Many of us spent far too much time in front of the idiot box last year, with many of use signing up for even more streaming services and checking out a wide range of shows. The  Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA) has today revealed the most-watched and best-selling movie and television titles for 2020.

If you were like me you consumed your shows from a variety of sources and AHEDA confirmed that with sources widely in use included Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play, Foxtel Store, YouTube, Telstra Box Office and Fetch. They also expect this trend of an increase in streaming services to continue in the future.

The top lists may be a bit of a surprise but also serve to remind us of show we intended to watch but never got around to it. You may also have started a series but never got to the end of it (I know I did several times) and this may serve a way to remind you to go and finish said series. The top selling movie for the year was Jumanji: The Next Level with Outlander the most watched series (and the inspiration for my dog Fraser’s name).

Top 10 Best Selling Movies:

  1. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  2. Sonic The Hedgehog (Paramount) 
  3. Frozen 2 (Disney)
  4. Joker (2019) (Roadshow)
  5. Star Wars: Episode IX- The Rise Of Skywalker (Disney)
  6. Bad Boys For Life (Sony)
  7. The Gentlemen (Roadshow)
  8. Bloodshot (Sony)
  9. Scoob! (Warner Bros)
  10. Ford V Ferrari (Disney)

Top 10 Rented Movies:

  1. Joker (2019) (Roadshow)
  2. Sonic The Hedgehog (Paramount)
  3. The Gentlemen (Roadshow)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony)
  5. Gemini Man (2019) (Paramount)
  6. 1917 (Entertainment One)
  7. Knives Out (Sony)
  8. Ford V Ferrari (Disney)
  9. Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood (Sony)
  10. Hustlers (Roadshow)

Top 10 TV Series:

  1. Outlander – The Complete 5th Series (Sony)
  2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – The Complete 7th Series (Universal)
  3. The 100 – The Complete 7th Series (Warner Bros)
  4. Vikings – The Complete 6th Series (MGM)
  5. The Undoing – The Complete 1st Series (HBO)
  6. Supernatural – The Complete 15th Series (Warner Bros)
  7. Big Little Lies – The Complete 2nd Series (HBO)
  8. Game Of Thrones – The Complete 8th Series (HBO)
  9. Chernobyl – The Complete 1st Series (HBO)
  10. Succession – The Complete 1st Series (HBO)

Top 10 Australian Produced Movies:

  1. Ride Like A Girl (Sony)
  2. The Invisible Man (2020) (Universal)
  3. Miss Fisher & The Crypt Of Tears (Roadshow)
  4. Danger Close: The Battle Of Long Tan (Sony)
  5. 100% Wolf (Universal)
  6. Go! (Roadshow)
  7. Peter Rabbit (Sony)
  8. Black Water: Abyss (Universal)
  9. Carl Barron – Drinking With A Fork (Universal)
  10. The Nightingale (Sony) 

With the pandemic far from over it is likely our home consumption of movies and shows will continue to dominate our viewing preferences. It is definitely interesting that COVID-19 has changed our lives forever in so many ways and included in that is our viewing habits.

Survey after survey is noting changes in our viewing over the past year which is unsurprising but time will tell if it continues into the future. There is nothing like the full theatre experience– including the popcorn — and it’s unlikely that experience will be superseded any time soon. In the meantime though why not check out one of the Australian produced movies and help support Australian artists.