list.

Batman swung his way into the No. 3 slot with a trailer for the film "The Dark Knight Rises." The latest James Bond film "SkyFall" fell into the No. 4 spot.

The trailer for the movie "Ted," which follows a teddy bear that comes to life, was No. 5, followed by the trailer for "The Hunger Games." The TV show "Revolution" picked up the No. 7 spot. And another "Skyfall" trailer found its way on the list in the No. 9 slot.

"For many of us, trailers are half the fun of going to the movies," YouTube said on its Leaderboard page. "Thanks to YouTube, there's no price of admission to watch them."

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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