Netflix is notoriously secret about how many people watch movies and TV shows that are so expensive to produce.
The streaming giant offered one little More clarity about the popularity of some of his original films that reveal Bloomberg that “,” a Chris Hemsworth action film, “Bird Box”, a dystopian thriller starring Sandra Bullock that navigates through a bleak hell landscape that may not be that far away in the future and “Spenser Confidential”, a machismo thriller that Mark Wahlberg reunites with “Lone Survivor” Peter Berg, were among the three most watched debuts.
Extraction received 99 million views in the first four weeks of release, Birdbox was seen by 89 million, and Spenser Confidential was streamed by 85 million subscribers. It is unclear how many of these viewers were there for the credits, since Netflix registers anyone who has watched a film for two minutes or more. Not surprisingly, Netflix is working on follow-up to Extraction and Birdbox.
As Bloomberg emphasizes, a constant feature in the films that clicked with viewers was the presence of a big star – be it a Hemsworth, an Wahlberg, a Bullock, a Reynolds or a Sandler. Old school writers, not so much (although a cinephile case has been made for Mr. Bay before).
More traditional studios aren’t excited about the way Netflix picks the cheapest numbers for publication. They privately gripe that the financial performance of their films is rated weekly when the numbers are released at the box office (Netflix does not share data from the selected films that are shown in cinemas). That means Netflix can be happy about its winners and hide its losers.
Here are the full top 10:
Extraction (99 million)
Bird crate (89 million)
Spenser confidential (85 million)
6 underground (83 million)
Murder Secret (73 million)
The Irishman (64 million)
Triple Frontier (63 million)
The wrong Missy (59 million)
The platform (56 million)
The perfect date (48 million)