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The 5 most popular Netflix original movies of 2019 so far

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Netflix gets a lot of attention and media coverage for the original TV series it commissions and licenses, including projects like Stranger Things and The Crown. As the second syllable of its name indicates, though, movies have always been a core of the service, with Netflix increasingly wanting to make a strong showing at the Oscars — and even eventually claim a “Best Picture” golden statuette for one of its original movies.

Netflix is definitely stepping up its game in this regard, with titles on the way this year including The Irishman. That’s Martin Scorsese’s $140 million picture about the story of a mob hitman and his relation to the disappearance of union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and it will be Netflix’s first wide-release feature. But while that one still doesn’t have a release date yet, although it’s attracted plenty of critical attention, these are some of the most popular movies on the service you can watch right now.

The data used to compile this list, reported by Business Insider, comes from analytics company Jumpshot which gave BI the data. You can head there for a rundown of the 20 most popular movies of 2019 so far (a Netflix-heavy list that also includes one from rival Hulu), or check out the top five Netflix movies below:

Image source: William Gray/Netflix

5. IO

  • Details: A young scientist tries to save a dying Earth and develops a connection with a man trying to catch the last shuttle leaving the planet
  • Number of viewers: 2,059,172
  • Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 32%

Image source: Netflix

4. Polar

  • Details: An assassin who’s trying to retire has to put the idea on hold when a group of young killers comes after him
  • Number of viewers: 2,385,292
  • Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 24%

Image source: Melinda Sue Gordon

3. Triple Frontier

  • Details: A group of special forces soldiers gets back together to steal money from a murderous drug lord
  • Number of viewers: 2,539,826
  • Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 71%

Image source: Saeed Adyani/Netflix

2. Bird Box

  • Details: A mother and her children try to escape when an unseen force is inspiring most of society to commit suicide
  • Number of viewers: 2,683,494
  • Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 63%

Image source: Netflix

1. Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

  • Details: A documentary about the controversial Fyre Festival that was geared toward influencers and which never got off the ground amid scandal and unkept promises from a shady businessman
  • Number of viewers: 2,822,635
  • Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 90%

Andy is a reporter in Memphis who also contributes to outlets like Fast Company and The Guardian. When he’s not writing about technology, he can be found hunched protectively over his burgeoning collection of vinyl, as well as nursing his Whovianism and bingeing on a variety of TV shows you probably don’t like.

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