December 28, 2020
Netflix original movie The Midnight Sky, starring and directed by George Clooney, has quietly topped the streamer’s most-popular chart for five consecutive days since its Dec. 23 launch. With Netflix’s 73 million U.S. subscribers required to stream just 120 seconds of Sky to register as viewers, according to the SVOD pioneer, odds are high the movie surpassed streaming viewership for Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max and Soul on Disney+.
The sci-fi film, based on the novel Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton, follows a scientist (Clooney) who must venture through the frozen Arctic with a young girl to warn off a returning spaceship following a global catastrophe. Co-stars include Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Tiffany Boone, Demián Bichir, Kyle Chandler and Caoilinn Springall.
While Sky was surpassed during the day (Dec. 28) by Shonda Rhimes’ original British period drama “Bridgerton,” the movie outlasted Netflix’s Oscar hopeful Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom by two days atop the streamer’s Top 10 chart. The latter stars Oscar winner Viola Davis in the title role and features the late Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) in his final role.