NewYork, 21.02.2019

Hispanics are 36% more likely to be monthly moviegoers, compared to overall US moviegoers

MRI-Simmons, E-Poll data show that 41% of adult Hispanic moviegoers in the US see at least one movie a month

When it comes to popular culture, US Hispanics are prolific consumers -– so understanding their preferences among genres, actors, and actresses is a top priority for the movie industry.

Research from MRI-Simmons and E-Poll shows that, compared to the average moviegoer nationwide, Hispanic moviegoers (ages 18 and above) are 36% more likely to see at least one movie a month. Four in ten (41%) Hispanic moviegoers attend one movie a month or more, compared to 30% of all US moviegoers. In addition, one out of 5 Hispanic moviegoers prefer to see a new movie on opening weekend; this makes them 69% more likely to do so compared to the average moviegoer nationwide.

US Hispanic moviegoers also are 77% more likely to watch a full-length movie on their mobile/smartphones compared to the average US moviegoer (19% of Hispanic moviegoers versus 11% for all US moviegoers).

The top three genres among Hispanic moviegoers are Action/Adventure, Comedy, and Drama; and in each category, their favorite actors and actresses are sometimes profoundly different from the overall US population.

Product preferences differ among Hispanic movie fans

A new analysis using MRI E-Score Celebrity Fusion (January 2019) – a joint product of MRI-Simmons and E-Poll – shows how the Hispanic fans of today’s leading film stars also differ in their preferences across a host of product categories, from bottled water to candy.

Hispanic moviegoers who are fans of Jennifer Lopez are 32% more likely than the average US population to be Kit Kat consumers in the past 6 months. But those who like Mila Kunis are two times more likely to be M&M’s Almond consumers. Lopez, Kunis, and Sofia Vergara are the most-liked film actresses among Hispanic moviegoers.

The MRI E-Score Celebrity Fusion also identified that Hispanic moviegoers who like Leonardo DiCaprio are 62% more likely to be Fiji bottled water consumers in the past 6 months, compared to the US average. Keanu Reeves fans, on the other hand, show an affinity for Crystal Geyser (two times more likely). DiCaprio, Reeves, and Chris Rock are the most-liked film actors among Hispanic moviegoers.

Table 1. Product favorites among Hispanic moviegoers who like film actors and actresses 


Top bottled water brand

Top candy brand

Mila Kunis


M&M’s Almond

Sofia Vergara



Jennifer Lopez

Crystal Geyser

Kit Kat

Leonardo DiCaprio


Hershey’s Almond

Keanu Reeves


Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme

Chris Rock

Crystal Geyser

Hershey’s Kisses

The findings on Hispanic moviegoers come from the January 2019 MRI E-Score Celebrity Fusion – a fusion of the MRI-Simmons Doublebase 2018 data and data from E-Poll’s E-Score Celebrity study. Doublebase 2018 data represent two waves (roughly 48,000 consumer interviews) of MRI’s Survey of the American Consumer®.

The MRI E-Score Celebrity Fusion covers over 4,000 celebrities and 600 product categories, allowing brands, agencies, and media companies to see which celebrities best fit with their brands, sponsorships and media campaigns.

About MRI-Simmons

Launched as a joint venture in 2019, MRI-Simmons combines the assets and expertise of two of the leading consumer insights providers in the US.  Together, they will offer agency, media, and advertiser clients the best in research and technology with the highest quality data, the strongest strategic partnerships, the most innovative digital platforms, and intuitive, easy-to-use visual reporting.

MRI’s Survey of the American Consumer® – which has maintained MRC accreditation for over 20 years – is used in the majority of US media and marketing plans and has long been the industry standard for magazine audience ratings. Through 24,000 in-person interviews each year, MRI captures in-depth information on consumer media choices, attitudes, and consumption of products and services in nearly 600 categories.

Simmons measures American consumer psychographics, preferences, attitudes, and media behaviors by closely overlaying survey and passively measured data using advanced measurement sciences. For more than 60 years, Simmons has helped leading brands, agencies, and media companies effectively engage with consumers, providing measurement of over 200,000 consumer elements.

About E-Poll Market Research

E-Poll Market Research is a full-service consumer research company helping clients make better decisions in a complex digital media environment. Our highly experienced research team, and our proprietary panel of US media consumers, allow clients to reach and understand their target audiences more quickly and cost-effectively. E-Poll’s innovative E-Score®, ADvance™ and Dynatrack™ products harness millions of consumer responses and provide turnkey solutions for marketability, advertising effectiveness and brand tracking.

Founded in 1997, E-Poll is headquartered in Los Angeles. More information is available at

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