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Netflix: ‘The Sea Beast’ Breaks Animated Movie Viewing Record; ‘Stranger Things 4’ Powers On

Animated adventure The Sea Beaslanded in the No. 1 spot (two weeks in a row) on the English Films List and holds the record for the most hours viewed in a week for an animated film with 68.11 million through July 19, according to data from Netflix.

Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Chris Williams, the film was in the top 10 in 93 countries. Meanwhile, based on the timeless love story by Jane Austen, Persuasion debuted at No. 2 with 28.72 million hours viewed. Starring Dakota Johnson and Henry Golding, the film appeared in the top 10 in 87 countries.

Subscribers also revisited their favorites on the list, including Girl in the Picture (23.59 million hours viewed), The Man From Toronto (13.5 million hours viewed) and Hustle (6.45 million hours viewed) for the sixth straight week in the top 10, and Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between (6.17 million hours viewed). 

“Stranger Things” season four continued to top the English TV List. In its eighth week, the series pulled in an additional 102.33 million hours viewed, making it the most viewed title of the week. The cultural phenomenon now has 1.31 billion hours viewed on the Most Popular list. Meanwhile, the first three seasons have held steady with 31.54 million hours viewed, 33.79 million hours viewed and 33.05 million hours viewed, respectively.

Fans stepped into New Raccoon City as the legendary “Resident Evil” franchise entered the list in the second spot with 72.67 million hours viewed. The thriller was within the top 10 in 92 countries. Season three of “The Umbrella Academy” had 27.25 million hours viewed. Families spent the weekend with “Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight.” Starring Jack Black and Rita Ora, the animated series had 21.18 million hours viewed. “Boo, Bitch” took on a life of its own. Starring Lana Condor, the limited series had 20.61 million hours viewed. 

On the non-English Films side, fans flocked to new entrants including Spanish action-adventure Valley of the Dead (17.84 million hours viewed), Italian rom-com Under the Amalfi Sun (6.47 million hours viewed), German documentary My Daughter’s Killer (6.42 million hours viewed) and Indian comedy Love Goals (3.25 million hours viewed). Returning to the list was French drama Dangerous Liaisons with 16.23 million hours viewed and Tawainese horror movie Incantation with 10.85 million hours viewed. Indian films RRR and Major held steady on the list.  

In its second week, Korean drama “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” held the No. 1 spot on the non-English TV list with 45.58 million hours viewed. Spanish thriller “The Longest Night” with 24.2 million hours viewed, Korean drama “Alchemy of Souls”  with 14.64 million hours viewed, and Mexican drama “Control Z”  with 13.09 million hours viewed had staying power. Brazilian drama “Sintonia,” Spanish romantic drama “Alba,” Korean drama “Remarriage & Desires,” and Luxembourgian drama “Capitani” entered the top 10 list for the first time. 

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