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Leave the World Behind at Netflix #1

December 13, 2023

Leave the World Behind, the new apocalyptic thriller from director Sam Esmail starring Julia Roberts, Ethan Hawke and Mahershala Ali, Myha’la, debuted at #1 on Netflix’s English Films List with 41.7 million views, making it the most watched title in the week commencing December 4th. Family films proved popular in the week; Family Switch, the body-swap comedy starring Jennifer Garner and Ed Helms, took second place with 18.6 million views. Leo, the animated film from star, co-writer and producer Adam Sandler took third place in its third week on the list with 14.2 million views, taking its total views since launch to 72.4 million. The Super Mario Bros Movie (not available in the UK) fourth place with 13.2 million views. 

On the English TV List, action-comedy Obliterated took #1 with 9 million views in its second week on the list. The new YA drama My Life with the Walter Boys debuted at #2 on the English TV List with 7.5 million views. Epic reality competition series Squid Game: The Challenge took third place with 6.6 million views. Part 1 of the sixth and final season of The Crown took sixth place (2.5 million views) and Season 5 of Virgin River took eighth in its eighth week on the list (2.2 million views). 

It was a strong week for debuts on the Non-English TV List. Gritty crime drama Blood Coast (France) took the #1 spot with 5.6 million views, romantic comedy Welcome to Samdal-ri (Korea) came in at #5 (2.3 million views), Season 2 of romance I Hate Christmas (Italy) took the #9 spot (1.1 million views) and YA drama High Tides (Belgium) rounded out the list at #10 (1.1 million views). 

The Non-English Films List also featured strong launches. One of India’s most anticipated films of the year, comic adaptation The Archies (India) debuted at #3 (2.2 million views). Action thriller Hard Days (Japan) punched in at #9 (1.3 million views), and drama thriller Blood Vessel (Nigeria) grabbed the #10 spot (1.2 million views).

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