‘Stranger Things 4,’ ‘The Gray Man’ No. 1 Streamed Show, Movie on Netflix in 2022

It was a challenging 2022 for Netflix as the pioneer SVOD platform realized its most significant subscriber churn in a decade, and hurriedly launched a lower-cost ad-supported option in response after eschewing commercials since its inception.

Throughout it all, Netflix remained the benchmark other SVOD services are compared to. The platform is projected to end the year with more than 227 million subscribers worldwide. More importantly, Netflix is the only SVOD service that generates a profit.

Netflix was also the most watched streamer — with more spots in the Nielsen top 10 than all other streamers combined. The service had the top original series 46 out of 48 weeks through Dec. 25, and almost 50% of all No. 1 streamed movies, according to Nielsen.

The streamer reported 50% of its all-time most-popular English language series were launched this year, including “Stranger Things” season four, “Wednesday” and “Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” (all of which crossed the 1 billion hours viewed mark), “Bridgerton” season two and “Inventing Anna.”

Among the all-time most-streamed English language movies, three debuted this year, including The Adam Project, The Gray Man and Purple Hearts. Netflix also released its most-successful animated kids film — The Sea Beast — and most-successful documentary, The Tinder Swindler. 

The year also marked the debut of 70% of Netflix’s all-time most-popular non-English movies, including Troll (Norway), All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany), Black Crab (Sweden), Through My Window (Spain), The Takedown (France), Loving Adults (Denmark) and My Name Is Vendetta (Italy).   

According to Netflix, subscribers spent more time watching returning seasons and sequels in 2022 than ever before, including “Stranger Things” season four, “Elite 6,” “The Crown” season five,Bridgerton” season two, The Umbrella Academy” season three, “Young Royals” season two,Big Mouth” season six, Cobra Kai” season five, “Ozark” season four, Sintonia” season three, Selling Sunset” season five, “Love Is Blind” season three, and movie sequels, Enola Holmes 2, Lost Bullet 2 and two 365 Days sequels. 

Netflix reported 60% of its subscribers watched a Korean title and the streamer had six of the top 10 most-searched K-Dramas in Korea with “Extraordinary Attorney Woo,” “Narco Saints,” “All of Us Are Dead,” “Twenty Five Twenty One,” “Business Proposal” and “Our Blues.”

“Extraordinary Attorney Woo” and “All Of Us Are Dead” became two of Netflix’s most-popular non-English shows ever. 

Netflix subs watched an average of six different genres a month — from historical drama with “The Empress” to Adam Sandler’s sports drama Hustle and romantic drama “Virgin River” season four, and the dark thriller “The Marked Heart.” 

Netflix: ‘Purple Hearts’ Tops English Films List, While ‘The Sandman’ No. 1 Series Through Aug. 7

Tthe romantic drama Purple Hearts topped Netflix’s English Films List with 102.59 million hours viewed, making it the most viewed title the week ended Aug. 7. Starring Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine, the film appeared in the top 10 in 93 countries.

In its third week, Ryan Gosling’s actioner The Gray Man pulled in an additional 38.9 million hours viewed. The film also entered the streamer’s “Most Popular” list in the sixth spot and has now amassed 223.93 million hours viewed. Love is in the air (or not) as Wedding Season entered the list with 18.6 million hours viewed and in the top 10 in 82 countries. The Sea Beast came in fifth with 14.34 million hours viewed. 

Over 30 years after the release of the initial comic book upon which it is based, Netflix subs are streaming “The Sandman,” which debuted in the No. 1 spot on the English TV list with 69.48 million hours viewed. Over the course of 10 episodes, audiences are taken on an epic fantasy where “dreams never die.” Starring Tom Sturridge, the dark fantasy series appeared in the Top 10 in 89 countries.

Meanwhile, the survival thriller “Keep Breathing” was No. 2 with 54.73 million hours viewed. While fans await season five, the drama in season four of “Virgin River” kept fans entertained. The series had 46.93 million hours viewed. In its 11th week, “Stranger Things” season four remained on the list with 44.76 million hours viewed, with season three closing out the list with 17.04 million hours viewed.

From Emmy Award-winning co-creators Darren Star and Jeffrey Richman, “Uncoupled” made its way onto the list with 26.52 million hours viewed. The rom-com starring Neil Patrick Harris was in the top 10 in 47 countries. With 20.28 million hours viewed, investigative docu-series “Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99″ gave members a glimpse into the festival gone wrong

On the non-English films list, new entrants pulled viewers in. Korean action-adventure Carter had 27.3 million hours viewed, Mexican comedy Don’t Blame Karma! had 12.31 million hours viewed, Indian dark comedy Darlings had 10.21 million hours viewed and German drama Buba had 3.08 million hours viewed.

Returning films on the list included Argentinian thriller Recurrence (11.37 million hours viewed), Filipino comedy The Entitled (6.46 million hours viewed), Polish comedy Too Old For Fairy Tales (4.07 million), German horror Blood Red Sky (2.59 million hours viewed), Indian action-adventure RRR (2.55 million hours viewed) and Taiwanese horror Incantation (2.43 million hours viewed). 

Fans also came back for some of their favorites. South Korean drama “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” came in No. 1 on the non-English TV List with 67.01 million hours viewed. Meanwhile, another K-drama “Alchemy of Souls” had 20.1 million hours viewed, Spanish romantic drama “Alba” had 17.37 million hours viewed, season two of Mexican drama “Rebelde” had 8.76 million hours viewed and Korean drama “Remarriage & Desires” had 7.54 million hours viewed. Entering the list for the first time was Turkish romantic drama “Anotherself” with 31.2 million hours viewed, and seasons one and two of “Good Morning Verônica,” with 9.26 million hours viewed and 14.79 million hours viewed, respectively.  

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‘The Gray Man,’ ‘Virgin River’ Stay No. 1 on Netflix’s Weekly English-Language Film and TV Lists

Netflix subscribers couldn’t get enough of the action in The Gray Man, which was the most-watched title the week ended July 31 with 96.47 million hours viewed. Starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas, the movie captuered the top 10 in 93 countries.

Keen viewers might have also caught a few Easter eggs, including Skittles, German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer and the Netflix documentary “Don’t F**k With Cats” in the movie. 

Purple Hearts made romance fans collectively swoon, entering the list week in the second spot with 48.23 million hours viewed. Starring Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine, the film follows a pair who agree to marry solely for military benefits despite their many differences. The Sea Beast continued to take fans on an animated maritime adventure with an additional 21.07 million hours viewed in its fourth week. Romance and action were the genres of choice for the rest of the list with Persuasion garnering 11.07 million hours, The Man From Toronto pulling in 7.62 million hours and Red Notice re-entering the list this week with 4.09 million hours viewed in the 10th spot.

The shocking cliffhangers and romantic twists of season four of “Virgin River” kept fans coming back for more, with the small-town drama in its second week dominating the English TV top 10 with 87.94 million hours viewed. Burning questions abound as fans gear up for season five, which is in production now.

Stranger Things” season four and the Hawkins crew held on strong in the second spot with 57.72 million hours viewed. New entrants to the list this week include survivor thriller mini-series “Keep Breathing” in the No. 3 spot with 48.09 million hours viewed, and documentary series “The Most Hated Man on the Internet,” chronicling one mother’s mission against “revenge porn king” Hunter Moore, in the sixth spot with 24.67 million hours.

South Korean drama “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” took the top spot on the non-English TV list with 65.63 million hours viewed, while Spanish thriller “Alba” came in the No. 2 spot with 33.52 million hours viewed. New to the list this week was Turkish romantic drama “Another Self,” with 18.1 million hours views, and season two of the Mexican teen drama “Rebelde,” with 15.31 million hours viewed.

On the non-English Films List, Argentinian crime thriller Recurrence debuted in the top spot with 23.16 million hours viewed, appearing in the top 10 in 79 countries. Following Perdida and Intuition, Luisana Lopilato stars in the final film of this trilogy based on the novels by Florencia Etcheves. The Polish family comedy Too Old for Fairy Tales continued with 11.45 million hours viewed in the No. 2 spot. Taiwanese horror Incantation, Filipino romantic comedy The Entitled and Indian action-adventure RRR were also on the list.

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Reelgood: Netflix’s ‘The Gray Man’ Topped Streaming Content Through July 27

Netflix’s $200 million spy thriller The Gray Man led all streamed movies and TV shows for the week, ended July 27, according to new data from Reelgood. Netflix once again had five titles in the top 10 with Persuasion, The Sea Beast, Incantation and series “Virgin River.”

Apple TV+ prison drama “Black Bird” debuted at No. 5, while other holdovers included “Better Call Saul” on AMC+, and Hulu’s “The Old Man,” “The Bear” and “Only Murders in the Building.”

The Reelgood top 10 ranking uses first-party data from how its 5 million users in the U.S. interact with movies and TV shows on the platform in real-time.

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Top 10 Shows and Movies of the Week

1. The Gray Man (Netflix)
2. “Better Call Saul” (AMC+)
3. “The Old Man” (Hulu)
4. Persuasion (Netflix)
5. “Black Bird” (Apple TV+)
6. The Sea Beast (Netflix)
7. “The Bear” (Hulu)
8. Incantation (Netflix)
9. “Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu)
10. “Virgin River” (Netflix)

Netflix Greenlights ‘The Gray Man’ Movie Sequel and Spin-Off Film

Following the successful release of The Gray Man this past weekend, in which the Ryan Gosling actioner debuted as the No. 1 movie in 92 countries, Netflix is cementing plans for the IP to become a major spy franchise. The Gray Man, which is already a favorite with a 91% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, is based on the best-selling book series by Mark Greaney.

A sequel to The Gray Man is now in development with Gosling and directors Joe and Anthony Russo set to return. The Russos and AGBO’s Mike Larocca will produce along with Joe Roth and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum for Roth Kirschenbaum Films, according to Netflix. 

The movie’s co-writer Stephen McFeely (The Electric State, Avengers: Endgame, Captain America: Civil War) is writing the script.

The audience reaction has been nothing short of phenomenal,” directors Joe and Anthony Russo said in a joint statement. “With so many amazing characters in the movie, we had always intended for The Gray Man to be part of an expanded universe, and we are thrilled that Netflix is announcing a sequel, as well as a second script that we’re excited to talk about soon.”

The spin-off film, written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Deadpool, Zombieland) is set to explore a different element of storyline’s universe. The logline is being kept under wraps.

The Gray Man is the third film from AGBO to premiere on Netflix, and the company’s second consecutive debut at No. 1 worldwide on the streamer. AGBO’s 2020 movie Extraction, starring Chris Hemsworth, is the fifth most-popular film on Netflix, and has a sequel to be released on Netflix in 2023.

“The Russos delivered an edge-of-your-seat spectacle that audiences around the world are loving,” said Scott Stuber, head of global film at Netflix. “We’re excited to continue to partner with the team at AGBO as they build out The Gray Man universe.”

Netflix: ‘The Gray Man’ Tops Films List; ‘Virgin River’ Enters TV List at No. 1

The Netflix original movie The Gray Man clinched the top spot on the service’s English-language top 10 list for the week ended July 24. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the action spy thriller starring Ryan Gosling tallied 88.55 million hours viewed.

A favorite among fans with a Rotten Tomatoes audience score of 91%, the star-studded film also features Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jessica Henwick, Rege-Jean Page, Wagner Moura, Julia Butters, Dhanush, with Alfre Woodard and Billy Bob Thornton, was tops in 84 countries. Fans will get to see more of Ryan Gosling, who is set to star in a newly announced sequel of the film, based on the book series by Mark Greaney. 

The Sea Beast continued to make waves as the animated film pulled in an additional 34.14 million hours viewed. In its third week, the film appeared in the top 10 in 92 countries. Fans were in the mood for a love story as Persuasion had 29.04 million hours viewed and was in the Top 10 in 91 countries. Meanwhile, The Man From Toronto and Girl in the Picture had 8.79 million hours viewed and 7.36 million hours viewed, respectively. 

Meanwhile, among episodic programs, Netflix said Season 4 of “Virgin River” returned at No. 1 with 105.44 million hours viewed. The small-town drama, based on the Virgin River book series, was in the top 10 in 71 countries on the English TV List. The Hawkins crew came in No. 2 as “Stranger Things” season four had 74.99 million hours viewed, with the first three seasons holding on strong. The Duffer Bros. series now sits at 1.33 billion hours viewed on the “Most Popular” list.

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Separately, a zombie apocalypse couldn’t keep streamers away from New Racoon City as “Resident Evil” came in No. 3 with 73.26 million hours viewed. Animated series “Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight” had 21.02 million hours viewed. Closing out the list was “The Umbrella Academy” with 18.25 million hours viewed.

On the non-English-language movie list, new entrants included Polish coming-of-age story Too Old for Fairy Tales with 10.88 million hours viewed and Spanish drama Live Is Life with 7.17 million hours viewed. Returning favorites included Tawainese horror Incantation, Spanish action-adventure Valley of the Dead, French drama Dangerous Liaisons, Indian dramedy Jaadugar, Italian rom-com Under the Amalfi Sun, French documentary My Daughter’s Killer and Indian action-adventure RRR

Meanwhile, on the non-English TV list drama series pulled in streamers. Spain’s “Alba” had 57.74 million hours viewed, Korea’s “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” had 55.07 million hours viewed, “Remarriage & Desires” with 31.51 million hours viewed, “Alchemy of the Souls” with 15.76 million hours viewed and Brazil’s “Sintonia” with 9.24 million hours viewed.