Netflix: Sci-Fi Dark Comedy ‘Don’t Look Up’ Tops Weekly Streaming Chart

Netflix’s new original sci-fi dark comedy Don’t Look Up topped the streamer’s weekly top 10 chart (through Dec. 26) with 111 million hours viewed across 94 countries. Featuring an ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett, the movie showcases two low-level astronomers embarking on a global media tour to warn people about a planet-killing comet hurtling toward earth.

The movie dwarfed the previous week’s chart topper, The Unforgivable, starring Sandra Bullock, which tracked more than 26 million hours in its third week of release. The drama, with 186.9 million hours after three weeks, marks Bullock’s second movie after Bird Box (282 million hours) to rank among Netflix’s top 10 most popular English-language films within its first 28 days of release.

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Other Netflix charting titles included: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (26.5 million hours), Back to the Outback (24.7 million), Spider-Man: Homecoming (20 million), The Christmas Chronicles (12.9 million), Red Notice (12.1 million), A California Christmas: City Lights (11.6 million), The Christmas Chronicles Part Two (10.9 million) and A Boy Called Christmas (9.1 million).

‘The Unforgivable’ Sandra Bullock Again Rules Netflix Weekly Streaming

Actress Sandra Bullock and Netflix make good chemistry. Bullock’s post-incarceration drama, The Unforgivable, dominated Netflix’s global streaming for a second week with 74.4 million hours viewed through Dec. 19. The movie easily topped Back to the Outback and A California Christmas: City Lights with 38.9 million hours and 22.8 million hours, respectively.

The Unforgivable ranked in the Top 10 in 94 countries, while Back to the Outback ranked in 92 countries and California Christmas rated in 73 countries. Longtime chart polesitter Red Notice remains ranked in the Top 10 in 76 countries.

Indeed, the actioner starring Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds and Dwayne Johnson, remains Netflix’s all-time top-performing movie after 28 days with 364 million hours — besting the previous chart topper, Bullock’s 2018 post-apocalyptic horror film, Bird Box, with 282 million hours after 28 days.

Rounding out Netflix’s Top 10 streamed movies after 28 days of release was Extraction with 231.3 million hours viewed; The Irishman with 214.5 million; The Kissing Booth 2 (209.2 million); Six Underground (205.4 million); Spencer Confidential (197.3 million); Enola Holmes (189.9 million); Army of the Dead (186.5 million); and The Old Guard (185.7 million).

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Other top-streaming movies in Netflix territories include catalog releases Spider-Man: Homecoming (9.3 million hours) in 49 countries; John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (8.7 million hours) in 20 countries; The Christmas Chronicles (8.4 million) in 14 countries; The Christmas Chronicles 2 (7.8 million); and A Boy Called Christmas with 7.2 million hours in 22 countries.

Among TV shows, season two of “The Witcher” dominates streaming with 142.4 million hours streamed for the Dec. 13-19 period. The tally is almost three times the 49 million hours streamed for season one.


Netflix: Sandra Bullock Drama ‘The Unforgivable’ Dominates Weekly Streaming

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”).

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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 ElvesThe 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.