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The Monkey King at Netflix #1

August 30, 2023

Animated film The Monkey King climbed to the top of Netflix’s English Films list in its second week of release, bringing in 14.4 million views in the week commencing August 21st and reaching #1 in 93 countries. The Gal Gadot and Jame Dornan action-thriller Heart of Stone took second place with 13.6 million views, bringing its all-time views to 81.9 million views in only three weeks since its release. Adam Sandler’s new comedy You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah, which was a hit with critics, debuted at #3, bringing in 12.3 million views.

Korea had another strong showing on the Non-English TV list, with K-drama Mask Girl coming in at #1 with 7.4 million views, the romantic comedy Destined with You Season 1 debuting at #4 (3.5 million views), and Behind Your Touch taking the #9 spot (1.7 million views). All three seasons of the Norwegian fantasy series Ragnarok made the list with Season 3 debuting at #2 (6.5 million views), Season 1 at #6 (2.2 million views), and Season 2 at #8 (1.8 million views). Returning favourites dominated the remainder of the list with Mexico’s coming of age supernatural adventure The Chosen One Season 1 at #3 (4 million views), Japan’s anime Baki Hanma Season 2 at #5 (2.4 million views), and India’s drama Guns & Gulaabs Season 1 at #7 (2.2 million views).

Who is Erin Carter?, the new limited thriller series about a British expat schoolteacher living in Spain, topped the English TV list with 13.2 million views. Documentary series Depp V Heard had a strong second week coming in at #2 (8.3 million views), while Painkiller moved to #3 (5.6 million views). New non-fiction series made their debuts on the list this week with Untold: Swamp Kings coming in at #4 (5 million views) and The Ultimatum: Marry Or Move On Season 2 taking the #5 spot (3.6 million views). Comedy series My Dad The Bounty Hunter returned for Season 2 at #10 with 1.7 million views. Returning favourites rounded out the rest of the list with At Home With The Furys Season 1 at #6 (3 million views), The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 at #8 (1.9 million views) and Gabby’s Dollhouse Season 8 at #9 (1.8 million views).

Brazilian true crime documentary A Life Too Short: The Isabella Nardoni Case returned to the top of the Non-English Films list coming in at #1 with 5.3 million views. New entrants to the list included the Polish romance Squared Love Everlasting at #2 (5.1 million views) and Spanish horror film Killer Book Club at #3 (3.9 million views). Other returning titles included the Turkish drama 10 Days of a Bad Man coming in at #4 (3.5 million views), the German dystopian thriller Paradise taking the #5 spot (1.6 million views), the Spanish film noir Xtreme landing at #6 (1.3 million views), Japanese black comedy Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead claiming the  #8 spot (0.9 million views), and the Turkish romance Make Me Believe rounding out the list at #10 (0.8 million views). 

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