The reviews may have been decidedly mixed (read our ★ ★ ★ take here), but it appears that a 33-year wait for the sequel was enough to ensure that viewers rushed to stream Coming 2 America during its opening weekend, so-much-so that according to Screen Engine/ASI’s weekly tracking, the Eddie Murphy comedy was the #1 streamed movie of the weekend, the #1 streamed movie of 2021, and the #1 streamed movie in the whole of the past twelve months. A royal flush for King Akeem.
The Amazon release topped pandemic affected The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run as the top streaming movie over the weekend, also beating out Netflix’s To All the Boys: Always and Forever, I Care a Lot, and HBO Max’s Tom and Jerry: The Movie to the #1 spot.
Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios said, “The Zamunda Royal family has arrived and audiences around the globe welcomed them enthusiastically! The premiere of Coming 2 America has far exceeded any of our wildest expectations. It’s clear an entire new generation of fans have joined the enormous loyal fanbase who already adored the magical world created by global phenom Eddie Murphy, the incredibly talented filmmaking team and the hilarious, all-star cast of existing and newly-cemented legends. Coming 2 America is the perfectly fun, celebratory, escapist, feel-good comedy movie that worldwide audiences needed.”
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Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.
Currently streaming on Amazon Prime Coming 2 America sees the return of Eddie Murphy (Akeem), Arsenio Hall (Semmi), James Earl Jones (King Jaffe Joffer), Shari Headley (Queen Lisa), John Amos (Cleo McDowell), Louie Anderson (Maurice) and the barbershop crew, along with new cast additions Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Jermaine Fowler, Bella Murphy, Rotimi, KiKi Layne, Nomzamo Mbatha and Teyana Taylor.