While the world was busy cowering away in their homes with family, trying to win the war against a raging viral outbreak that had left thousands dead in just a few months. Netflix and other streaming platforms were getting their fair share of activity.
Based on the data collected by JustWatch for over 66 countries during Q2, it was found out that Netflix was the market leader in 61 of them. Prime Video was in the lead in Germany, Austria and India at the time while BluTV was leading in Turkey, with iQiyi in China. Note that Netflix is not currently available in China.
Streaming platforms have continued to grow exponentially, with the industry considered to be a billion-dollar investment which is why companies like Disney launched their own Disney Plus bringing popular shows like the Mandalorian to the big screen.
Today, we get to share data with you on some of the most-watched movies and TV shows globally that was compiled by JustWatch, which is an international Streaming Guide with more than 20 million users.
The top 10 movies and TV show titles watched globally in Q2
First, let’s start off with the movies and see which ones made the top 10 list;
1. Knives Out
Knives Out is a 2019 mystery film written and directed by Rian Johnson, and produced by Johnson and Ram Bergman. The film follows the story of a master detective investigating the patriarch’s death after a family gathering gone awry.
If you haven’t watched this masterpiece yet, we recommend you do as soon as possible. The film features an ensemble cast, including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, and Christopher Plummer.
The South Korean black comedy thriller surely surprised many after it became the first Korean film to win the Palme d’Or. It also cemented its spot after it won a leading four awards at the 92nd Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film becoming the first non-English language film to do so.
The film was directed by Bong Joon-ho, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Han Jin-won. It stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Jang Hye-jin, and Lee Jung-eun and follows the members of a poor family who scheme to become employed by a wealthy family by infiltrating their household and posing as unrelated, highly qualified individuals.
If you love World War movies with a deep story, then 1917 is the right one for you. The British war film was directed and produced by Sam Mendes, and written by Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns.
1917 stars George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, with Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch in supporting roles.
Despite the mixed reviews, Joker wasn’t a bad film, with Joaquin Phoenix doing a great job playing the comic book character that is known for his dark and gritty nature.
Joker is a psychological thriller film directed and produced by Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver. It’s based on DC Comics characters and provides a possible origin story for the character.
5. Jojo Rabbit
Surprised? Don’t be. The film itself is what some would describe as a genius and surprising tale, after all, it follows the story of Jojo, who is a lonely German boy who discovers that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic, while at the same time he is aided by his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler as he confronts his blind nationalism as World War II continues to rage on.
The film was directed and written by Taika Waititi, who is behind amazing titles like Thor: Ragnarok and Hunt for The Wilderpeople. He brings his signature style of humour and pathos to this satire film.
6. Little Women
Little Women is a coming-of-age period drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig. It is the seventh film adaptation of the 1868 novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. It chronicles the lives of the March sisters—Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth—in Concord, Massachusetts, during the 19th century, years after the Civil War.
7. The Lighthouse
If you think black and white movies are out of fashion, then you are wrong. Lighthouse managed to pull it off well. The film follows the story of two lighthouse keepers who try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
Considered as one of those really good psychological thrillers, the film was directed and produced by Robert Eggers (a visionary filmmaker behind modern horror masterpiece The Witch) and co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Max Eggers. It also stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.
Despite being a 2011 movie, Contagion saw its highest peak during the coronavirus lockdown period as many took it as a direct reference to what was happening to the world.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Scott Z. Burns, the film follows the spread of a virus transmitted when sick humans touch surfaces and leave the virus behind that others can catch. Sounds familiar, right? The movie itself ensembles a great cast which includes Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Ehle, and Sanaa Lathan.
9. Ford v Ferrari
It is always fun watching movies that get to talk about old rivalries between big corporations, and Ford v Ferrari has a nice way of showcasing it. This entertaining sports drama was directed by James Mangold and written by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, and Jason Keller.
It also puts together a great cast of stars which includes the likes of Matt Damon and Christian Bale, with Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, and Ray McKinnon in supporting roles.
10. Once Upon Time in… Hollywood
When Quentin Tarantino steps up to direct something, just be prepared to have your mind blown because he’s good at doing that. When you watch this movie for the first time, you think you have the entire story figured out at the start but oh boy, you will be surprised.
Once Upon Time in Hollywood is a comedy-drama film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino that features a large ensemble cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.
The top 10 TV Shows
Now that we have the movies covered, let’s move on to the TV shows/series that topped the streaming services, and you shouldn’t be caught off-guard by some of the titles that you are about to read about.
1. Killing Eve
Where would we be without our famous, crazy, and brilliant Russian assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and her weird obsession with a British intelligence investigator named Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh). If you haven’t watched Killing Eve yet, then it’s a shame because it’s a pretty good TV show.
2. Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Cartoon Network’s late-night programming block Adult Swim. This animated series has gained a huge cult following for its impressive storytelling and comedy.
The series follows the misadventures of cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his good-hearted but fretful grandson Morty Smith, who split their time between domestic life and interdimensional adventures. It has five seasons so far.
3. Modern Family
Modern Family is an American television mockumentary family sitcom created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan for the ABC. It ran for eleven seasons, from September 23, 2009 to April 8, 2020.
The sitcom tells the story of three modern-day families from California that try to deal with their kids, quirky spouses and jobs in their own unique ways, often falling into hilarious situations.
This TV series may not be for everyone but it does have its charm. Starring Oscar and Emmy winner Kevin Costner, the series follows the conflicts along the shared borders of a large cattle ranch, an Indian reservation, and land developers.
5. The Office
The Office is actually a good sitcom, and will bring you to your knees with its hilarious scenes. The TV series follows the story of a motley group of office workers who go through hilarious misadventures at the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.
Spy thriller TV series have always been a big catch for many and Homeland is one of them. The television series was developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa and is based on the Israeli series, Prisoners of War, which was created by Gideon Raff.
With a total of 8 seasons, Homeland stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a CIA officer with bipolar disorder, that believes Damian Lewis (Nicholas Brody), a U.S. Marine Corps Scout Sniper who was held captive by al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war, was turned by the enemy and poses a threat to the United States.
7. Grey’s Anatomy
Making its debut in 2005, Grey’s Anatomy has made a tremendous impact on the medical drama scene with a total of 16 seasons, which is no surprise that many took the time to binge watch the entire show all over again during the pandemic period.
8. The Legend of Korra
The Legend of Korra is an animated follow-up series to “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and is set 70 years after the events of “Avatar” and follows Korra, the next Avatar after Aang, who is from the Southern Water Tribe.
With earth, water and fire under her belt, Korra must master the art of air-bending. Korra’s quest leads her to Republic City, a virtual melting pot where benders and no benders live together. The show aired from 2005 to 2008 with a total of 52 episodes, separated in 4 chapters.
This science fiction Western and dystopian television series isn’t for the faint hearted, as it brings an evolving story about a fictional, technologically advanced Wild-West-themed amusement park populated by android “hosts”.
Created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and produced by HBO, Westworld is based on the 1973 film of the same name (written and directed by Michael Crichton) and, to a lesser extent, the film’s 1976 sequel Futureworld.
Outlander is a historical drama television series based on the novel series of the same name by Diana Gabaldon. Developed by Ronald D. Moore, the show premiered on August 9, 2014, on Starz.
It stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a married former World War II nurse who in 1945 finds herself transported back to Scotland in 1743. There she encounters the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings.
Apart from the above-mentioned movies and TV shows, what others do you think deserve to be on this list? Which title do you think deserves a mention.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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