For the first time ever, Netflix has released its Top Ten most-streamed original movies. The list is ranked by the number of views in the movie’s first four weeks, and as you might expect, the top of that list is packed with star power.
The Chris Hemsworth-starring Extraction top the chart as the most popular movie on the streaming service to date, followed by the thriller Bird Box with Sandra Bullock. Other A-List actors in the top 5 list include Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler.
While there’s no reason to doubt the list’s accuracy, the reporting method might be a little skewed. Netflix counts anyone who watches at least 2 minutes of a movie as a view. I don’t know about you, but it usually takes me a little longer than that to decide if a movie is worth watching as I scroll through the library from my couch.
And while I’m not doubting Chris Hemsworth’s ability to draw in viewers, Extraction was released in April of this year during the height of the pandemic when stay at home orders were in place, and streaming numbers in general were through the roof.
All of the films that made the top 10 list premiered within the last three years, and many within the past 12 months. Since Netflix is rapidly growing thanks to the popularity of cord cutting, it makes sense that the most recent films get the most views because each reaches a larger audience than the last. Netflix added 43.6 million customers since the start of 2019 alone.
For a long time, Netflix kept it’s individual streaming numbers secretive but has become more public about its original movie’s successes within this past year as a way to generate hype and draw in more big-name talent and producers.
Have you watched all the shows on this list? Comment and let us know which is on top of your list.
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Tmera studied journalism at Utah State University where her career began as Senior News Writer for the campus publication. After a few stops along the way, her love of writing and media led her to Cord Cutters News where she reports on breaking headlines, device updates, programming highlights, and more. Before joining the CCN team, Tmera worked in broadcast news, freelance writing, and radio.