The IMDb explicitly states a primary title should be "the original title of a movie/show in its original language as it appears on screen (on the title card) in the opening credits. So all alternative titles found on posters, DVD boxes, reference books, trailers, websites, re-releases, etc. are irrelevant. They do NOT define what the primary title should look like." These primary titles , however, remain "what they should not look like":
- TRON: Legacy (2010) - The opening title is just "TRON", while the closing credits title is "TRON: Legacy".
- X-Men: First Class (2011) - The opening title is "X: First Class", while the closing credits title is "X-Men: First Class".
- Iron Man 3 (2013) - While it was advertised as "Iron Man 3", The closing credits title is "Iron Man Three", which is the only title shown in the movie and thus the opening title.
- La vie d'Adèle (2013) (Blue Is the Warmerst Color) - The closing credits title is "La vie d'Adèle - Chapitres 1 et 2", which is the only title shown in the movie and thus the opening title. (The Criterion Blu-ray shows the American title with a misspelled French title.)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) - While it was advertised just as "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", the opening crawl includes "Episode VII" à la other movies of the franchise, so the IMDb title should be "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens".
- Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) - A user on the message board pointed out that the original theatrical opening title is just "Return of the Jedi", although I have no information to confirm this.
These are major, popular movies millions of people saw and therefore it is improbable that no one has ever submitted the correct titles. (Apparently even some of these were at one point listed as the correct ones!) I've submitted corrections to these titles (except the last one) but none has yet been admitted, and what baffles me is that there clearly are exceptions while the rule is pretty simple, clear-cut, and laid out. And I can't stand this; because that means that either the rule or the titles don't reflect the state of how the IMDb editors operate.
So, why are these exceptions? At the studios' request? For SEO? And please, please just either correct these titles, or revise the policy so that they accurately reflect what is actually being applied (and maybe add "opening [credits] title" to the available AKA attribute options), because if the IMDb doesn't stick to its own rules, why would its users?