Actors Freida Pinto and James Franco in the 2011 movie 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' which is trending on Hulu.

Most popular movies on Hulu this week

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May 9, 2023
Updated on April 16, 2024
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Most popular movies on Hulu this week

Genre films—mostly science-fiction and horror—have been keeping Hulu subscribers entertained, according to the latest list of the streaming service's most popular movies. And while viewers are still loving the "Ghostbusters" series, two other franchises join the list this week, both of which also have new films out in theaters or coming soon. 

"The Omen" from 1976 has spiked in popularity, likely due to the April 5 release of the newest film in the horror franchise, a prequel called "The First Omen." The original film, which stars Gregory Peck, follows a boy and suspected antichrist named Damien who is mysteriously surrounded by death. In the nearly half-century that's followed, there have been three sequels and a remake in addition to the prequel. 

If horror isn't for you, two of the most recent films from the "Planet of the Apes" franchise are also finding streaming success on Hulu: 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and 2017's "War for the Planet of the Apes." The newest film in the sci-fi franchise, "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes," is set to be released on May 10, which likely has fans revisiting the franchise in anticipation. Based on Pierre Boulle's 1963 novel of the same name, the "Planet of the Apes" movies are set in a dystopian future where hyper-intelligent apes clash with humans for control of the world.

Find out what else there is to stream for your next movie night with this list of the 10 most popular films on Hulu as of April 12. Stacker compiled the list using data from Reelgood, with IMDb ratings and other data points added for supplementary insights.

#10. Blade Runner 2049

- IMDb user rating: 8 (659K reviews)
- Runtime: 164 minutes
- Genres: Drama and Action & Adventure
- Director: Denis Villeneuve
- Cast: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Sylvia Hoeks
- Release date: Oct. 4, 2017

#9. Ghostbusters II

- IMDb user rating: 6.6 (223K reviews)
- Runtime: 108 minutes
- Genres: Action & Adventure and Comedy
- Director: Ivan Reitman
- Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Sigourney Weaver
- Release date: June 16, 1989

#8. Barbarian

- IMDb user rating: 7 (176K reviews)
- Runtime: 102 minutes
- Genres: Horror and Mystery
- Director: Zach Cregger
- Cast: Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, and Justin Long
- Release date: Sept. 8, 2022

#7. Those Who Wish Me Dead

- IMDb user rating: 6 (71K reviews)
- Runtime: 100 minutes
- Genres: Drama and Western
- Director: Taylor Sheridan
- Cast: Angelina Jolie, Finn Little, and Jon Bernthal
- Release date: May 5, 2021

#6. The Creator

- IMDb user rating: 6.8 (156K reviews)
- Runtime: 133 minutes
- Genres: Drama and Action & Adventure
- Director: Gareth Edwards
- Cast: John David Washington, Madeleine Yuna Voyles, and Gemma Chan
- Release date: Sept. 27, 2023

#5. The Omen

- IMDb user rating: 7.5 (130K reviews)
- Runtime: 111 minutes
- Genres: Horror and Mystery
- Director: Richard Donner
- Cast: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, and David Warner
- Release date: June 25, 1976

#4. War for the Planet of the Apes

- IMDb user rating: 7.4 (272K reviews)
- Runtime: 140 minutes
- Genres: Drama and Action & Adventure
- Director: Matt Reeves
- Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, and Steve Zahn
- Release date: July 11, 2017

#3. Ghostbusters

- IMDb user rating: 7.8 (447K reviews)
- Runtime: 105 minutes
- Genres: Action & Adventure and Horror
- Director: Ivan Reitman
- Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Sigourney Weaver
- Release date: June 8, 1984

#2. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

- IMDb user rating: 7.6 (547K reviews)
- Runtime: 105 minutes
- Genres: Drama and Action & Adventure
- Director: Rupert Wyatt
- Cast: James Franco, Andy Serkis, and Freida Pinto
- Release date: Aug. 3, 2011

#1. Dune: Part One

- IMDb user rating: 8 (841K reviews)
- Runtime: 155 minutes
- Genres: Drama and Action & Adventure
- Director: Denis Villeneuve
- Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, and Oscar Isaac
- Release date: Sept. 15, 2021

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