Netflix continues to become the premier source for entertainment in 2020, especially with people staying indoors even more due to… well, you know. The streaming giant recently had its third-quarter earnings report and it brought to the table some big-time information about what was popular over the summer. One of those includes the most-streamed original film of the summer.
According to Netflix (via Variety), The Old Guard was the most streamed Netflix film during the second quarter of 2020. The streaming giant claims that 78 million subscriber households checked out the action film starring Charlize Theron. This is supposedly during the first four weeks of the film being available on the streaming platform. The film is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and written by Greg Rucka, based on his comic book of the same name.
Along with this info, Netflix says that other original films performed very well. Project Power allegedly drew 75 million subscriber viewers during the same time frame, and The Kissing Booth 2 reportedly had 66 million households give it a peek in just 28 days of release. And the streaming giant believes that their new original film Enola Holmes will reach 76 million subscriber households in the same four week time frame.
As always, it is important to remember that these figures are self-reported by Netflix and their points of measurement for this data could be heavily skewed. the refrain with these reported numbers has become more about popularity than time spent viewing. Supposedly, Netflix counts anything longer than two minutes of viewing time into these overall numbers. It certainly means that a large number of their subscriber base at least checked out The Old Guard, but there is no given data as to how many subscriber households watched the entire running time of the movie.
Still, it seems like a good showing for The Old Guard, which was a decent enough little movie. It certainly sounds like Netflix is more than happy with its performance as sequel talks are already underway. along with the news that the streaming giant wants to produce a sequel to the action thriller Atomic Blonde, it certainly seems like Netflix wants to stay in the Charlize Theron action movie business for the foreseeable future.
With this and the recent data showing films like Extraction and 6 Underground being big draws for the streaming platform, it seems like Netflix might be focusing even more on genre action efforts in the future. That seems to be the thing that the majority of their subscriber base gets immediately interested in. The streaming giant is definitely upping its level of production value for such ventures. It probably won’t be long before we see a truly substantial and significant intellectual property get the blockbuster treatment from Netflix. They have already proven that with their many original series.
Did you watch The Old Guard on Netflix over the summer? What were your thoughts on it? Are you looking forward to a sequel with Charlize Theron back in ass-kicking mode? Let us know!