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Top online searches of 2010

By Steve Spears, Times Staff Writer

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Weekend movies Dollar amounts in millions

 Tron: Legacy, $43.6

Yogi Bear, $16.7

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, $12.4

The Fighter, $12.2

The Tourist, $8.7


Top 5 prime-time TV shows

 NFL Football: Philadelphia at Dallas (NBC)

 Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick (NBC)

60 Minutes (CBS)

Criminal Minds (CBS)

Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Source: Nielsen Co., for week ending Dec. 12

Top 5 singles on iTunes

Firework, Katy Perry

Grenade, Bruno Mars

The Time (Dirty Bit), Black Eyed Peas

What's My Name?, Rihanna, Drake

Raise Your Glass, P!nk

Source: iTunes for week ending Dec. 13

Top 5 Yahoo search terms in Tampa Bay

 Kate Gosselin children

 iPad 2 rumors

 Cold symptoms

 Nikki Sixx

 Hulk Hogan


Marriage meltdowns to legal showdowns. Oil spills to gossip mills. America's favorite Golden Girl to America's most-despised parents/dancers/rehab patrons and more. And as for Tiger Woods, well, he's on a level all his own. Let's face it: When it comes to writing the book about peace on earth and goodwill toward man, 2010 was the page we might like to rip out and send through the shredder. And yet we couldn't turn away, could we? Oh, don't give me that "Who, me?" look. AOL has released its "Year End Hot Searches of 2010" lists and so the evidence of our morbid curiosity is now here for everyone to see. AOL looked at several categories, using its AOL Search site to rank the topics we're searching for the most. Top of the list? The marital drama of Woods, of course. But also the comeback of Betty White. Does a "cougar" offset a Tiger? See for yourself in this selection of lists. (A complete list of AOL Top Searches for 2010 can be found at

Top 5 celebrities

Fresh off history's ugliest marriage scandal/divorce, the world's greatest golfer is probably looking forward to 2011 more so than any other living creature on the planet.

1 Tiger Woods

2. Justin Bieber

3. Lady Gaga

4. Sandra Bullock

5. Kate Gosselin

Top 5 movies

Tim Burton's 3-D movie took audiences through the looking glass, but it seems like no match for teenage vampires or a flying Robert Downey Jr.

1 Alice in Wonderland

2. Toy Story 3

3. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

4. Shutter Island

5. Iron Man 2

Top 5 TV shows

Mama Grizzly. Baby Bear. Bristol. Levi. Willow. Conservative conspiracies. Remember when ABC's hit show was still about the dancing?

1 Dancing With the Stars

2. American Idol

3. Days of Our Lives

4. The Young and the Restless

5. Lost

Top 5 celebrity deaths

One last time. "Whatchu talkin' 'bout, AOL?" In a year when we lost so many Hollywood legends (Tony Curtis!), the Diff'rent Strokes star was the top-searched death.

1 Gary Coleman

2. Corey Haim 3. Dennis Hopper 4. Phil Harris 5. Dixie Carter

Top 5 celebrity weddings

For all the hype before the nuptials of the former first daughter and ol' what's-his-name (pssst … It's Marc Mezvinsky), we haven't heard a peep since. Refreshing!

1 Chelsea Clinton

2. Rush Limbaugh 3. Hilary Duff

4. Katy Perry 5. Megan Fox

Top 5 trends

She hosted Saturday Night Live. Co-starred in a new sitcom. Become an honorary forest ranger. At 88 years old, Betty White worked harder in 2010 than the rest of us combined.

1 Betty White

2. Chatroulette 3. Pants On the Ground 4. Vuvuzelas 5. Silly Bandz

Top 5 shopping wish list

With the top two items on everyone's wish list, it's fun to imagine Apple magnate Steve Jobs sitting atop Mount Crumpit in Grinch-like fashion come Saturday morning.

1 iPad

2. iPhone 3. Brazilian Blowout 4. BlackBerry Torch 5. Kindle

Top online searches of 2010 12/19/10 [Last modified: Sunday, December 19, 2010 7:25pm]
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