KalturaMediaEntry object has
plays members which are set to the total number of views and plays.
And so, calling media->get() and looking at these fields will give you the grand total.
If you wish to see the number of plays for a given time period, you can use:
report->getTotal(), passing the entry ID as
objectIds and reportType=1 (TOP_CONTENT)
Here is an example using the PHP client:
$reportType = KalturaReportType::TOP_CONTENT;
$reportInputFilter = new KalturaReportInputFilter();
$reportInputFilter->fromDay = 20170101;
$reportInputFilter->toDay = 20180101;
$objectIds = '1_hqzw282w';
$result = $client->report->getTotal($reportType, $reportInputFilter, $objectIds);
Which will return something like this: