Netflix is continuing to move into the original production space. Over the last few years, as the pandemic condemned us all to sit in our houses and watching copious amounts of Netflix, the globe has racked up some truly impressive viewing figures. While the pandemic offered the perfect chance to binge-watch series after series, another winner was the ream of Netflix Original films the streaming platform has released recently.
No longer are big-budget feature films the stuff of Hollywood dreams. With Netflix’s huge distribution power, it quickly became a place for new and interesting feature film projects came to flourish. Proof of that can be found below with the ten most popular Netflix Original films ever.
The list has arisen from the streaming platform’s new commitment to being more transparent with their community. Perhaps in a bid to try and contract even better directors and actors or, perhaps, just in a thinly veiled jab at Disney + following their recent Scarlett Johnasson debacle. Either way, the ten most popular Netflix films in history is always likely to get tongues wagging.
One thing must be noted when perusing the list: thanks to the aforementioned global pandemic, the ream of new releases that were likely readied for a 2021 opening were all pushed back meaning that many of the platform’s older releases reside near the top spot.
In fact, Netflix’s most popular Original film comes from 2018 and their immense Sandra Bullock-led thriller Bird Box. It amassed a huge 82 million streams during its first 28 days on the site.
Chris Hemsworth picks up silver with his film Extraction while the gangster epic, directed by Martin Scorsese and featuring the triumvirate of Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro is left languishing in third place with 215 million streams in its first 28 days.
Below, you can find the full list of Netflix’smost popular Original films. How many have you crossed off the list?
Most popular Netflix Original films:
- Bird Box (2018) – 282 million
- Extraction (2020) – 231 million
- The Irishman (2019) – 215 million
- The Kissing Booth 2 (2020) – 209 million
- 6 Underground (2019) – 205 million
- Spenser Confidential (2020) – 197 million
- Enola Holmes (2020) – 190 million
- Army of the Dead (2021) – 187 million
- The Old Guard (2020) – 186 million
- Murder Mystery (2019) – 170 million