One of the biggest Netflix movies in the world right now is a period adaptation of Jane Austen Persuasionstarring Dakota Johnson, which drew a flood of negative reviews from critics who think the film’s groundbreaking, modern lines have no place in an Austen story.
Indeed, one of the film’s Rotten Tomatoes scores is definitely in “yuck” territory (an abysmal 31% critic score). The audience score, meanwhile, is much better – 65%, but still not great. Even better, though? The movie did its job for the streamer, all things considered. It rocked viewership – 28.7 million hours watched worldwide for the week ending July 17.
That is, of course, according to the somewhat fungible notion of what constitutes a view at Netflix. However, it was enough to Persuasion one of the top 10 Netflix movies in the world – beaten, so far, by just one title.
The beast from the sea is Netflix’s biggest movie
According to the weekly chart of top Netflix movies that the streamer released on Tuesday, July 19, the No. 1 movie in the world on the platform right now is a family-friendly animated title, The beast from the sea. Released on July 8, it has garnered over 68 million viewing hours worldwide over the past week.
It kind of felt like this one came out of nowhere as there wasn’t exactly a huge marketing push to get the word out. Nonetheless, enough Netflix users found they sent in this director Chris Williams gem that skyrocketed the Netflix movie charts.
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“In a time when terrifying beasts roamed the seas,” the Netflix synopsis explains, “monster hunters were famous heroes. And no one was more beloved than the great Jacob Holland. embarks on his legendary ship, he is struggling with an unexpected ally.
“Together they embark on an epic journey into uncharted waters and make history. From Oscar-winning filmmaker Chris Williams (Moana, Big Hero 6, Lock), The beast from the sea takes us where the map ends, and the real adventure begins.
Top 10 Netflix Movies
In the meantime, here’s a look at the full recap of the 10 Netflix movies that topped the streamer’s chart between July 11 and July 17. Netflix, remember, releases four charts based on its proprietary data every Tuesday. Two of them rank in the Top 10 English Movies and TV Shows, and the other two are for non-English titles in the same categories.
- The beast from the sea — 68.1 million hours viewed
- Persuasion — 28.7 million hours viewed
- Girl in the picture — 23.5 million hours viewed
- The man from Toronto — 13.5 million hours viewed
- Sing 2 — 12.2 million hours viewed
- 12 Strong — 11.8 million hours viewed
- Spider-Man: No Coming Home — 8 million hours viewed
- FRIES — 7.4 million hours viewed
- Hustle — 6.4 million hours viewed
- Hello, goodbye and everything else — 6.1 million hours viewed
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