New Data Shows that Family-Friendly Movies are the Most ‘Viral’ on Netflix

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New Data Shows that Family-Friendly Movies are the Most ‘Viral’ on Netflix

By Allyson Vannatta, Senior Writer

Netflix’s top 10 list reveals that family-friendly movies are consistently the most “viral” products on the streaming site, according to a new point system developed by Travis Bean for Forbes.

When the top 10 list feature debuted on Netflix in February, Bean took this as a chance to track the data, just like he would for the box office.

So, he created a point system. Each movie or television show is awarded points based on where they land in the top 10 each day.

If the project is in the No. 1 spot, it would receive 10 points. If it’s in the No. 2 spot, it would receive nine points, and so on.

When Bean complied his data, it showed that there’s always some kind of family-friendly movie in the Top 10, even if it doesn’t hold the No. 1 spot.

For example, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS was the most viral movie on Netflix in the month of June based off the point system. Movieguide® awarded CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS as one of the Best Movies for Families in 2009.

The following list is the top 20 movies on Netflix from February 27 to June 20, according to Bean’s point system:

  1. Despicable Me – 297 points
  2. The Angry Birds Movie 2 – 284 points
  3. Spenser Confidential – 236 points
  4. The Wrong Missy – 187 points
  5. Angel Has Fallen – 182 points
  6. Extraction – 170 points
  7. The Willoughbys – 169 points
  8. Code 8 – 129 points
  9. Space Jam – 126 points
  10. Uncut Gems – 123 points
  11. The Platform – 117 points
  12. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – 110 points
  13. 365 Days – 107 points
  14. Outbreak – 103 points
  15. The Help – 103 points
  16. Just Go With It – 102 points
  17. The Last Days of American Crime – 97 points
  18. Life As We Know It – 96 points
  19. Coffee & Kareem – 94 points
  20. John Henry – 93 points

The two movies that top the list are THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 and DESPICABLE ME.

Movieguide® awarded DESPICABLE ME as one of the Best Movies for Families in 2010.

Bean notes that these movies, “Didn’t hold the No. 1 spot on the Top 10 very often, but they’ve trended consistently enough over the past several months that they’ve become the top two movies on all of Netflix.”

He also reveals that ANGRY BIRDS 2 spent nine weeks at No. 1 and was in the top 10 until late April, while DESPICABLE ME spent six weeks in the top spot.

Farther down the list, SPACE JAM and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS are listed.

The point system, and list, proves that family-friendly movies that contain Christian and Biblical elements have a long-lasting impact.

It further proves Movieguide®’s mantra that family-friendly movies are more popular than their gratuitous counterparts.

This should be another indicator to those in the industry that movies the whole family can enjoy never go out of style, no matter how long ago they were on the big screen.

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