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Cillian Murphy’s Poorly-Reviewed Thriller Climbs Netflix’s Global Charts 5 Years Later

Key Points: 

  • Cillian Murphy’s 2019 flop ‘Anna‘ has seen a resurgence, ranking as the #4 most-watched movie globally on Netflix
  • The movie was viewed for 11.7 million hours, possibly due to Murphy’s recent success in ‘Peaky Blinders‘ and ‘Oppenheimer
  • Anna’ underperformed at the box office but is finding new life on the streaming platform five years after its release

In a surprising turn of events, Cillian Murphy’s 2019 action thriller ‘Anna,‘ which was a box office disappointment upon its initial release, has found newfound success on Netflix, ranking as the fourth most-watched movie globally on the streaming platform.

Cillian Murphy’s ‘Anna’ Rises to the Top of Netflix’s Global Charts

Anna (2019 Movie) - Cillian Murphy
Anna (2019 Movie) – Cillian Murphy

According to Netflix’s latest viewing data, ‘Anna‘ was viewed for an impressive 11.7 million hours during the week of April 15-21, securing the fourth spot on the platform’s Top 10 Global Movies list. The movie garnered a total of 5.9 million views, outperforming several recent releases and popular titles.

This unexpected resurgence comes nearly five years after ‘Anna’ underperformed at the box office, grossing only $31.6 million worldwide against a production budget of $30 million.

Why ‘Anna’ Flopped at the Box Office in 2019

Anna (2019 Movie)

Despite boasting an impressive cast that included Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren, and Luke Evans, ‘Anna’ failed to make a significant impact upon its theatrical release. Several factors contributed to its lackluster performance, including:

  1. Critical reception: The movie received predominantly negative reviews, with critics deeming it derivative and a rehash of previous spy thrillers.
  2. Competition from franchises: Action movies based on established franchises seemed to perform better at the box office in 2019.
  3. Diminishing returns for the genre: Audiences may have experienced fatigue with the spy thriller subgenre following releases like ‘Red Sparrow’ in 2018.

One potential factor contributing to ‘Anna’s’ newfound success on Netflix could be Cillian Murphy’s increasing star power and critical acclaim. Since the movie’s release, the actor has garnered widespread praise for his performances in projects like ‘Peaky Blinders,’ ‘A Quiet Place: Part II,’ and most recently, his Oscar-winning turn in ‘Oppenheimer.’

Murphy’s presence as a co-lead in ‘Anna’ may be drawing more audience interest in 2024 than it did in 2019 when he was primarily known as a character actor.

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