Move over, Tinder Swindler – there’s a new top Netflix movie chart in town
All good things must come to an end – and that includes The Tinder Swindler’s dominance of Netflix’s movie slate.
After a three-week reign as the most popular Netflix movie, The Tinder Swindler has been knocked down by a slightly unusual contender. The movie in question? A Netflix original comedy film by Tyler Perry titled A Madea Homecoming.
“A Madea who now? we hear you say. Well, A Madea Homecoming is the twelfth (!) film in the Madea Cinematic Universe – yes, you read that right – that Perry created in the late 1990s. Madea, whose full name is Mabel “Madea” Earlene Simmons, has also appeared in 11 plays and one animated film.
But we digress. According to the latest update to the Netflix Top 10 lists, which reveal the most popular Netflix movies and TV shows among subscribers over the past week, A Madea Homecoming has beaten The Tinder Swindler and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to number one. . And from afar too.
A Madea Homecoming didn’t come out until Friday, February 25, but it certainly left its mark on Netflix’s Top 10 Movies list. The comedy film racked up 31.56 million hours viewed in its first two days on the streaming giant – a figure almost twice as large as its closest rivals.
In contrast, second-placed The Tinder Swindler only recorded 17.67 million hours of viewing. That’s a notable drop from its third week on the platform, when it got 34.45 million hours, and a far cry from its total of 64.7 million in its second week of release.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which took third place, racked up 17.44 million hours of viewing. Downfall: The Case Against Boeing and Despicable Me 2 took fourth and fifth place, respectively, but each film racked up less than 10 million hours apiece.
The victory of A Madea Homecoming is all the more surprising for its critical reception. The film currently holds a 44% rating on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, with Roger Ebert.com’s Odie Henderson calling it “a hot mess, as usual”. Still, Netflix audiences seem to have enjoyed it. A Madea Homecoming holds a 75% rating among viewers on Rotten Tomatoes, and there’s a much more diverse array of audience reviews compared to critics who weren’t captivated by Perry’s latest film.
It seems, however, that A Madea Homecoming benefited enormously from its release at the end of February.
Aside from a few foreign-language original films from Netflix, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and a docufilm about American race car driver Bubba Wallace, Netflix’s movie offerings were pretty thin in the second half of February. Subscribers looking for a new movie to watch therefore didn’t have much choice – a situation that certainly helped the cause of A Madea Homecoming.
It will be interesting to see if Perry’s latest film continues to top the charts in early March. A slew of licensed movies, including Chadwick Boseman with 21 Bridges, as well as Shrek 1 and Shrek 2 have already landed on the streamer. And, with Netflix original movies like Against the Ice and The Adam Project launching very soon, we’d be amazed if A Madea Homecoming retains its crown for much longer.
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