December 15, 2021
Sandra Bullock has returned to Netflix with a splash. The actress, whose last original movie with the streamer, Bird Box, was watched by 45 million subscriber households in its first seven days, saw her latest movie, The Unforgivable, dominate Netflix streaming in its first week as well.
Despite middling reviews, director Nora Fingscheidt’s drama-thriller debuted at No. 1 globally through Dec. 12, with subscribers streaming 85.86 million hours with Bullock, who stars as a woman recently released from prison who soon finds society refuses to forgive her past.
Fingscheidt joins a group of female directors and showrunners taking over the Top 10, including Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog), Halle Berry (Bruised), Mary Lambert (A Castle For Christmas), Clare Knight (Back to the Outback), Maria Torres (Anonymously Yours), Mar Targarona (Two), Molly Smith Metzler (Maid) and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (“The Witcher”).
Sci-fi reboot “Lost in Space” generated 35.82 million hours as the top-viewed English-language show of the week.
Thai suspense drama The Whole Truth was the No. 1 non-English film with 10.54 million hours viewed. And after consecutive weeks on the lists, French comedy Spoiled Brats and season two of telenovela “The Queen of Flow” are now the ninth most-popular non-English movie and non-English TV show.
Netflix’s newest animated movie, Back to the Outback, tracked 16.17 million hours. Also landing in the Top 10 were other family favorites such as season four of “Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, David and the Elves, The Christmas Chronicles, The Claus Family and A Boy Called Christmas.
Netflix said recently released seasons of “Lost in Space” and “La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”) continue to reign at No. 1 on the English and non-English TV show lists, respectively. The two series also ranked in the top 10 in 61 and 54 countries respectively.
Meanwhile, South Korean dystopian game show “Squid Game” remains the most-watched Netflix program in 2021 with more than 1.65 billion hours streamed in the show’s first 28 days of release.