‘My Spy’ Is The Surprise Streaming Hit Of 2020, But ‘Hamilton’ And ‘Borat’ Did Aiight, Too

If this pandemic has solidified anything, it’s our reliance on streaming to keep us entertained. We’ve seen Netflix, Amazon, and even Apple grow in prominence, as theater blockbusters have vanished, only to find blockbuster-sized films arrive on streaming platforms. But in this year that has seen these outlets dominate, what was the most watched movie of them all? The list might surprise you. Well, maybe the first two won’t, but number three almost certainly will.

Variety got hold of polling data from ScreenEngine/ASI, which “surveyed 1,200 U.S. video viewers age 13-64 weekly on which titles they’ve watched in the seven days following their release.”  How did those numbers shake out? Well, Disney’s filmed version of Hamilton took the top spot as most-watched for 2020, followed by Borat 2.

But number three?  Surprisingly, that was My Spy, the family-comedy starring Dave Bautista and Chloe Coleman. That gave Amazon two of the top three spots, and I’m guessing they had no idea My Spy would be that much of a hit.

Netflix took thirteen of the thirty spots, giving them another impressive feather in the cap. Most of the films on the list debuted in March, which is when lockdowns started happening around the country. That isn’t a coincidence.

Seriously, though. My Spy! I quite enjoyed the movie, finding Bautista and Coleman to have tremendous chemistry, while the amount of action was balanced with just enough heart to give the big man a proper starring platform. There will probably be a sequel, and based on this info, Amazon/STX would be stupid not to.

The full list is below!

U.S. Top 30 Most-Watched SVOD Released Movies in 2020

1. HAMILTON – Disney+

2. BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM – Amazon Prime Video

3. MY SPY – Amazon Prime Video

4. EXTRACTION – Netflix

5. PHINEAS & FERB THE MOVIE: CANDACE AGAINST THE UNIVERSE – Disney+

6. MULAN – Disney+

7. THE OLD GUARD – Netflix

8. THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Netflix

9. THE WITCHES – HBO Max

10. THE LOVEBIRDS – Netflix

11. REBECCA – Netflix

12. PROJECT POWER – Netflix

13. ENOLA HOLMES – Netflix

14. BLACK IS KING – Disney+

15. MADEA’S FAREWELL PLAY – Amazon Prime Video

16. DA 5 BLOODS – Netflix

17. BAD HAIR – Hulu

18. ARTEMIS FOWL – Disney+

19. LOST GIRLS – Netflix

20. AN AMERICAN PICKLE – HBO Max

21. SPENSER CONFIDENTIAL – Netflix

22. THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME – Netflix

23. STARGIRL – Disney+

24. GREYHOUND – Apple TV+

25. HOLIDATE – Netflix

26. PALM SPRINGS – Hulu

27. THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN – Disney+

28. CLOUDS – Disney+

29. BLOW THE MAN DOWN – Amazon Prime Video

30. THE SLEEPOVER – Netflix

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.