A Closer Look At The 5 Movies Dominating Netflix Around The World

An erotic thriller, a sweet romantic drama, an action comedy about vampire hunters, and a drama about two young men who marry solely for military benefits. Those are descriptions of the biggest English-language Netflix movies in the world right now. And, in fact, not much has changed for a couple of weeks, with one important exception.

You can draw any conclusions about that fact, based on the latest Netflix Top 10 data, that you want. It could be due, for example, to a slowdown in the availability of new quality offers to enjoy from the streamer. Or maybe as a result of high-profile movies from a week or more ago being strong enough to attract new viewers. Maybe a little of both.

The best Netflix movies (from August 22 to 28)

At the bottom of this post, you’ll find the top 5 Netflix movies that the streamer says are drawing the most viewers right now (with data up to August 28). To be more specific, these were the most viewed titles. as identified by Netflix’s weekly breakdown of viewing activity on the platform, across its entire user base worldwide.

The two main movies we’ll talk about in more detail first, including their Netflix trailers and streamer log lines.

Personal time

First up, at No. 1 this week worldwide is the Kevin Hart/Mark Wahlberg comedy game. Personal time.

Netflix’s tagline for the film: “When a stay-at-home dad finds himself with some ‘me time’ for the first time in years while his wife and kids are away, he reconnects with his former best friend for a wild weekend that almost changed his life.”

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(L-R) Mark Wahlberg as Huck, Regina Hall as Maya, and Kevin Hart as Sonny in the Netflix movie “Me Time.” Image Source: Saeed Adyani/Netflix

What’s interesting about this movie is that it’s been torched by critics who think it’s pretty terrible (with a measly 6% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes). A lot of times when critics are so harsh on a movie, you’ll see the audience go to the complete opposite extreme, but not in this case. Audience feedback for Personal time It’s also been pretty bad (29% on Rotten Tomatoes). So no one likes it…but hey, #1 on Netflix!

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look both ways

Meanwhile, Netflix’s #2 movie worldwide this week is a romantic drama starring Lili Reinhart. In look both ways, the main character (Natalie, played by Reinhart) sees what happens when her life is split in two directions. Netflix synopsis: “On the eve of her college graduation, Natalie [Lili Reinhart] life diverges into parallel realities. One where she gets pregnant and stays in her hometown, and one where she doesn’t and moves to Los Angeles.

“On both trips, Natalie experiences life-changing love, pursues her dream career as an artist, and rediscovers herself.”

The movie hasn’t really proven to be a hit with critics, but never mind. Audiences have responded more or less warmly to the film (which has a 71% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes at the moment).


All of that being said, here are the Netflix movies that the streamer says are currently the biggest in their entire global user base right now. Additionally, it is also important to note that this data covers the 7-day period ending August 28.

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Netflix releases this data snapshot once a week, every Tuesday.

  1. Personal time — 59.2 million hours viewed
  2. look both ways — 29.8 million hours viewed
  3. The next 365 days — 27 million hours viewed
  4. Day shift — 20.4 million hours viewed
  5. purple hearts — 12.3 million hours viewed

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