Netflix subscribers are clearly in the mood for feel-good titles — and Christmas films, especially — based on the composition of the latest global Top 10 Netflix movies list, one of four streaming performance charts that the company updates once a week.
Coming in at #1 worldwide this week, for example, is the sentimental Slumberland, about a little girl who embarks on a quest to find her lost father. The streaming giant’s global subscribers, meanwhile, are also bingeing a ton of Christmas content at the moment — so much so, In fact, that four of the nine other slots on this week’s Top 10 Netflix movies list belong to holiday titles.
“Never forget,” Kyle Chandler’s “Peter” tells his precocious daughter Nemo at one point during Slumberland, “you can do anything.” Even if that “anything” means Nemo traversing a world of dreams and nightmares with Jason Momoa’s eccentric “Flip” as her guide on an enchanting and adventure-filled quest to be reunited with her late father.
The movie unfolds in the wake of Nemo’s father being lost at sea, a tragedy that predictably shatters her idyllic Pacific Northwest existence. She’s sent to live in a new city with her awkward uncle Phillip (Chris O’Dowd) — and, during the day, Nemo navigates new routines and challenges at school. But at night? A secret map to the fantastical dreamworld of Slumberland connects her to Momoa’s Flip, a lovable scamp who becomes her partner and guide on an incredible journey to hopefully find her father once again.
One of the things that director Francis Lawrence says he keyed in on was focusing on the theme of resilience — and, specifically, resilience in grief. “Finding some sense of hope when you’re grieving that gets you through it and on the path to healing — I think it’s a theme that’s so relatable,” he said in an interview included with Netflix’s press material for Slumberland.
He adds that the movie’s message is one of “accepting the tough situations as part of your existence, and moving forward knowing that you’re going to have a great life even with that past behind you.”
According to Netflix’s data, Slumberland racked up more than 45 million hours of viewing time on the platform for the 7-day period that ended on November 27.
Netflix Top 10 movies (November 21 – November 27)
Read more here about another of this week’s Top 10 movies, The Swimmers — based on a real-life story of two sisters and their harrowing journey as refugees from war-torn Syria to the 2016 Olympics in Rio — along with other recent Netflix releases.
Meantime, here’s a look at the other Netflix movies that are among the streaming giant’s most-watched this week, based on the company’s updated Top 10 data:
- Slumberland — 45.4 million hours viewed
- The Noel Diary — 36.2 million hours viewed
- The Swimmers — 22.4 million hours viewed
- The Wonder — 16.8 million hours viewed
- Falling for Christmas — 14.9 million hours viewed
- Christmas With You — 13.8 million hours viewed
- Christmas on Mistletoe Farm — 13.4 million hours viewed
- Enola Holmes 2 — 9.6 million hours viewed
- Where the Crawdads Sing — 9.6 million hours viewed
- Ghislaine Maxwell: Filthy Rich — 7.2 million hours viewed