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‘Damsel’ is making its way onto the list of most-watched films ever on Netflix. Fans love it, but will there be a sequel?

Millie Bobby Brown plays a damsel in distress in the Netflix hit Lady, but she doesn’t need a man to save her. After all, it is her prince who put her in danger.

There’s also no saving required when it comes to views for the film. Released on March 8 Lady has consistently appeared in the global top 10 most-watched films, even peaking at an impressive 50.8 million views the week of March 11, easily taking the top spot.

According to the synopsis, in the film, a dutiful lady agrees to marry a handsome prince, only to discover that the royal family has recruited her as a sacrifice to repay a centuries-old debt. She is thrown into a cave with a fire-breathing dragon and must rely on her wits and will to survive.

“It undermines what you expect,” Brown told Netflix in a blog post. “You expect the prince to turn around and save her, and… no. Don’t wait for the prince.”

Millie Bobby Brown

“I couldn’t draw from anything because I’ve personally never read a story like ‘Damsel,’” Millie Bobby Brown told Netflix. (Netflix/Courtesy Everett Collection)

The medieval drama is now on track to enter Netflix’s top 10 most popular films ever and could soon take its place Extractionstarring Chris Hemsworth, which is currently in 10th place.

What has fans so excited about the film? Could this spark the return of Brown’s heroine for a Lady 2?

Who else stars in ‘Damsel’, and how many views does it need to get into the top 10?

Lady introduces us to Elodie, the daughter of Lord Bayford (Ray Winstone), whose country falls into danger as they struggle to make ends meet.

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Bayford found an offer he couldn’t refuse and made a deal with Queen Isabelle of Aurea (Robin Wright).

This deal would arrange a marriage to Elodie and the Queen’s son, Prince Henry. In return, Bayford would receive a large amount of gold and resources needed to save his country. But the family would have to cut all ties with Elodie and, in an alarming twist, she would be sacrificed to a dragon – a deal the Aurea royal family made with the beast to keep it at bay.

People at a Netflix event in support People at a Netflix event in support

‘Damsel’ has been at the top of the Netflix watch lists for weeks. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

The film also stars Angela Bassett, who plays Lady Bayford, Elodie’s stepmother.

It begins its fifth week in the top 10 (April 1-7), Lady had been viewed 120.8 million times, up from 115.9 million the previous week. The film only needed 15 million views to catch up Extraction at that time, so the next few weeks will be crucial.

What resonates with the audience

Reviews for the film have been mixed. On Rotten Tomatoes, critics relented Lady a score of 56%, while the audience had a slightly higher score of 61%.

Viewers on social media have shared what they liked most about the film: Millie Bobby Brown’s solid performance, a clever plot twist and, last but not least, the fire-breathing dragon.

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Others who have posted negative reviews have cited issues such as predictability and no desire to rewatch.

Brown’s career started on Netflix as Eleven Stranger things, one of the most watched shows on the platform. The British actress starred and produced Enola Holmes And Enola Holmes2both popular original films. Lady has continued its run of strong performances with the streaming giant.

“I couldn’t draw anything from it, because I’ve personally never read a story like that Lady,” Brown told Netflix. “With Eleven I can draw on Crazy Max. Or, with Enola Holmes, I can tap into a bit of Hermione Harry Potter. I couldn’t find anyone for Elodie so I knew I had to create her.”

How does the budget compare to the rest of the top 10?

With a reported budget of $60 million, Lady would fall somewhere in the middle when it comes to the budgets of the top 10 films.

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Red notice (2021) became Netflix’s most expensive film at the time, with a reported budget of $200 million, but also became the most watched film within 18 days, surpassing the previous record set by Birdhouse (2018).

From left to right: Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds From left to right: Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds

From left to right: Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds at the world premiere of Netflix’s ‘Red Notice’. (Michael Buckner/Variety/Penske Media via Getty Images)

The Gray Man (2022) also reportedly cost a whopping $200 million and ranks sixth on the list of most viewed songs ever.

But some movies are on the cheaper side, like Birdhouse ($19.8 million) and entry until 2022 Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery ($40 million), also sit comfortably in the top 10.

Here’s a list of estimated budgets for Netflix’s top 10 movies:

  1. Red notice$200 million

  2. Don’t look up$75 million

  3. The Adam Project$116 million

  4. birdhouse, $19.8 million

  5. Leaving the world behind $70 million

  6. The gray man, $200 million

  7. We can be heroes$20 million

  8. The mother$43 million

  9. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery$40 million

  10. Extraction$65 million

Will there be a sequel?

The majority of films in Netflix’s top 10 most popular movies already have a sequel or there are reports that one is in the works. Extraction already has a sequel. Glass onion is a sequel. (The first film was released in theaters.) Birdhouse had a spin-off Barcelona version.

Red notice, The Gray Man And The mother a sequel is reportedly in preparation.

There is no official word yet on a part two Ladybut it is still a new film and the film’s director, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, has acknowledged the possibility of this happening.

Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, center, on set.  (Netflix/Courtesy Everett Collection)Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, center, on set.  (Netflix/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Lady director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, center, on set. (Netflix/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Fresnadillo told the Within Total Film podcast during the March 7 episode that it would depend on how audiences react to the original version.

“I mean, I’ll be so happy to do a sequel to it Lady. But obviously we have to wait to see what the audience thinks and how they react to the film,” he said.

With the strong ratings and many positive conversations on social media platforms, audiences seem receptive to seeing it Lady overcome another challenge.

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