Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F Tops Netflix Movies Chart With 41 Million Views in Debut

Maybe Eddie Murphy will get the green light on his fifth turn as Axel Foley?

Netflix’s Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F, which premiered on Fourth of July Eve, racked up 41 million viewers in its debut, topping the streaming giant’s English Movies chart for the week of July 1. (Netflix properly measures as “view” as total minutes viewed divided by running time.)

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Running not quite two hours, the 40-year-old franchise’s third sequel finds Murphy‘s Detroit police detective making a beeline for Los Angeles when his daughter Jane’s life is threatened. A criminal defense attorney, Jane is under fire for representing an accused cop killer, though her client — and a lead being diligently chased by Beverly Hills PD vet Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold), now a P.I. — suggest that all is not as it seems.

In addition to Murphy and Reinhold, franchise vets John Ashton, Paul Reiser and Bronson Pinchot all put in appearances, as Taggart (un-retired and now an LAPD police chief), Jeffrey (now Axel’s boss at the Detroit PD) and that lemon tweeest-loving Serge. New to the mix are Taylour Paige (The BaxtersHit the Floor) as the aforementioned Jane Saunders, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as LAPD Detective Bobby Abbott, and Kevin Bacon as the head of a narcotics task force.

TVLine’s review gave Axel F a grade of “C+,” while the average grade from TVLine readers was a “B.”

In its second week of eligibility (after topping Netflix’s English Movies chart last week with 27 million views), A Family Affair starring Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and Joey King placed second this time around, adding another 31.9 million views.

The Jessica Alba action-thriller Trigger Warning, after generating 26 million views in its debut week, added another 8 million in Week 2 to come in at No. 3.

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