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Since the start of Netflix original programming in 2011, the streaming service, like Hulu and Amazon Prime, has kept the number of users who watch its content secret. That changed on Wednesday, July 15, when the company released the list of the most popular Netflix movies of all time.
The list included the 10 most popular Netflix movies that were original to the site, which means blockbusters, such as The Incredibles 2, which are available to stream on Netflix but were not originally distributed by the company were not included in this list. Still, there are plenty of favorites and surprises in the most popular Netflix movies. There are, however, some similarities between them. By far the most popular genres are action movies or thrillers. And almost all of the films in the top half of the list are led by A-list stars, such as Ryan Reynolds, Chris Hemsworth and Sandra Bullock.
When it comes to original movies on streaming services, action or thriller movies with a big name seem like a winning formula. Take, for example, the Apple TV Plus Original Movie Greyhound, which was released in July 2020. Not only was the movie an action or thriller, but it was also directed by perhaps one of the most popular movie stars. most recognizable in the 21st century.
Of course, there are a few surprises in the list of the most popular Netflix movies. Check out the full list of top 10 most popular Netflix movies and the number of users who watched it in the first four weeks below.
1. Extraction — 99 million users
Extraction topped the list of the most popular Netflix movies, with 99 million users in its first four weeks. The action-thriller stars Chris Hemsworth as Tyler Rake, a former SASR operator turned Black Ops mercenary, who must rescue the kidnapped son of an Indian drug lord in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The film, based on the graphic novel Ciudad by Ande Parks, premiered in April 2020.
Russo continued, “I think that was very important with this character. He’s also very engaged on a physical level. When we were doing the Marvel movies, it was a priority for us to have the actors execute as much of the character as possible. action. And [director] Sam Hargrave, who has worked with us on all of the Marvel movies and directed Extraction, demands the same. And he really put Chris through a really intense workout for this movie. It’s definitely the hardest thing I think Chris has done physically in his career. But I also think it’s his best performance.
2. bird box — 89 million users
bird box became an internet sensation when it premiered in November 2018. The film was viewed by over 89 million users in its first four weeks, which is why it came in second on the list of Netflix movies the more popular. The film, based on the 2014 novel of the same title by Josh Malerman, stars Sandra Bullock as Malorie Hayes, a woman who tries to protect herself and her two children from evil supernatural entities that make people crazy and want to commit suicide if they look at them.
Bullock told Cinemablend at the time that she made the film for her two children, Louis and Laila. “I created Bird Box because my children asked me why I had never done anything for them. So when bird box crossed my path, I knew it was a story I had to do because it was about family,” she said. “And when I finished the movie, I went to see my babies and I said, ‘Hey, mom made this for you. And even if you can’t see it until you’re 21 because apparently a movie about being a mom is a horror movie, you’ll know when you see it that there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you.
3. Spenser Confidential — 85 million users
Spenser Confidential comes third on the list of the most popular Netflix movies with 85 million users watching it in its first four weeks. The action-comedy film stars Mark Wahlberg as a police detective who finds himself in a dangerous situation with his friend’s roommate, Hawk (Winston Duke.) The film, released in March 2020, is an adaptation of the Ace Atkins novel Wonderland by Robert B. Parker.
4. 6 Underground — 83 million users
6 Underground stars Ryan Reynolds as Gray/One, an American billionaire and philanthropist who fakes his own death to form a vigilante team to take down criminals and terrorists the government ignores. The film, which also stars Dave Franco and Melanie Laurent, premiered in December 2019. According to Netflix, 83 million users watched it in the first four weeks of its release, making it the one of the most popular Netflix movies.
5. Murder Mystery — 73 million users
Murder Mystery saw Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler reunite as Audrey and Nick Spitz, a married couple who take a trip to Europe for their 15th wedding anniversary and find themselves aboard a foreign yacht when a murder occurs. product and they must flee the law while investigating everything the real killer was. The film premiered in June 2019 and was watched by 73 million households in its first four weeks, which is why it is one of the most popular Netflix films of all time, according to the streaming service.
6. The Irishman — 64.2 million users
Directed by Martin Scorsese, The Irishman was one of Netflix’s awards season favorites when it premiered in November 2019. The film, which was viewed by 64.2 million users in its first four weeks, is a crime film based on the 2004 book I heard you paint the houses by Charles Brandt. The film, which Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, follows a truck driver who becomes a hitman involved with a mobster and his crime family.
In an interview with The Guardian at the time, Scorsese explained how The Irishman could be his last film. “We talked about this a lot, that cinemas have been taken over by superhero movies – you know, just people flying and punching and crashing, which is good if you want to see it. It’s just that there’s no room for any other type of image. I don’t know how much more I can do, maybe that’s it. The last,” he said at the time.
7. Triple Frontier — 63 million users
Triple Frontier premiered in March 2019 and was seen by 63 million viewers in its first four weeks, making it one of the most popular Netflix movies. The film stars Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlun and Pedro Pascal as a group of former US Army Delta Force soldiers who come together to plan a heist of a southern crime lord. -American.
In a Collider interview at the time, Affleck talked about how Netflix was the best home for the movie. “Netflix has shown a willingness to break with convention, to try unusual things. To experiment,” he said at the time. every time they put out a movie. Netflix already has 130 million people that they have a relationship with and they can advertise directly. I think that means they’re not so beholden to this weekend idea. opening end. You know what I mean? They kinda sold the ticket already, in a weird way.
8. The bad miss — 59 million users
The bad miss is a Netflix Original romantic comedy that premiered in May 2020. The film was watched by 59 million users in its first four weeks and is the eighth most-watched Netflix film of all time. The film stars David Spade as Tim Morris, a man who arranged a blind date with a woman named Missy, played by Lauren Lapkus. As you’d expect from a romantic comedy, their date doesn’t go as planned.
9. The platform — 56.2 million users
Compared to the other movies on this list, The platform may not be as familiar to American Netflix users. But with 56.2 million households watching it in its first four weeks, it was certainly popular around the world. The film is a Spanish sci-fi horror about a large tower-style “vertical self-management center” and its residents, who change between its floors every 30 days and are fed only from a platform filled with food on the top floor that descends through each of the lower levels of the tower.
ten. The perfect date — 48 million users
The perfect date sees Netflix’s teen rom-com favorite Noah Centineo return for another on-screen romance. The film, which was seen by 48 million users in its first four weeks and is the 10th most popular Netflix film, stars Centineo as Brooks Rattigan, a high school student who creates an app to sell himself. as an appointment to pay for his studies. Along the way, he meets Celia Lieberman (Laura Marano), who is one of the first women to hire him.