Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery becomes Netflix’s sixth-biggest debut, with 82.1 million hours
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, director Rian Johnson’s latest thriller, is now Netflix’s sixth-biggest debut, by watch time. The Streamer Rankings for the period December 19-25 saw the Daniel Craig-directed mystery follow-up topped the charts for an English-language film, recording 82.1 million hours watched in its first week. Glass Onion dropped on December 23 on the platform, meaning its numbers were calculated simply over a three-day period. The second Knives Out film had a limited theatrical release in select countries a month prior.
Those numbers put Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery just behind The Unforgivable, directed by Sandra Bullock, which scored 85.86 million viewing hours on its debut. According to Netflix, the current record holder in the English-language category is Red Notice, whose key ingredient was the main line-up of Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds. The film opened with 148.70 hours of recorded viewing time upon release. The three positions between them are filled by director Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up (111.03 million hours), The Adam Project directed by Reynolds (92.43 million hours) and the very dear Russo brothers present The Gray Man (88.55 million hours).
The sequel to Knives Out has made its way into the Netflix Top 10 tracks in all 93 countries. Glass Onion was ranked #1 in 67 countries – India is not one of them. It helps that the Craig-directed movie was released during the Christmas season, which meant a lot of people were home over the winter break, especially up North. Disaster documentary The Volcano: Rescue From Whakaari follows closely last week with 25.1 million viewing hours, while Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio was knocked down to third place, garnering 19.6 million. hours of viewing. The latter held the top spot in the last week on record.
The Knives Out franchise marked a big investment for Netflix last year, with the studio picking up the rights to two sequels, including Glass Onion and Knives Out 3 – grossing $450 million (about Rs. 3,730 crore). Craig reprized the role of Detective Benoit Blanc in the sequel, this time heading to Greece, where tech billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton) is hosting a murder mystery party at his lavish residence. The latter’s closest and dearest friends are invited to the annual tropical getaway, who turn into suspects when an actual murder occurs. The film features an ensemble cast including Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Kate Hudson, Jessica Henwick, Dave Bautista and Madelyn Cline.
When it comes to English TV rankings, the Jenna Ortega-led Wednesday has maintained the No. 1 spot since its release last month, in which it surpassed Stranger Things 4’s record for most first-week viewing time. The December 19-25 period sees season 3 of Emily in Paris directed by Lily Collins in second place with 117.6 million hours watched, followed by Noah Centineo star The Recruit with 95.5 million. hours on Netflix.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is now streaming on Netflix.