I figure the same “silent majority” that got AC/DC and Bruce Springsteen on the top of Forbes’ list of highest-earning music tours last year is also seeing their tastes reflected here. Goes to show that the louder, more visible and youth-oriented tentpole hits don’t top every chart.
Without further ado, here’s Netflix’s top ten rentals ever (as relayed by Movie Line...)
- The Blind Side
- The Bucket List
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- The Hurt Locker
- The Departed
- Sherlock Holmes
- Iron Man
- No Country for Old Men
You’ve got some Best Picture winners and Oscar bait generally ranking above the blockbusters, and that shouldn’t be too surprising. You can quibble about Crash and the Hurt Locker having more bite, but titles like the Blind Side and the Bucket List don’t quite make for snarky t-shirts or message board memes, so I’d say the list largely skews more adult and genteel. It reminds me of a bit of that one time I saw the Bridges of Madison County clocking high on list of torrents.
And that makes sense; such an audience is less inclined to opt to watch something in the cozy of home instead of going out to see it and, by gosh, Netflix means they wouldn’t even have to get past their mailboxes.
Anyway, that’s my knee-jerk analysis. What kind of patterns are you Screened Pups inferring here?