‘Hamilton’ is Most Popular SVOD Movie in 2020


According to new data provided to Variety by ScreenEngine/ASI, Disney+ holds the most watched subscription service movie of 2020.  The service surveyed 1,200 U.S. video viewers age 13-64 weekly on which titles they’ve watched in the seven days following their release.  According to their data, “Hamilton” was the biggest movie of the year, closely followed by Amazon’s “Borat 2: Subsequent Moviefilm”.

“Mulan” also proved to be very popular with viewers, despite its “Premier Access” fee, and the Disney+ animated movie, “Phineas & Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe” came in as the fifth most popular movie of the year so far.

“Hamilton” was a massive hit for the streaming service which saw a significant bump in app downloads over the July3rd holiday weekend when the movie was released.  Over the holiday weekend, the Disney+ app was downloaded 513,323 times globally, including 266,084 times in the U.S., according to analytics firm Apptopia.

The filmed version of the original Broadway production of “Hamilton” combines the best elements of live theater, film and streaming to bring the cultural phenomenon to homes around the world for a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, “Hamilton” has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.

Filmed at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June of 2016, the film transports its audience into the world of the Broadway show in a uniquely intimate way. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and direction by Thomas Kail, Hamilton is inspired by the book “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow and produced by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey Seller, with Sander Jacobs and Jill Furman serving as executive producers. Filming was produced by RadicalMedia. The 11-time-Tony Award®-, GRAMMY Award®-, Olivier Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning stage musical stars: Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler; Jonathan Groff as King George; Christopher Jackson as George Washington; Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton; Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr; Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton; and Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton.

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