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Soul Surfer: One Of Eight Forgotten Films Resurfacing During Pandemic

Thursday May 28th, 2020

Source : Paj Ba
By : Dustin Rowles

Bethany was in the Kauai Christian Fellowship youth ministry when she suffered the shark attack. It has been a privilege to share her story through Soul Surfer, 2 documentaries and through the ConGRADulations! Graduation Gift. It is exciting to see how Soul Surfer has continued to have major impact during the pandemic times. Check out her words to the Class of 2020 http://grad2020.com

I have been writing the weekend box office report over on Uproxx for about four years now. However, when the pandemic came along — and there was no more box office to write about (except for Wretched, the top film of the last 3 weeks, thanks to drive-ins) — I had to get a little creative in order to keep my Sunday morning post going. Several other outlets have since followed suit, but on that very first weekend, I began writing about the top films on VOD, iTunes, Hulu, and Netflix.

It was only a few months ago that Netflix began displaying on its service the top 10 movies at any given time. On most weeks, the top film is usually whatever the latest Netflix original is — Extraction, Coffee & Kareem, Lovebirds, etc., although occasionally, it has surfaced an interesting movie that I’d previously never heard about (like The Platform).

The other thing I have noticed is that nearly every week an old title of an otherwise forgettable movie resurfaces in the top ten movies. Usually, it’s because the movie just became available on the service, and I suspect the Netflix algorithm has a lot to do with it, too. It’s still nevertheless surprising to see some of these movies generate thousands of new viewers over a weekend.

Since March, here’s 8 older movies that have appeared in the top five of Netflix’s Most Popular.

Soul Surfer — I never saw Soul Surfer, but I knew it was not only a faith-based film, but one of the first Christian movies with some major crossover success. I don’t know that much about Bethany Hamilton, but I’ll admit that I liked her on her season of Amazing Race.

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