Argylle funny spy flick keeps drawing a big audience


Henry Cavill and Dua Lipa are among the many stars of Argylle, now streaming on Apple TV+.
Henry Cavill and Dua Lipa in Argylle, now on Apple TV+.
Photo: Apple TV+

The action-comedy romance film Argylle stayed near the top of streaming popularity charts for a third week. The Apple TV+ spy-vs-spy thriller is chock full of celebrities.

Plus, the dark, gritty series Sugar continues to pull in big audiences on Apple’s streaming service for another week, too. It features Colin Farrell as a private investigator solving a mystery.

Argylle is a streaming hit for Apple TV+

Star power attracts attention to movies, and Argylle is packed with big names, including Henry Cavill, Dua Lipais, John Cena, Samuel L. Jackson, Bryce Dallas Howard and many more.

The strategy clearly worked as the film has been on Reelgood’s list of Top 10 films on streaming since it premiered in April, and it is now at No. 3 on the list for the week ending May 2. And it’s at No. 7 on rival tracking service JustWatch‘s list of top streaming shows for the week ending April 28.

Popular Streaming Films May 2, 2024
Argylle did well with audiences last week.
Chart: JustWatch/ReelGood

Estimates from companies like Reelgood and JustWatch are necessary because streaming services rarely reveal how many people watch their offerings.

The spy thriller turns spy-movie tropes upside down. Apple’s description says:

Elly Conway, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, is the reclusive cat-loving author of a series of bestselling espionage novels about the impossibly glamorous secret agent Argylle (Henry Cavill), who’s on a mission to unravel a nefarious spy syndicate. When Elly, with the help of feline-hating real-life spy Aidan (Sam Rockwell), discovers that her story mirrors the actions of an actual spy organization, a dangerous game of cat and mouse ensues. In order to stay one step ahead of the syndicate’s assassins while also working to prevent a global crisis, these two unlikely conspirators — accompanied by Alfie the cat — find themselves in an adventure story of their own.

The spy-vs-spy fun is ready to stream now. After the film premiered in theatres on February 2, Argylle made its global streaming debut on Apple TV+ on Friday, April 12.

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Colin Farrell helps make Sugar popular

Speaking of star power, Colin Farrell’s celebrity helped draw plenty of attention to Sugar. He stars as a private detective searching for the missing granddaughter of a Hollywood magnate, and the Apple TV+ series has stayed near the tops of the charts since it premiered in April.

It’s at No. 7 on Reelgood’s list of Top 10 TV shows on streaming last week, and at No. 9 on the equivalent JustWatch list.

Popular Streaming Series May 2, 2024
Both Sugar and Palm Royale get larger than average audiences.
Photo: JustWatch/ReelGood

There’s more the Apple TV+ detective series than name recognition. The official description says:

Sugar is a contemporary, unique take on one of the most popular and significant genres in literary, motion picture and television history: the private detective story. Academy Award nominee Colin Farrell stars as John Sugar, an American private investigator on the heels of the mysterious disappearance of Olivia Siegel, the beloved granddaughter of legendary Hollywood producer Jonathan Siegel. As Sugar tries to determine what happened to Olivia, he will also unearth Siegel family secrets; some very recent, others long-buried.”

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Six episodes of Sugar are available now. New episodes will be added on successive Fridays.

Watch these hits and more on Apple TV+

Watching Argylle and Sugar plus many other series or films comes with a subscription to Apple TV+. It is $9.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. You can also access it via any tier of the Apple One subscription bundle.

And Apple’s streaming video service also includes much more, of course. There’s a library of drama, comedies, sci-fi, musicals, children’s shows, nature documentaries, etc.

Want more tips on what to watch on Apple TV+? Read our guide to the 15 best shows on Apple TV+.

Note: This article was originally published April 20, 2024. It has been updated several times with a new week of data. 


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