Adam Sandler movies and beloved sitcom “Friends” remain among Netflix’s most-watched content, and a new film combining the two has paid off big time.
In a tweet issued by @NetflixIsAJoke (the streaming service’s Twitter account dedicated to promoting its comedies), Netflix offers up some impressive viewership numbers for the new comedy “Murder Mystery”, starring Sandler and former “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston.
According to Netflix, 30,869,863 accounts watched the film in its first three days, with 13,374,914 accounts in North America watching “Murder Mystery” and 17,494,949 accounts watching worldwide.
This, Netflix declared, set a new record for the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix movie.
Sandler and Aniston were previously partnered on the big screen for the 2011 comedy “Just Go With It”, which grossed $214.9 million worldwide.
Sandler made headlines in 2014 when he signed a deal with Netflix to exclusively bring his next four films to the streaming giant; at the time, this was the first deal of its kind, paving the way for numerous other actors and producers to bring their projects to Netflix.
The first batch of movies was successful enough for Netflix to re-up its deal despite notoriously low ratings on Rotten Tomatoes (where Sandler’s first Netflix flick, “The Ridiculous 6”, has the rare distinction of having a 0 per cent score).
In fact, the partnership with Sandler appears to be Netflix’s most successful venture. In its 2017 first-quarter earnings report, the company proudly proclaimed, “Since the launch of ‘The Ridiculous 6’, Netflix members have spent more than a half-billion hours enjoying the films of Adam Sandler,” adding, “We continue to be excited by our Sandler relationship and our members continue to be thrilled by his films.”