The Gray Man: Netflix only gets eight days at No. 1 for $200 million

“Purple Hearts” is Netflix’s new chart-topping film, a low-budget original romance starring Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine.

After eight days, it’s over. This is how long the Russo Bros. ‘The Gray Man’ tops Netflix’s national chart for most-watched films – to be replaced by the new version of another Netflix original, ‘Purple Hearts’, a low-budget military romance starring the singer-actress Sofia Carson (“Descendants”) and Nicholas Galitzine (“Cinderella”). “The Gray Man” hasn’t gone away — it’s dropped to No. 2 — but that can’t have been Netflix’s expectation for a $200 million action movie from the makers of “Avengers: Endgame,” the biggest theatrical release in six years, starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas.

The streamer reported that “Gray” racked up over 88 million watch hours worldwide in its debut weekend, the fifth highest for an original film. That’s 60 million fewer hours than last year’s “Red Notice” starring Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot. “Red” has spent 12 days as No. 1, including two full weekends, but more important is the staying power of an expensive original. “Red” placed in the top 10 over 11 weeks; “Gray” will need to stay until mid-October to accomplish the same, with total hours considered the most important metric.

New to the Netflix chart this week are Argentinian mystery “Recurrence” at No. 4 and documentary “Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl” at No. 7.

“Sing 2”

Universal

“Sing 2,” which spent more days on a Netflix No. 1 than “Gray,” is still No. 3, the highest among non-original titles. Its staying power is impressive: it spent five weeks in the top three, and that’s after five weeks on VOD and $162 million in theaters. It’s a performance that bolsters the argument that extended play improves performance on a streamer.

VOD has remained mostly static this week with no recent theatrical releases for inventory. “Jurassic World: Dominion” (Universal/$19.99) remains #1 on Vudu (ranked by revenue) as well as iTunes and Google Play (both ranked by activity). This is the third week for its lead across the board, which was last accomplished by “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (Sony) when it became a unanimous No. 1 for five weeks.

Universal, including its Focus unit, continues strong with 11 of the 30 slots on the cards. Their standard early release of titles after the third or fifth weekend of theatrical play (depending on the raw opening weekend) continues to show strong results. “The Black Phone,” also at $19.99, is still #2 on iTunes and Google Play.

Aside from the two Universal titles, “Uncharted” (Sony/$5.99) and “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” (Warner Bros./$5.99) are on all three charts.

The only new entry this week is “Green Lantern: Beware My Power” (Warner Bros./$19.99). DC Comics’ original made-for-home viewing is the fifth title in its series of animated Tomorrowverse titles, which began with “Superman: Man of Tomorrow” in 2020. Warners released it for home viewing a few days after its release. “DC League of Super-Pets” debut in theaters, where it opened at No. 1 but below expectations at $23 million.

August’s sequel should be livelier on VOD, with releases expected for “Thor: Love and Thunder” and “Lightyear” (Disney) as well as “Minions: The Rise of Gru” and “Nope” (Universal) . Still to be determined are “Top Gun: Maverick” (Paramount) and “Elvis” (Warner Bros.); their strong theatrical grips may mean home viewers will keep waiting.

iTunes and Google Play rank movies daily based on the number of transactions. These are the lists for August 1st. The distributors listed are the current rights holders.

itunes

1. Jurassic World: Domination (Universal) – $19.99

2. Everything everywhere at once (A24) – $4.99

3. Uncharted (Sony)- $5.99

4. The Black Phone (Universal) – $19.99

5. Downton Abbey: The New Era (Tune Up) – $5.99

6. The bad guys (Universal) – $5.99

7. The unbearable weight of massive talent (Lions Gate) – $5.99

8. The Northman (Tune Up) – $5.99

9. Highway to Heaven (Lions Gate) – $6.99

10. Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets (Warner Brothers) – $5.99

google play

1. Jurassic World: Domination (Universal) – $19.99

2. The Black Phone (Universal) – $19.99

3. Everything everywhere at once (A24) – $4.99

4. Uncharted (Sony)- $5.99

5. The unbearable weight of massive talent (Lions Gate) – $5.99

6. Morbius (Sony)- $5.99

7. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Priority) – $4.99

8. Spider-Man: No Coming Home (Sony)- $5.99

9. Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets (Warner Bros.) – $5.99

10. The Lost City (Priority) – $4.99

Vudu

Vudu ranks by revenue, not transactions, which elevates Premium VOD titles. This listing covers July 25-31

1. Jurassic World: Domination (Universal) – $19.99

2. The Black Phone (Universal) – $19.99

3. Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets (Warner Bros.) – $5.99

4. Villains (Universal) – $5.99

5. Justice League (244 min version) (Warner Bros.) – $14.99

6. Doctor Strange in Madness Multi-Verse (Disney) – $5.99

7. Uncharted (Sony)- $5.99

8. Green Lantern: Beware of My Power (Warner Bros.) – $19.99

9. Highway to Heaven (Lions Gate) – $6.99

10. The Northman (Tune Up) – $5.99

Netflix Movies

Most Viewed, current ranking on Netflix’s Daily Chart as of Monday, August 1. Originals include both Netflix-produced and acquired titles that it initially shows in the United States. Netflix releases its own weekly top 10 on Tuesdays based on watch time.

1. Purple Hearts (Netflix Original 2022)

2. The Gray Man (Netflix Original 2022)

3. Sing 2 (theatrical release 2021)

4. Recidivism (Argentine Netflix Original 2022)

5. Les Miserables (theatrical release 2019)

6. Sea Beast (2022 Netflix animated original)

7. Shania Twain: Not just a girl (Netflix Original British Documentary from 2022)

8. The Toronto Man (Netflix Original 2022)

9. 12 Loud (theatrical release 2018)

ten. Persuasion (UK Netflix Original 2022)

Register: Stay up to date with the latest film and TV news! Sign up for our email newsletters here.

About Michael Sauers

Check Also

Netflix’s Best Original Action Movies, Ranked

The hit streaming service has been leading the charge for years with its groundbreaking, award-winning …