John Cena has been a part of some impressive franchises. He’s been in the Transformers universe, Peacemaker, and even the Barbie movie. Some fans may have forgotten about the role that started it all, but that movie is getting a lot of new eyes on it.

John Cena’s 2006 film, The Marine, jumpstarted his career in Hollywood. That film also spawned several sequels, but John Cena only stared in the first one. Still, that first movie is what is getting all the attention now.

When The Marine dropped, it was panned. Critics didn’t like it at all, and it led to some cynical fans. John Cena’s career in acting still took off and there is nothing that anyone can do about that.

Now, so many years later, Screen Rant reports that The Marine’s first film is now getting love on Netflix. The film was freshly uploaded to the streaming site, and fans are paying attention.


Fast-forward almost two decades after The Marine was first released, and the John Cena film has unexpectedly emerged as a global hit on Netflix. During the week of December 18 to 24, the film brought in 7.6 million hours viewed.

That viewing hours number secured the 10th spot in Netflix’s Global Top 10. Naturally, many fans saw John Cena had a new movie on Netflix, and they were game to check it out. The fact that it is a throwback film only added to thing.

The 2006 Marine film was directed by John Bonito with a screenplay by Michelle Gallagher and Alan B. McElroy. Although fans seem to love it now, it originally garnered predominantly negative reviews.

Despite a lackluster box office performance, grossing $22 million against a $15 million production budget, The Marine obviously became a cult classic. The film also spawned a series of five direct-to-video sequels.

What’s your take on The Marine taking off in popularity? Do you subscribe to Netflix? Let us know what you think in the comments section!

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