Majority of Weekly Most-Viewed Netflix Movies Come From Rival Studios

NEWS ANALYSIS — Netflix may have a stranglehold on subscription streaming video eyeballs — but not so when it comes to the origins of its most popular movies.

Six out of the 10 most-viewed movies on Netflix for the week ended Dec. 31, 2023, were produced at rival studios, including Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation, Illumination, Sony Pictures, Walt Disney Studios and Paramount Pictures. Three of those studios have their own SVOD platforms.

The third most-popular movie last week with 8.4 million views was the 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman, co-starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, which is also available to stream on Hulu and Prime Video. At No. 5 was The Super Mario Bros. Movie with 7.4 million views, which had been streaming exclusively on the Peacock platform since last August before leaving in December.

At No. 7 was Top Gun: Maverick with 6.2 million views. The 2021 theatrical blockbuster is concurrently streaming on Prime Video, MGM+, Paramount+, YouTube, The Roku Channel, Sling TV, and Philo, among other platforms. At No. 9 was The Boss Baby: Family Business with 5.9 million views. The 2021 sequel is also streaming on Peacock, Hulu and fuboTV.

The eighth and 10th most-viewed movies included Sony Pictures’ low-budget Tom Berenger sequels Sniper: Ultimate Kill (2017) and Sniper: Assassin’s End (2020) with 6.1 million and 5.7 million views, respectively.

Speaking on last fiscal call, co-CEO Ted Sarandos said the streamer’s goal (especially during last year’s Hollywood strikes) was to find content from myriad sources that would appeal to wider audiences — regardless of genre and/or age.

“We have to find that right balance of [original content vs. licensed] investment and finding the right product market fit…[to] most importantly help create a value proposition for consumers,” Sarandos said.

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JustWatch Lists Top 20 Movies, TV Shows Coming/Leaving Streaming Services Through Sept. 10

Netflix romance movie comedy Choose Love, the first season of “One Piece,” Max’s bow of “Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake,” and Prime Video’s first three season two episodes of “The Wheel of Time” highlight the top 20 new content streaming additions, beginning Aug. 31, according to new data from JustWatch, which tracks the streaming video habits, including digital retail and rental, of 20 million users across 59 markets, including the U.S.

Prime Video’s romantic comedy Sitting in Bars With Cake, Netflix’s first season of “Spy Ops,” and the ninth episode of the second season of “Foundation” on Apple TV+, round out the list through Sept. 10.

On the flipside, Prime Video access to The Shawshank Redemption, Silver Linings Playbook and Men in Black are among the top 20 titles (largely movies) leaving digital platforms, including 11 on Prime Video alone. Indeed, Terminator 2: Judgment Day is one of seven movies and two series exiting Netflix through Sept. 7.

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Pluto TV Announces ‘Popcorn Summer Movies’ Lineup

Free ad-supported service Pluto TV has announced its “Popcorn Summer Movies” lineup. 

​​Marking its third year, the summer programming slate adds hundreds of feature films and franchises to Pluto TV’s library of thousands of film titles. “Popcorn Summer Movies”debuts on June 1, with refreshes coming in July and August.

As a bonus, this year’s slate features franchise films ahead of their upcoming new installments, allowing fans to revisit collections such as “Indiana Jones” and “Mission: Impossible” and select “Transformers” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” films before the new releases hit theaters this summer.


June films include:

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Titanic
  • Gladiator
  • Pain & Gain
  • Crawl
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Four Brothers
  • The Gambler (2014)
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary
  • Runaway Bride
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Clear and Present Danger
  • Selma
  • The Fugitive
  • Poltergeist
  • Magnolia
  • The Fifth Element
  • Made of Honor
  • Sleepless
  • Runaway Jury
  • I Love You Phillip Morris
  • Machine Gun Preacher
  • Oculus
  • Almost Famous
  • Basic Instinct
  • Downsizing
  • The Fighter
  • Ghost in the Shell (2017)
  • Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
  • The Island
  • Minority Report
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  • Terminator Genysis
  • Tropic Thunder
  • The Kings of Summer
  • The Aviator
  • The Crow
  • Fresh
  • The Yards
  • Sicario
  • 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
  • Criminal (2016)


July films include:

  • Mission: Impossible
  • Mission: Impossible II
  • Mission: Impossible III
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
  • Top Gun
  • Forrest Gump
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Terminator Genysis
  • Old School
  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  • The Fighting Temptations
  • Good Burger
  • Boomerang
  • Harlem Nights
  • Clue
  • Demolition Man
  • Tango & Cash
  • Interview With the Vampire
  • Risky Business
  • Air Force One
  • Hancock
  • The Patriot
  • XXX
  • XXX: State of the Union
  • Sleepless
  • Final Destination 1-3
  • City Slickers
  • Two If By Sea
  • I Love You Phillip Morris
  • Machine Gun Preacher
  • Oculus
  • The Raven
  • A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
  • Arrival
  • The Back-Up Plan
  • Beavis & Butt-Head Do America
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


August films include:

  • Gladiator
  • Shooter
  • World War Z
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • Coach Carter
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • School of Rock
  • Adventureland
  • Grease 2
  • The Truman Show
  • Good Burger
  • Boomerang
  • Harlem Nights
  • Risky Business
  • Mars Attacks!
  • Goodfellas
  • The Lost Boys
  • Misery
  • And So It Goes
  • Vehicle 19
  • Action Point
  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • The Brady Bunch Movie
  • A Very Brady Sequel
  • Dinner for Schmucks
  • Gambit (2012)
  • The Honeymooners (2005)
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • The Mechanic (2011)
  • Morning Glory
  • mother!
  • Overlord
  • Primal Fear
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • The Terminal
  • War of the Worlds (2005)
  • Bad Santa 1 & 2
  • Lila and Eve

Fandango Study: 86% of Moviegoers Plan to See More Movies on Big Screen This Summer

A great majority (86%) of moviegoers plan to see more movies on the big screen this summer compared to last year, according to a survey from online movie ticketing service Fandango.

Fandango’s 2023 Moviegoing Trends & Insights Study surveyed more than 6,000 ticket buyers about their moviegoing attitudes and behaviors over the past year, as well as their future purchase intent. The study also found 81% plan to see three or more movies in theaters this summer.

Moviegoer anticipation for the upcoming summer movie season is high, with 89% saying they are excited that this summer will have more movies coming to theaters than in previous years. While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was voted the most anticipated movie of 2023 in a previous Fandango moviegoer survey, moviegoers said their top 10 most anticipated summer movies are, in order, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One, The Flash, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, The Little Mermaid, Fast X, Barbie, Oppenheimer, Haunted Mansion and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.

“With a blockbuster slate of summer movies, fans are eager to see their favorite characters and franchises return to the big screen, as well as new original films, in the unmatched setting of a movie theater, with engaged fans, their favorite concessions and the best sound and visuals available,” Jerramy Hainline, SVP of Fandango Ticketing, said in a statement.

Two-thirds of all moviegoers surveyed said they prefer to watch blockbuster movies on the big screen as soon as they are released, while 84% said that seeing a film in a premium format makes the moviegoing experience better. Over half said they plan to see movies in a premium format this summer.

Nearly all of those surveyed subscribe to a streaming service, however they still feel that theatrical movies have higher quality compared to those released directly to a streaming service. Price also matters to moviegoers. If presented with the option, 80% of those surveyed expressed interest in purchasing discounted tickets for less popular showtimes, and that interest increases to 85% among moviegoers ages 18-34. Still, less than a third of moviegoers surveyed believe movie theaters should offer varied prices for different seat options in the same auditorium.

Still, the perception of cheaper prices and the convenience of watching in the comfort of their home are enticing motivators for consumers to stream at home, according to the survey. Indeed, 77% of those surveyed said that if the movie were available to stream on a service they subscribed to at home, it would influence their decision on whether to see that film in the theater. The top reason for streaming at home was price, with 59% saying that the cheaper price was a factor, growing from 41% at the same time last year.

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Fandango’s study results underscored that moviegoing continues to be a shared experience, with 63% of moviegoers saying they go with a spouse or partner, while half of moviegoers ages 18-34 said they go with friends and 56% go with children. Summer moviegoing also is a big part of American culture, with 68% saying they like to spend time with family and/or friends at the movies during the summer and 61% saying that going to the movies is a favorite summer activity.

Fandango’s moviegoer study was conducted during February and March 2023, surveying more than 6,000 moviegoers who bought a ticket with Fandango since January 2022. The demographic breakdown of the group was 62% ages 18 to 54, with 60% identifying as female, 39% male, and 1% non-binary. Of the moviegoers surveyed, 65% described themselves as Caucasian; 16% Latinx/Hispanic; 10% Black/African-American; 7% Asian/Pacific Islander; and 4% other. There were a few respondents who identified with multiple ethnicities.

Whip Media: ‘True Lies’ Top New Show, ‘Shadow and Bone’ Top Returning Show, ‘John Wick 4’ Top Movie Anticipated in March

CBS’s “True Lies” was the top anticipated new show, Netflix’s “Shadow and Bone” was the most anticipated returning show, and Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4 was the top anticipated movie on the Whip Media charts for March.

“True Lies,” which debuts March 1, is based on the 1994 James Cameron action-comedy starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a secret agent with an unsuspecting wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) who gets caught up in his latest mission. The series has the couple (played by Steve Howey and Ginger Gonzaga) working together on assignments.

“Shadow and Bone” returns for its second season March 16. The fantasy series is based on the books about an orphan girl with special powers.

John Wick: Chapter 4, the next installment in the action series starring Keanu Reeves as a legendary hitman, debuts in theaters March 22.

Top anticipated movies available to stream in March include Murder Mystery 2, a mystery sequel starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, streaming on Netflix starting March 31, and Tetris, about the genesis of the popular video game, streaming on Apple TV+ beginning March 31.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with 21 million global users, according to the company. TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” is based on data from those users.

Most Anticipated New Shows for March:

  1. “True Lies” (CBS) — March 1
  2. “Gotham Knights” (CW) — March 14
  3. “Daisy Jones & the Six” (Prime Video) — March 3
  4. “Rabbit Hole” (Paramount+) — March 26
  5. “Lucky Hank” (AMC) — March 19


Most Anticipated Returning Shows for March:

  1. “Shadow and Bone” (Netflix) — March 16
  2. “The Mandalorian” (Disney+) — March 1
  3. “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+) — March 15
  4. “Yellowjackets” (Showtime) — March 26
  5. “Succession” (HBO) — March 26


Most Anticipated Movies for March:

  1. John Wick: Chapter 4— March 22
  2. Shazam! Fury of the Gods — March 17
  3. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves — March 31
  4. Scream VI — March 10
  5. Creed III — March 2
  6. 65 — March 10
  7. Murder Mystery 2 — March 31
  8. Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre — March 3
  9. Tetris — March 31
  10. A Good Person — March 24

AMC Theatres Ups Q3 Fiscal Revenue, Widens Loss

AMC Entertainment Holdings Nov. 8 reported a third-quarter (ended Sept. 30) net loss of $226.9 million, which was up slightly from a loss of $224.2 million during the prior-year period. Revenue increased 27% to $968.4 million, from $763.2 million a year ago. Through nine months of the fiscal year, revenue topped $2.9 billion, up 115% from revenue of $763.2 million a year earlier.

CEO Adam Aron attributed the muddled Q3 results to a “particularly soft” industry-wide box office in the quarter.

“But encouragingly, our overall per-patron metrics for both admissions
revenue and food and beverage spending remain well above pre-pandemic levels, growing a sizable 12.0% and 30.0%, respectively, compared to the third quarter of 2019,” Aron said in a statement.

The executive, like much of Hollywood, has high hopes for the fourth quarter theatrical releases of Disney/Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which has posted advanced ticket sales surpassing expectations, as well as Strange World and Avatar: The Way of Water, among other films.

Indeed, Black Panther advance ticket sales have reportedly topped $45 million.

As the exhibition business continues to struggle, Aron said the world’s largest chain would continue to explore incremental business opportunities, which include selling branded popcorn at retail and the recently announced Zoom Rooms at AMC, affording groups the ability to connect with other large groups across the country.

“We expect to make more business development announcements in the coming weeks and months, which along with an improving movie theater sector, positions AMC Entertainment to create value for all our stakeholders,” Aron said.

Prime Video’s ‘Terminal List’ Top New Show, Netflix’s ‘Virgin River’ Top Returning Show Anticipated in July

Prime Video’s “The Terminal List” was the top anticipated new show, Netflix’s “Virgin River” was the most-anticipated returning show, and Disney’s latest Marvel film Thor: Love and Thunder was the top anticipated movie on the Whip Media charts for July.

“The Terminal List,” which starts streaming July 1, is an action thriller series starring Chris Pratt as a Navy SEAL who, after his platoon is ambushed, has conflicting memories of the incident.

“Virgin River,” season four of which debuts on Netflix July 20, is based on the novel series of the same name. It follows Melinda “Mel” Monroe, who goes to work as a midwife and nurse practitioner in the Northern California town of Virgin River.

Thor: Love and Thunder is the latest installment in Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe focused on the superhero Thor, and his fourth solo movie. Directed by Taika Waititi, the film takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame as Thor (Chris Hemsworth) recruits friends to defeat a villain intent on eliminating all gods.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with 21 million global users, according to the company. TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” is based on data from those users.

Most Anticipated New Shows for July:

  1. “The Terminal List” (Prime Video) — July 1
  2. “Resident Evil” (Netflix) — July 14
  3. “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin” (HBO Max) — July 28
  4. “Black Bird” (Apple TV+) — July 8
  5. “Moonhaven” (AMC+) — July 7


Most Anticipated Returning Shows for July:

  1. “Virgin River” (Netflix) — July 20
  2. “American Horror Stories” (Hulu) — July 21
  3. “What We Do in the Shadows” (FX) — July 12
  4. “Solar Opposites” (Hulu) — July 13
  5. “Overlord” (ATX) — July 5


Most Anticipated Movies for July:

  1. Thor: Love and Thunder — July 8
  2. Nope — July 22
  3. Minions: The Rise of Gru — July 1
  4. The Gray Man — July 15
  5. DC League of Super-Pets — July 29
  6. Where the Crawdads Sing — July 15
  7. Persuasion — July 15
  8. Mr. Malcolm’s List — July 1
  9. Not Okay — July 29
  10. The Sea Beast — July 8

Netflix Ups Fiscal Love of French Movies

Netflix has reportedly inked new three-year agreements with French film organizations pledging to devote at least 4% of its annual revenue in the region to locally produced movies.

Hailed as “landmark” deals, the agreements with the BLIC (Bureau de liaison des industries cinématographiques), the BLOC (Bureau de liaison des organisations du cinema) and the ARP (Société civile des auteurs réalisateurs producteurs) call for Netflix to invest €40 million ($45.3 million) annually, with a minimum of €30 million ($34 million) for original French-language movies, including pre-financing at least 10 movies annually.

In return, Netflix will have access to French movies 15 months (down from 36 months) after their theatrical debut for an exclusive seven-month window. The deal should also allow Netflix to finally premiere its movies at the Cannes film festival.

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The agreement follows last December’s pact between the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and Apple’s iTunes Store mandating the platforms invest at least 20% of their French revenue to locally produced content. The agreements are expected to generate upwards of €300 million ($340 million) in French-based movie spending.

Netflix ended 2021 with more than 74 million paid subscribers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including more than 8 million subs in France.

Hub: Social Media, Gaming, Online Videos Downsize TV Viewing Time

Social media activities, including online video and separately, video games, continue to eat away at the time consumers spend watching television. New data from Hub Research found that TV and movies account for 48% of all the time consumers say they spend with screen-based entertainment. That’s down 5% from a year ago, and down 11% from 2019.

The stats come from a December 2021 survey of 2,179 U.S. consumers aged 13-74, who watch at least one hour of TV per week and have broadband service. 

Notably, the older the survey respondent, the more time s/he spends in front of the TV. At just 35 years old, Hub saw a significant shift toward the consumption of TV and movies as the primary source of entertainment time. Among respondents over the age of 35, about 60% of their time was spent watching TV and movies.

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“When it comes to sources of screen-based entertainment, younger and older consumers could not be more different,” Peter Fondulas, Hub principal and co-author of the study, said in a statement.

The analyst wonders whether today’s young consumers will always prioritize non-traditional content — or whether they’ll start to resemble older consumers as they grow older.

“Our prediction is that their behaviors are so ingrained that non-traditional content will always be a significant part of their entertainment consumption,” Fondulas said.

Netflix Slates 68 Movie Releases for 2022, Including ‘Knives Out’ Sequel

Netflix on Feb. 3 announced a record film slate of 68 movies in 2022, starring ‘A’-listers such as Christian Bale, Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, Judd Apatow, Jordan Peele and Ryan Reynolds.

Highlights include the eagerly awaited sequel to Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, with Daniel Craig; the actioner The Gray Man, with Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans; and the epic sci-fi adventure The Mothership, which stars Halle Berry.

For families, there’s Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldaña in The Adam Project; The School for Good and Evil, with Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington; and Roald Dahl’s Matilda, with Lashana Lynch and Emma Thompson. 

Also in the pipeline are the comedy You People, with Jonah Hill and Eddie Murphy; the return of Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill as sibling detectives in Enola Holmes 2; and two films each starring Adam Sandler (Hustle and Spaceman) and Jamie Foxx (Day Shift and They Cloned Tyrone).

The new Netflix slate also includes directorial debuts from Kenya Barris, Carrie Cracknell, Dev Patel, JJ  Perry, Matthew Reilly and Millicent Shelton.

Netflix in a three-minute teaser gave previews of several of its upcoming films, including Knives Out 2, Enola Holmes 2, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, and Falling for Christmas with Lindsey Lohan.

The preview features a number of talking up the joys of watching movies at home, including Charlize Theron, who maintains, “Every night is movie night.”