Benicio Del Toro’s New Murder Movie Has Netflix In A Choke Hold

At the time of writing, “Reptile” is number one on the U.S. Netflix homepage. We don’t yet have the streamer’s official top 10 figures for the week of September 25 to October 1, 2023, but a quick glance at viewing data aggregation site FlixPatrol reveals the extent of the film’s popularity. And popular it is, having hit Netflix on September 29, 2023 and almost immediately nabbing the top spot in the U.S.

But it wasn’t just stateside that the detective drama garnered attention. It debuted at number one in 15 other countries, including Canada, the U.K., and even in such unlikely places as Bulgaria, Croatia, and Estonia. In fact, Europe seems to be particularly enamored with Netflix’s latest crime thriller, with a large majority of the countries in which the film hit number residing on the continent.

Considering del Toro’s Puerto Rican heritage, you might expect “Reptile” to do well in South America. But while it managed to hit the top 10 in multiple South American countries, it failed to debut in the number one spot upon release in any of them (although it’s now sitting at number two in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and others). Meanwhile, “Reptile” has been number one every day since its launch in Serbia.

The film shows no signs of giving up the top spot as of Oct 2, 2023. However, this week is stacked with new streaming options, with Thursday alone seeing the return of “Lupin,” “Our Flag Means Death,” and of course the long-awaited “Loki” season 2. Such an array will surely entice some viewers away from del Toro’s latest but it will be interesting to see when the official figures arrive for this week.

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