How Disney Dominated Streaming in 2022

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When it comes to streaming movies, no company’s success compared to Disney+ in 2022.

Last year was a massive year for streaming, and Disney+ once again proved to the world that they are not to be underestimated. After last year’s numbers, it is clear that the fans are to thank for the Walt Disney Company’s dominance when it comes to its annual streaming performance.

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Disney Takes the Lead for Minutes Streamed

Last year was an excellent year for Disney+ streaming, and a big part of that was due to their top-performing movie. Following its release in November of 2021, Encanto dominated global streaming. It was impossible to ignore the impact this movie had on the world. With songs like “We Don’t Talk about Bruno” breaking the record for the longest-reigning chart-topper for Disney in the US Billboard Hot 100 history, it was obvious to everyone that Encanto was a massive hit.

Fans weren’t just streaming the songs, they were also watching the movie–over and over and over! In 2022, Encanto was by far the most streamed movie. With over 27.4 billion minutes viewed, Encanto was streamed more than twice as much as the second most streamed movie.

This brings up the question of how Disney manages to achieve these insane numbers. A huge part of Disney’s success is that its fanbase is comprised of repeat viewers. The average Disney fan doesn’t usually watch a Disney movie once and then discard it forever; they tend to watch their favorites many times every year.

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The Top 15 Most-Streamed Movies of 2022

When Nielsen revealed its list of the top 15 most-streamed movies, it became clear that Disney fans had shown up to stream content in 2022. Disney holds 10 of the 15 spots on this list–the competition didn’t even come close.

The list is as follows:

1. Encanto (Disney+) — 27.4 billion minutes viewed

2. Turning Red (Disney+) — 11.43 billion minutes viewed

3. Sing 2 (Netflix) — 11.35 billion minutes viewed

4. Moana (Disney+) — 8.6 billion minutes viewed

5. The Adam Project (Netflix) — 6.1 billion minutes viewed

6. Hocus Pocus 2 (Disney+) — 5.7 billion minutes viewed

7. Don’t Look Up (Netflix) — 5.1 billion minutes viewed

8. Frozen (Disney+) — 5.1 billion minutes viewed

9. Luca (Disney+) — 4.974 billion minutes viewed

10. The Gray Man (Netflix) — 4.972 billion minutes viewed

11. Zootopia (Disney+) — 4.4 billion minutes viewed

12. Coco (Disney+) — 4.3 billion minutes viewed

13. Eternals (Disney+) — 4.24 billion minutes viewed

14. Frozen II (Disney+) — 4.2 billion minutes viewed

15. Uncharted (Netflix) — 4.18 billion minutes viewed

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Bob Iger Expresses His Satisfaction with Nielsen List

Fans aren’t the only ones celebrating this accomplishment. During the quarterly earnings call that took place on Wednesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger called out the list. Iger said, “Nielsen came out with something a few weeks ago that was stunning to us; ten of the top fifteen movies streamed in the U.S. in 2022 were ours.”

During the call, Iger also revealed that Disney plans to make sequels for some of Disney’s most iconic and beloved movies, including Toy Story, Frozen, and Zootopia. Fans are rejoicing over this news, and something tells me that all this celebration will help the  Disney+ streaming service secure its place as #1 once again on Nielsen’s 2023 list.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.