Spiderhead, Netflix’s new starring psychological thriller, had a huge opening weekend on the streaming service with over 35 million hours of viewing. But that wasn’t enough to see it take the top spot on Netflix’s weekly roundup of its biggest movies.
Netflix is publishing a weekly list detailing its most popular TV shows and movies. (opens in new tab) over a seven-day period since November 2021. The list ranks titles based on weekly hours viewed – that is, the total number of hours subscribers globally watched each title between Monday and Sunday of the previous week, with Netflix sharing four separate lists; two for movies (English and non-English) and two for TV shows (English and non-English).
Spiderhead, which is based on the George Sanders short story Escape From Spiderhead, stars Thor actor Chris Hemsworth, Maverick’s Top Gun: Miles Teller, Birds Of Prey’s Jurnee Smollett, and Alien: Covenant’s Tess Haubrich.
The Netflix movie is set in the near future and in a world where convicted felons are given the chance to volunteer as medical subjects to shorten their sentences.
Hemsworth, who is also a producer, plays Steve Abnesti, the supervisor of the experiment, which includes giving an inmate a new drug capable of generating feelings of love. The prisoner, Jeff de Teller, begins to feel a connection with another prisoner named Rachel, but knowing about the trial, he begins to question the reality of his emotions. As things progress, Jeff tries to overcome the prison’s experiments and save her…
Joseph Kosinski, who is about to impress us with his long-awaited spectacular action sequel Top Gun, directed the film, with the script coming from Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
The film had a very respectable debut, peaking at number two on the weekly summary, 12 million hours ahead of its next challenger, the animated adventure Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness. But despite Hemsworth and Teller’s star power, which is still on the rise with the success of Top Gun: Maverick, there’s one man they couldn’t defeat…
The Sandman comes…
Adam Sandler. Specifically his new sports drama, Hustle, which had a second week at the top of the charts.
Hustle didn’t beat Spiderhead as much as it beat him, with 57.2 million hours of viewing, 22 million ahead of the star-studded sci-fi effort. What’s even more impressive is that it’s Hustle’s second week on the platform, last week it clocked in at 84.6 million hours of viewing.
The film is a sports drama, starring Sandler as Stanley Sugarman, a basketball scout who, after discovering a once-in-a-lifetime player with a difficult past abroad, takes it upon himself to bring the young phenomenon to the United States without approval. of your team. Against all odds, the duo must work to prove they both deserve to be big in the NBA.
Analysis: Is Spiderhead a flop or is Hustle a steamroller?
The answer is a little of both.
Hustle has undoubtedly surpassed expectations, with the film now closing in on 150 million viewing hours and earning a spot in the Top 10 in 92 countries.
In part, this is due to good reviews, a rarity for Sandler. The film has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. (opens in new tab)and ‘s Jon O’Brien agreed, writing in their review that the film was worth watching.
Spiderhead, on the other hand, won’t have done the numbers that Netflix expected. 35 million hours is a lot, but as a opening weekend, it lags far behind Rebel Wilson comedy Senior Year, which made 62 million in its opening weekend, Ryan Reynolds’ adventure The Adam Project, which it made nearly 100 million, and even a widely panned erotic sequel, 365 Days: This Day, took in nearly 78 million.
As much as Hustle had good reviews, Spiderhead’s were mixed, with a 41% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (opens in new tab). ‘s Richard Edwards was unconvinced of this, writing that the casting was wrong, particularly Hemsworth.
35 million hours is a respectable, but with Hemsworth, Teller and an on-demand production team, Netflix is hoping for Adam Project-style numbers and an all-time Top 10 spot. That won’t happen now.
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