So far in 2022, Netflix has released over 50 original movies, an average of around three new features every week. And yet, if you browse through the company’s data website, where you can see the top ten movies and shows in every country in the world where Netflix is offered, you’ll see that despite all these new titles created expressly for the company and its customers, the most popular movies on Netflix right now aren’t usually originals.
Last week, for example, of the top ten movies on Netflix in the US, only one was made by Netflix; comedy in spanish Honeymoon with my mother. The others are all older films made by traditional Hollywood studios. Interestingly, in many cases, these are movies that were box office flops in theaters the first time around. For some reason, these titles are now finding large audiences on Netflix.
See for yourself. Below are ten flops (if not full fledged bombs) that are currently popular worldwide on Netflix according to the company’s own website. In some cases, I speculate on potential reasons why audiences are drawn to these titles right now. In other cases, I am totally baffled. All I know for sure is that the good people of Iceland can’t get enough of Jeff Bridges’ fantastic films.
Flops that are now inexplicable hits on Netflix
These films were a major flop in theaters. But Netflix subscribers can’t stop watching them.