Twenty-two days. That is all the time that has passed between April 30 and May 21. And during those 22 days, many movies thrived on the Netflix platform. From The woman in the window to Dead Man Down to Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, the Top 10 charts were filled with well-known cast of movies.
But none of those movies went as viral as Netflix’s latest animated hit. In fact, it could be argued that no film has it ever been so dominant.
The film? The Mitchells versus the machines, which has now spent its first 22 days on Netflix’s Top 10 charts. And while that’s a feat many other films have achieved since the Top 10 list was drawn in February 2020, perhaps no film has been so assertive during its reign of power.
Take Bigfoot familyor for example – another animated movie that handily checked the Top 10 earlier this year. That movie started its Netflix run with six consecutive days at the # 1 position on the daily charts, and went on to make 26 appearances on the list.
Or take Thunder Force, which was only on the charts for 23 days, but managed to score 187 points during that time (you can read more about the Netflix points system here). When the movie came off the Top 10 charts on May 1, Thunder Force had not only accumulated the 11th points ever in the Top 10 era, but had also accumulated more points than any other 2021 release.
But that has all changed in the past week The Mitchells versus the machines brought his score to 209 points this year. And unlike Thunder Force, Netflix’s latest animated movie is not slowing down as it is approaching its 23rd day in the Top 10. To this day, The Mitchells versus the machines has not fallen below third place on the daily charts. And in a few days it is likely that the movie will be successful Hubie Halloween to officially become one of the top ten most popular movies on Netflix since the Top 10 list was established.
These are the current 20 most popular movies on Netflix in the Top 10 era, according to my formula:
- Despicable Me – 428 points
- We Can Be Heroes – 420 points
- The Grinch – 349 points
- The Secret Life of Pets 2 – 318 points
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas – 299 points
- The Angry Birds Movie 2 – 284 points
- 365 days – 282 points
- The Christmas Chronicles 2 – 241 points
- Spenser Confidential – 239 points
- Hubie Halloween – 224 points
- The Mitchells vs. The Machines – 201 points
- Thunder Force – 187 points
- The Wrong Missy – 187 points
- The Lorax – 186 points
- Extraction – 182 points
- Angel Has Fallen – 182 points
- The Old Guard – 179 points
- Project Power – 179 points
- Yes day – 176 points
- Bigfoot Family – 171 points
This ranking lists three other releases for 2021: Thunder Force, Yes Day and Bigfoot family. And while all those movies had impressive screenings in the Top 10 charts (for example Yeah bye have been in first place for nine consecutive days, which is a milestone that only five other films had reached at the time), none of them were able to match The Mitchells versus the machines has done in the past 22 days.
The film began its Netflix run with 14 consecutive days in the # 1 position – a feat of just two other films, Spenser Confidential and Hubie Halloween, has achieved. Since then, The Mitchells versus the machines has been in second place for five more days – and hasn’t dropped below third to this day.
That is not only The Mitchells versus the machines the best new release for Netflix in 2021, but it could very well be in the middle of the most impressive Top 10 run ever. While Spenser Confidential had a longer # 1 streak last year with 18 consecutive days, that movie also came out of the Top 10 after 26 days. The Mitchells versus the machines can last longer, then we can witness an absolutely legendary showing unmatched by any other movie on Netflix.
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