Charlize Theron And ‘The Old Guard’ May Be #1 On Netflix Right Now, But An Unexpected Movie Is Dominating The Month Of July

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It should be no surprise that a big-budget summer action flick starring Charlize Theron is currently #1 on the Netflix
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Top 10. Since its Netflix premiere on July 10, the $70 million film has spent every single day atop the daily list, beating out movies like The Lorax, ONLY and (the seemingly unstoppable) 365 Days.

But there’s one movie The Old Guard will likely be chasing throughout the month of July: the unexpected hit Desperados.

Since the movie’s Netflix premiere on July 3, Desperados has ranked in the top four positions of the streaming application’s rotating Daily Top 10 list. The film spent its first three days in the #2 position before claiming the #1 spot on July 6 and 7.

In total, Desperados—which stars Nasim Pedrad and Lamorne Morris—has accrued 93 points in the month of July (you can read more about the Netflix point system here). That ranks above every other movie that has played on Netflix this month.

Here’s a rundown of the top ten movies on Netflix during July’s first 13 days:

  1. Desperados – 93 points
  2. Patriots Day – 79 points
  3. The Town – 75 points
  4. The Lorax – 61 points
  5. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry – 56 points
  6. 365 Days – 54 points
  7. ONLY – 54 points
  8. A Thousand Words – 42 points
  9. The Old Guard – 40 points
  10. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga – 29 points

Obviously The Old Guard has made quick work of getting on the Top 10 list. But even if the Theron vehicle keeps this pace up, it’ll have a hard time catching Desperados—a film that, at first glance, seems like it’ll have great longevity on Netflix’s Top 10.

In its first four days on Netflix, The Old Guard has accrued 40 points for a daily average of 10—the best a movie can possible do. But that’s not too far above Desperado’s first-four-days average of 9.25.

In its first 11 days on Netflix, Desperados has average 8.45 points per day. That’s much better than the Will Ferrell-led project Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, which completely fell off the Top 10 after 11 days and averaged just 7.18 points per day during that period.

In fact, the only other movie during the month of June to own a better average during its first 11 days was 365 Days—a Netflix juggernaut that’s breaking records and averaged 9.72 points per day during that 11-day period.

And in May, only two movies owned a better 11-day average than Desperados: Extraction (9.27 points per day) and The Wrong Missy (9.82 points per day).

So, yes: The Old Guard could still strip the July title from Desperados. But—as evidenced by these numbers we culled together from past months—the Theron action flick will have to put up quite the showing to pull it off.

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