Atlas wins Jennifer Lopez another streaming movie victory

J.Lo's still a force to be reckoned with as a movie star.
Atlas - Fan Event Mexico City
Atlas - Fan Event Mexico City / Hector Vivas/GettyImages

Don't be fooled by the headlines and discourse trying to tell you otherwise. Jennifer Lopez is still Jenny from the Block... and a dominating force to be reckoned with as a movie star. With the May 24 release of her Netflix original movie Atlas, Lopez scores her fourth No. 1 streaming movie in the span of two years. Quite literally, no one else is doing it like her.

As Deadline reports, Atlas ranked a second week atop Netflix's top 10 movies ranking, brining in a cumulative 60 million global views/119.4 million hours viewed in its first two weeks. The success of the sci-fi action movie comes on the heels of her three past No. 1 streaming movies: Netflix's 2023 thriller The Mother, Prime Video's 2023 action rom-com Shotgun Wedding, and this year's musical film This Is Me... Now: A Love Story also on Prime Video.

To date, The Mother still ranks ninth among Netflix's ranking of the top 10 most popular English-language movies on the platform. The film has brought in over 265 million hours viewed and over 136 million views. At the rate Atlas has been going, Lopez could very well also have the bragging rights of starring in two movies ranked on Netflix's most popular of all time ranking, matching Ryan Reynolds.

Atlas. Jennifer Lopez as Atlas Shepherd. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix ©2024.
Atlas. Jennifer Lopez as Atlas Shepherd. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix ©2024. /

Lopez's impact on the current streaming movie landscape can't be understated. While she has also been a box office draw as a movie star, she's adeptly adapted to the climate of the industry as both an actress and a producer. No matter how people feel about her celebrity, they will clearly still tune into her movies because they're often fun, lighthearted, exciting, larger than life, and more than anything, deeply entertaining.

On the success of Atlas and the record it has achieved so far as a viewership hit for Lopez, the star's producing partner and friend Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas came to her defense in light of the harsh conversation surrounding her online. Here's what Goldsmith-Thomas said about Lopez's latest movie win:

"It’s time to report some true facts: A woman of color has done what few male stars have been able to do, namely having four No. 1 films in the past two years — Atlas, The Mother, This Is Me Now, and Shotgun Wedding — two of them in the top 10 of all time on the two biggest streaming platforms, Netflix and Amazon. Yet those truths are being ignored."

Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas

Lopez's producing partner continued to come to the star's defense, saying:

"I’ve known Jennifer for 30 years. She’s a kind and deeply loving, hardworking mother, and isn’t it a shame we are at a point where we allow a small group to create a false narrative through gossip and internet bullying toward a woman in the face of her tremendous success and consistent humanity – it’s completely unfair and irresponsible."

Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas

She's right about the internet piling on Lopez with jokes and ridicule, but it looks like Lopez will be getting the last laugh with all of her hit movies. Considering the incredible start Atlas has been getting off to, maybe Netflix will actually mull over a sequel to the movie, since the ending lightly teased a new adventure for Atlas. Next up, Lopez stars in the sports biopic Unstoppable and the musical drama Kiss of the Spider Woman, both of which are produced by husband Ben Affleck.

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