Netflix spent $200 million on The Gray Man and took 8 days at #1

Eight days later, it was over. This is how long it takes for Russo Bros. “gray man“topped up NetflixThe local chart of most-watched movies – only to be replaced by another Netflix Original,”purple hearts‘a low-budget military-immigrant romance starring singer-actress Sophia Carson (“Descendants”) and Nicholas Galtzen (“Cinderella”). ‘The Gray Man’ hasn’t gone away—it’s dropped to number two—but that can’t be Netflix’s expectation. For the $200 million action movie from directors of “Avengers: Endgame,” the biggest theatrical release in the last six years, starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas.

Streamer reported that “Gray” grossed over 88 million hours of worldwide viewing for its first weekend, the fifth highest for an original film. That’s 60 million hours shorter than last year’s “Red Notice” starring Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot. “Red” had 12 days in the top spot, including two full weekends, but most importantly the staying power of the expensive original. “Red” was placed in the top ten over an 11-week period; Gray will need to stay until mid-October to achieve the same, with total hours being the most important metric.

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New on the Netflix chart this week is the Argentine mystery “Recurrence” at number four and the documentary “Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl” at number seven.

“Sing 2” – Credit: Universal


“Sing 2,” which has spent more days at Netflix #1 than “Gray,” is still at number three, the highest among non-original titles. Her staying power is impressive: she’s spent five weeks in the top three, and that’s after five weeks VOD and $162 million domestically in theaters. It’s a performance that reinforces the argument that extended plays enhance performance on a streaming device.

Video on demand has remained mostly flat this week without the recent theatrical releases of the stock. “Jurassic World: Dominion” (global/$19.99) is still #1 on Vudu (ranked by revenue) as well as on iTunes and Google Play (both ranked by activity). This is the third week of his overall lead, something that was last accomplished by “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (Sony) when he unanimously became No. 1 for five weeks.

Universal, including its focus unit, is still going strong with 11 of 30 apertures on the charts. Their early record release of titles after their third or fifth weekend of theatrical play (depending on the total opening weekend) continues to show solid results. “The Black Phone” at $19.99 is still second on iTunes and Google Play.

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

The only new entry this week is “Green Lantern: Beware My Power” ($19.99). The original DC Comics home-made show is the fifth title in the Tomorrowverse animated series, which began with “Superman: Man of Tomorrow” in 2020. Warners released it for home viewing just days after it debuted “DC League of Super-Pets” In theaters, it opened first but fell short of expectations at $23 million.

The rest of August should be more lively for VOD, with expected availability of “Thor: Love and Thunder,” “Lightyear” (Disney) as well as “Minions: The Rise of Gru” and “Nope” (Universal). TBD is still “Top Gun: Maverick” (Paramount) and “Elvis” (Warner Bros.); Strong initial bookings could mean home viewers will have to wait.

iTunes and Google Play rank the movies daily by number of transactions. These are the August 1 listings. Listed distributors are the current rights holders.


1. Jurassic period World: Dominion (Global) – $19.99

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

3. Unknown (Sony) – $5.99

4. Black phone (Global) – $19.99

5. Downton Abbey: The New Age (Focus) – $5.99

6. Bad guys (Global) – $5.99

7. The unbearable weight of tremendous talent (Lionsgate) – $5.99

8. Northman (Focus) – $5.99

9. Heaven’s Path (Lionsgate) – $6.99

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

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1. Jurassic period World: Dominion (Global) – $19.99

2. Black phone (Global) – $19.99

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

4. unknown (Sony) – $5.99

5. The unbearable weight of tremendous talent (Lionsgate) – $5.99

6. Morbius (Sony) – $5.99

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

8. Spider-Man: There’s no going back (Sony) – $5.99

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

10. The Lost City (Paramount) – $4.99


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

1. Jurassic period World: Dominion (Global) – $19.99

2. Black phone (Global) – $19.99

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

4. Bad guys (Global) – $5.99

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

6. Dr. Gharib in the Multiple Verses of Insanity (Disney) – $5.99

7. Unknown (Sony) – $5.99

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

9. Heaven’s Path (Lionsgate) – $6.99

10. Nortthey (Focus) – $5.99

Netflix movies

The current most-watched ranking on Netflix’s daily chart on Monday, August 1. The originals include both titles originally produced and acquired from Netflix in the United States.

1. Purple Hearts (Netflix original 2022 release)

2. The Gray Man (Netflix original 2022 release)

3. Sing 2 (theatrical release 2021)

4. Repetition (2022 Argentine Netflix Original)

5. The Wretched (2019 theatrical release)

6. Sea monster (Original Animation 2022 Netflix)

7. Shania Twain: Not just a girl (2022 British original documentary film)

8. The Man from Toronto (Netflix original 2022 release)

9. 12 strong (theatrical release 2018)

10. Persuade (Netflix 2022 British original)

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