The 10 Most-Watched Movies on Netflix In August

The Netflix top 10 movie charts have been full of the streamer's originals throughout August, with films like Project Power, The Kissing Booth 2 and Work It having runs in the top 10. Unlike the TV charts, however, the film top 10 has a majority of non-Netflix movies, with Jurassic Park, Adam Sandler's Mr Deeds and the recent Lost Husband all spending time on the chart.

10. Mr Deeds
Days on chart: 12
Highest position: 4

Adam Sandler has made a number of Netflix exclusives movies that are among the streamer's most-watched of all time, including The Ridiculous 6 and Murder Mystery. However, the film that viewers have been watching en masse for some reason this August is Mr Deeds, his 2002 remake of the Frank Capra movie that sees him as a manchild who suddenly becomes a millionaire.

9. Despicable Me
Days on chart: 18
Highest position: 6

Despicable Me's long run on the chart (it was also at number seven last month) gives a reason for reopening schools that no one has really discussed: That parents throughout America have run out of ways to entertain their children, and are just sticking them in front of the minions on a loop.

8. The Kissing Booth 2

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Joel Courtney (“Lee Flynn”) and Joey King ("Shelly 'Elle' Evans") in The Kissing Booth 2. Netflix

Days on chart: 14
Highest position: 1

Part 2 of Netflix's soon-to-be trilogy of Kissing Booth movies, and another of those near-identical quirky teen romantic comedies that the streamer seemingly grows out of vats. This time, Joey King is the "adorkable" female lead, while the interchangeable man candy is Euphoria's Jacob Elordi.

7. Drunk Parents
Days on chart: 10
Highest position: 2

No, Drunk Parents is not a documentary about what the adults are doing while their kids watch Despicable Me. Instead, it is a comedy starring Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek as a couple trying to avoid financial ruin while drinking heavily – something most Netflix viewers can relate to right now.

6. Work It
Days on chart: 13
Highest position: 1

Wikipedia describes Work It as a "jukebox dance comedy film," but luckily the dancing is not as clunky as that genre descriptor. The movie is a fun take on the "let's put on a show" movie, with Sabrina Carpenter leading the film as an overachieving teen who lies about being in an elite dance group to make her college admission stand out.

5. Jurassic Park

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Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern in the original 'Jurassic Park' GETTY

Days on chart: 17
Highest position: 2

August saw all three of the initial trilogy of Jurassic Park come to Netflix US, and both the first movie and The Lost World spent some time in the top 10 charts. The former, however, outpaced the first to become one of the most-watched of the month. It is also hands-down the best film on the list, and show Steven Spielberg at the peak of his popcorn powers – amazingly he made Jurassic Park the same year he made Schindler's List.

4. Dennis the Menace
Days on chart: 16
Highest position: 1

Jurassic Park, however, was beaten by a much worse film from the same year. Part of the weird early '90s trend for making live-action versions of cartoons and comic strips, clearly enough '90s kids have enough affection for the Dennis the Menace movie to want to see a small child terrorize a harmless man in this Home Alone rip-off.

3. Mr Peabody and Sherman
Days on chart: 16
Highest position: 2

Speaking of adaptations of cartoons, Mr Peabody and Sherman has had a second life on Netflix after being a box office flop that lost over $50 million in cinemas in 2014. Again, the movie has benefited from bored kids stuck at home, but many critics have found a lot to enjoy in this time-traveling caper.

2. The Lost Husband
Days on chart: 18
Highest position: 1

July saw Netflix dominated by bonkbusters like the movie 365 Days and TV series Dark Desire, but viewers were tired of characters having athletic sex on yachts by August and went for a more sedate romance. Though it initially feels like the Nicholas Sparks-esque story of a woman getting over the death of her husband on a farm, many have been charmed by the way the Josh Duhamel movie deals with finding love again after grief.

1. Project Power
Days on chart: 14
Highest position: 1

Just like last month when The Old Guard took the top spot, number one in August was another high-concept action-packed Netflix original thriller. This time, it was Project Power, starring Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a story about a pill that gives its taker unpredictable superpowers. Though only released in mid-July, it had an impressive 13-day run at number one, giving it the edge over the other movies.