We’re a month and change away from finally getting through 2020. And it cannot get here fast enough. Some studios ventured out into the streaming platforms to get their 2020 films out to the public instead of hoping the pandemic would magically end the next quarter. So far that wait and see approach hasn’t worked out very well.
Not so shockingly, Hamilton the Movie topped the list according to ScreenEngine/ASI, a group that surveyed 1,200 U.S. streaming film viewers age 13-64 weekly on the movies they’ve watched within seven days of a film’s release. In a report by Variety, the big surprise was Sasha Baron Cohen’s Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which recently completed its first week of steaming.
The rest of the Top 10 was pretty interesting with a good mix of films that wasn’t dominated by any one genre. I’m curious how this would have played out if more of the big highly anticipated 2020 blockbusters like Wonder Woman 1984, Black Widow and No Time to Die went the streaming route instead of pushing their films to 2021.
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Of note the only true blockbuster style film, Mulan, made the cut despite an additional $30 charge for Disney+ users. This is even more impressive given the news that the film would be available for regular Disney+ customers in December.
Here’s the full Top 10
- Hamilton (Disney+)
- Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Amazon Prime)
- My Spy (Amazon Prime)
- Extraction (Netflix)
- Phineas & Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe (Disney+)
- Mulan (Disney+)
- The Old Guard (Netflix)
- The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)
- Roald Dahl’s The Witches (HBO Max)
- The Lovebirds (Netflix)
Given their incentive to create original content to battle each other it wasn’t surprising that Netflix and Disney+ dominate the list. Still, Amazon Prime has two of the top three films and their efforts to lock up likely hits like Coming to America 2 seems like a smart strategy.
How many films on this list have you seen or planning to check out?