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Mandla Dube’s “Heart of The Hunter” Nabs Consecutive #1 Most Watched Netflix English Movie

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Heart of the Hunter is leading the weekly global chart of  Netflix’s most-watched films since its release on March 29th

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It is impressive to say that the South African Heart of The Hunter film tops the global chart as the most-watched film for the week of March 25- March 31st 2024. The top 10 most watched TV and films include Heart of The Hunter, Irish Wish, Damsel, The Accountant, The Casagrandes Movie, Shirley, On The Line, Peter Rabbit 2, The Equalizer 3, and Mending The Line.

In its second week, the film maintained its #1 spot by outranking movies like The Little things, Mazerunner and Glass. 

Heart of The Hunter

Directed by Mandla Dube, Heart of The Hunter is a South African action thriller film that covers the story of the quiet life of the retired assassin who was once feared but interrupted by a desperate call from the daughter of an old and trusted friend whose father has been kidnapped. He uncovers a conspiracy at the heart of the government.

Starring Bonko Khoza, Connie Ferguson, Masasa Mbangeni, Tim Theron, Peter Butler, Nicole Fortuin, Sisanda Henna, Milan Murray, Deon Coetzee, Boleng Mogotsi, Wanda Banda, Connie Chiume, Dann Jaques Mouton, and Stefan Erasmus.

Released on Netflix on 29th March 2024, Heart of The Hunter ranked number one on the top ten most-watched films with a total of 11,000,000 hours viewed.

Irish Wish

Irish Wish is a 2024 American fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Janeen Damian and written by Kirsten Hansen. The film stars Lindsay Lohan and marks her second consecutive project with Netflix, Damian and Damian’s husband Michael Damian, who served as a producer on the film alongside Brad Krevoy.

The plot follows Maddie Kelly (Lohan), a book editor whose dream man is days away from marrying her best friend in Ireland when a spontaneous wish made on an ancient stone magically alters her fate and turns her into the bride. Ed Speleers, Alexander Vlahos, Ayesha Curry, Elizabeth Tan, and Jane Seymour also appear in supporting roles.

With a total of 10,500,000 hours viewed, Irish Wish came second most watched for the week.

Irish Wish release date: 15th March 2024.


Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and written by Dan Mazeau, Damsel is a 2024 American dark fantasy film with the story of a young woman who accepts a marriage proposal only to realize that she is being used to repay a royal family’s ancient debts and must now escape while surviving attacks from the dragon lurking in the chasm.

Starring Millie Bobby Brown, Nick Robinson, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Robin Wright, Angela Bassett, Brooke Carter, Manon Stieglitz, Ray Winstone and many others.

Damsel came fourth on the list with a total of 10,300,000 hours viewed.

Distributed by Netflix on 8th March 2024.

The Accountant

The Accountant is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Gavin O’Connor, written by Bill Dubuque. Starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Jeffrey Tambor, and John Lithgow.

The storyline follows Christian Wolff, a certified public accountant with autism who makes his living of criminal and terrorist organizations around the world that are experiencing internal embezzlement.

With 6,200,000 hours viewed on Netflix, The Accountant made the top ten list of the most-watched films of the week.

Release date: 14th October 2016.

The Casagrandes Movie

The American animated fantasy comedy film The Casagrandes Movie is based on the Nickelodeon animated television series The Casagrandes, a spin-off series of The Loud House.

The film is directed by Miguel Puga with a story by Tony Gama-Lobo, Rebecca May, Rosemary Contreras and Lalo Alcaraz. The film serves as a continuation to the show and revolves around Ronnie Anne, who has turned twelve years old, wants to prove to her family that she is old enough to do her own things, only to face an ancient preteen demigoddess during a family trip to Mexico.

The 2024 American animated film, The Casagrandes Movie made a total of 4,300,000 hours viewed.

Released to Netflix on 22nd March 2024.


Shirley is a 2020 American biographical drama film directed by Josephine Decker and written by Sarah Gubbins, based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Susan Scarf Merrell. The film stars Elisabeth Moss as Jackson, with Michael Stuhlbarg, Odessa Young, and Logan Lerman in supporting roles. Martin Scorsese serves as an executive producer.

A famous horror writer finds inspiration for her next book after she and her husband take in a young couple. Shirley made the top ten most watched films with total number of hours viewed 4,100,000.

Shirley was released on 15th March 2024.

On The Line

On the Line is a 2022 thriller film written, produced, and directed by Romuald Boulanger and starring Mel Gibson.

A host takes a call, where an unknown person threatens to kill the showman’s entire family on air. To save loved ones, the radio host will have to play a survival game and the only way to win is to find out the identity of the criminal.

On The Line made a total number of 3,800,000 views for the week.

On The Line release date on Netflix is 26th March 2024.

Peter Rabbit 2

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway is a 2021 adventure comedy film directed and produced by Will Gluck. The film is a sequel to 2018’s Peter Rabbit produced by Sony Pictures Animation, and is based on the stories of Peter Rabbit created by Beatrix Potter.

Thomas and Bea are now married and living with Peter and his rabbit family. Bored of life in the garden, Peter goes to the big city, where he meets shady characters and ends up creating chaos for the whole family.

Peter Rabbit 2 made the top ten list with a total number of 3,700,000 views.

Peter Rabbit 2 was released to Netflix on 11th June 2021.

The Equalizer 3

The Equalizer 3 is a 2023 American vigilante action film directed by Antoine Fuqua. It is a sequel to The Equalizer 2 and the third and final instalment of The Equalizer trilogy, based on the television series of the same name.

Robert McCall finds himself at home in Southern Italy but he discovers his friends are under the control of local crime bosses. As events turn deadly, McCall knows what he has to do: become his friends’ protector by taking on the mafia.

The Equalizer 3 hits 3,600,000 views for the week of March 25th -31st, 2024.

The Equalizer 3 was distributed on Netflix on 1st September 2023.

Mending The Line

Mending the Line is an American drama film written by Stephen Camelio, directed by Joshua Caldwell and starring Brian Cox, Sinqua Walls, Perry Mattfeld, Patricia Heaton and Wes Studi.

A Marine wounded in Afghanistan is sent to a V.A. facility in Montana where he meets a Vietnam Vet who teaches him how to fly fish as a way of dealing with his emotional and physical trauma.

With 3,400,000 views, Mending The Line hits the top ten list of the global most watched film for the week on Netflix.

Mending The Line was released on 9th June 2023.

In Summary

Back in September last year, the Nigerian action Title “The Black Book” directed by Editi Effiong ranked top 3 Worldwide, Dominating Netflix’s Key Global Markets With 11.60 million views
With just 5 months in between, the heart of the Hunter hitting this stride metrics signals that the global appetite for African action titles is quite substantial.

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