Movie News – Netflix's first roundup reveals that the number one movie between January and June 2023 was Jennifer Lopez's new action thriller.
Mother is a huge success Install for Netflix. The action film, written by Niki Caro, director of Mulan (2020), stars Jennifer Lopez in the title role as an assassin who fights to protect her daughter, who is placed in foster care when her mother is forced into hiding. The project crew also included Joseph Fiennes, Lucy Baez, Omari Hardwick, Paul Raci, and Gael García Bernal.
Netflix just released its first engagement report, which shares viewing data for its content from January to June 2023.
Although the movie “Anya” was released in May, barely a month before the end of this period, it nevertheless became the most watched movie in the first half of 2023 on the platform. Overall, this is the 14th most viewed title on the aforementioned chart. With a total of 249.9 million hours of viewing! The film topped other popular Netflix originals such as Tyler Rake: Extraction 2, You People, and Luther: The Fallen Sun.
How did Anya achieve such a hit?
One of the surprising things about Anya's online success is that reviews of the film have ranged from average to completely negative. The film received a rating of 43% on Rotten Tomatoes. On Metacritic, it has a similarly low score of 45 out of 100. Viewer reviews are more positive, but not much better. It has an average rating of 62% on Rotten Tomatoes and 6.5 out of 10 on Metacritic.
However, several factors contributed to the film's rise to the top of the list. The first is that the film was released on Mother's Day weekend. Although the film is not about the holiday, the thematically appropriate title seems to have succeeded in attracting the Mother's Day audience in a way that new releases Book Club: The Next Chapter and Hypnotic failed to do.
This is probably also why the film managed to rack up so many hours before its June deadline, despite other previous Netflix titles spending more time on the slate.
In addition to the ratings over the weekend, Jennifer Lopez's name may have contributed to the mother's rise to the top. The actress is a famous star who has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. But since 1997's Anakonda he hasn't starred in a non-comedy action film. The star's return to the genre after a long time may have been appreciated by many viewers who were used to seeing her on stage or in other genres such as dramas and romantic comedies.