Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston's new film marks Netflix's biggest opening weekend

'Murder Mystery' broke records on the streaming service


Entertainment Desk June 20, 2019
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In case you haven't noticed, Netflix debuted Adam Sandler's latest Murder Mystery and it's created quite the stir on the streaming service.

Netflix revealed that the film, which also stars Jennifer Aniston, broke viewing records and was seen by close to 30.9 million viewers in its first three days, reported Fox News.

A Netflix spokesperson confirmed that the data tweeted out about the impressive viewership was accurate and clarified that Netflix only counts views if members finished at least 70% of a film.

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Netflix signed a four-film deal with Sandler in 2015 and doubled down with a deal for another four films in 2017. Its work with the Click star came at a time when his movies weren’t doing as well in theatres, leading some to wonder why Netflix was striking deals him.

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If these numbers are any indication though, it's safe to say the comedian is still drawing huge audiences, at least on Netflix. In recent months, the website has been highlighting a number of hand-selected success stories despite keeping tight-lipped about its ratings previously.

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“Over the next several months, we are going to be rolling out more specific, granular reporting,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said. He promised to release more such data in the near future saying, “First to our producers, and then to our members, and be more fully transparent about what people are watching on Netflix around the world.”

On that note, executives shared the Ben Affleck-starrer Triple Frontier was watched by over 52 million member users in its first four weeks on the service. The company’s Fyre Festival doc had been viewed by more than 20 million households in its first month and its dark superhero series The Umbrella Academy attracted 45 million views in the first four weeks.

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