Netflix: ‘Glass Onion’ Third-Most-Watched Original Movie After 10 Days Release

Director Rian Johnson’s Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion, generated another 127.3 million hours viewed to rank No. 1 overall and on Netflix’s English language movie list for the week ended Jan. 1.

With Daniel Craig’s return as detective Benoit Blanc, Glass Onion entered Netflix’s “Most Popular List” with 209.4 million hours viewed after 10 days of release — making it the third-most-watched film by hours viewed (after Red Notice and Don’t Look Up). The original 2019 Knives Out continued a resurgence with 16.8 million hours viewed. 

Separately, Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical entered the chart in the No. 2 spot with 41 million hours viewed. Starring Academy Award winner Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull and Alisha Weir as Matilda, the movie was in the top 10 in 89 countries. Director Noah Baumbach’s White Noise (14.8 million hours), co-starring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, and gothic horror film The Invitation (12.2 million), both landed in the top 10 in their Netflix debuts. 

Among episodic programming, “Wednesday” continues to have strong legs, generating almost 104 million hours viewed — a record sixth-straight week above the century mark. All three seasons of “Emily in Paris” continue to resonate with fashionistas. Season one saw 14.6 million hours viewed, while season two added another 15.21 million hours. The current season three generated an impressive 95.3 million hours viewed.

Other popular series included “The Witcher: Blood Origin” (64.5 million hours viewed), “The Recruit” (43.4 million hours), “Harry & Meghan” (22.5 million hours), animated series “Sonic Prime” (13.4 million hours) and season two of “Firefly Lane” (12.8 million hours). New to the list was political thriller “Treason,” with 56 million hours viewed. 

Italian mystery 7 Women and a Murder topped the non-English-language movie list with almost 10 million hours viewed. Norwegian action-adventure Troll, Mexican romantic comedy A Not So Merry Christmas, Spanish mystery God’s Crooked Lines, Indonesian action-adventure The Big 4, Italian action-adventure My Name is Vendetta and German drama All Quiet on the Western Front continued their respective runs on the list.   

On the non-English-language TV list, Japanese dystopian thriller “Alice in Borderland” took the top two spots on the list with 30.2 million hours viewed (season one) and 74.3 million hours viewed (season two). It was the most hours viewed in a week for a Japanese series on Netflix.

New list entrants included Korean drama “The Glory” (25.4 million hours viewed) and Mexican dramas “Daughter From Another Mother” (22.5 million) and season three of “La Reina del Sur” (22.4 million hours viewed). Other popular Korean titles included drama “Alchemy of Souls” (Part 2) and reality dating competition “Singles Inferno,” along with Colombian dramas “The Unbroken Voice” and “Til Money Do Us Part.”

Netflix to Bow ‘Knives Out’ Movie Sequel Exclusively in Theaters Nov. 23

Netflix Oct. 6 announced a seven-day (Nov. 23-29) theatrical sneak preview event for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Rian Johnson, the follow up to his 2019 box office hit Knives Out will be the first-ever Netflix film to debut across all three major US theatrical chains: AMC, Regal and Cinemark.

The original, which featured Christopher Plummer in one of his last roles, generated more than $311 million at the global box office. Netflix acquired the rights to the sequel and third film for a reported $469 million.

Glass Onion will also play in additional select theaters in the U.S. and internationally including Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Israel, Australia and New Zealand. The movie will debut globally on Netflix one month later on Dec. 23. 

“I’m over the moon that Netflix has worked with AMC, Regal and Cinemark to get Glass Onion in theaters for this one-of-a-kind sneak preview,” Johnson said in a statement. 

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Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery sees Daniel Craig return as suave southern sleuth Benoit Blanc as he peels back the layers on a new mystery surrounded by a colorful coterie of suspects played by a cast that includes Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista.

“We’re excited to offer fans an exclusive sneak preview of Rian’s incredible film. Given the excitement surrounding the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, we hope fans will enjoy this special theatrical event in celebration of the film’s global debut on Netflix in December,” said Scott Stuber, head of global film at Netflix.

The limited-time-only sneak preview event will play in approximately 600 theaters in the U.S., with additional theaters around the world. Tickets will go on sale Monday, Oct. 10 at 

Netflix Slates 68 Movie Releases for 2022, Including ‘Knives Out’ Sequel

Netflix on Feb. 3 announced a record film slate of 68 movies in 2022, starring ‘A’-listers such as Christian Bale, Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, Judd Apatow, Jordan Peele and Ryan Reynolds.

Highlights include the eagerly awaited sequel to Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, with Daniel Craig; the actioner The Gray Man, with Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans; and the epic sci-fi adventure The Mothership, which stars Halle Berry.

For families, there’s Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldaña in The Adam Project; The School for Good and Evil, with Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington; and Roald Dahl’s Matilda, with Lashana Lynch and Emma Thompson. 

Also in the pipeline are the comedy You People, with Jonah Hill and Eddie Murphy; the return of Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill as sibling detectives in Enola Holmes 2; and two films each starring Adam Sandler (Hustle and Spaceman) and Jamie Foxx (Day Shift and They Cloned Tyrone).

The new Netflix slate also includes directorial debuts from Kenya Barris, Carrie Cracknell, Dev Patel, JJ  Perry, Matthew Reilly and Millicent Shelton.

Netflix in a three-minute teaser gave previews of several of its upcoming films, including Knives Out 2, Enola Holmes 2, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, and Falling for Christmas with Lindsey Lohan.

The preview features a number of talking up the joys of watching movies at home, including Charlize Theron, who maintains, “Every night is movie night.”

NBCUniversal Reportedly Considering Distributing All Movies Through Peacock After Normal Theatrical, Transactional Runs; Netflix Grabs ‘Knives Out’ Sequel

Taking a page out of the Disney over-the-top video playbook, NBCUniversal is reportedly considering diverting all future Universal Pictures releases to proprietary SVOD platform Peacock — rather than Netflix and HBO Max —  after their theatrical and transactional home entertainment runs.

Citing sources familiar with the situation, Bloomberg reports Universal’s existing distribution deals with HBO for movies such as Fast & Furious 9 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom nine months after their box office debut, and with Netflix for Illumination titles (i.e. Despicable Me, Sing), both expire at the end of this year. This would give the studio and NBCUniversal the option to channel original movies exclusively to Peacock.

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In the build-up to the launch of its own SVOD service, Disney in 2017 began holding back movies previously earmarked for Netflix distribution. Five years prior, Disney and Netflix inked a landmark agreement affording the SVOD platform exclusive access to original Disney movies — an agreement many observers say contributed to Netflix’s burgeoning appeal.

While nothing has been decided, forgoing third-party distribution could see Universal passing up hundreds of millions of dollars in annual licensing revenue for a SVOD subsidiary with 33 million account sign-ups (not subscriptions) since launching last summer.

Universal also has deals in place with exhibitors AMC Theatres and Regal that enable it to distribute movies to premium VOD as early as 17 days after their theatrical debuts, depending on box office.

At the same time, Netflix has aggressively sought to produce its own movies, including about 60 titles annually. The streamer led all studios with Oscar nominations. And HBO Max has exclusive access to Warner Bros. Pictures theatrical releases for the first 31 days.

Separately, Netflix reportedly secured sequel rights to Knives Out, the 2019 critically acclaimed ensemble murder mystery distributed by Lionsgate in a one-picture deal with Media Rights Capital, the production company behind Netflix’s “House of Cards” and “Ozark.” The $400 million to $450 million deal would be the most Netflix has ever paid to license a movie. Knives Out generated $331.3 million worldwide theatrically on a budget of $40 million.

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Sony Pictures, Lionsgate Partner on Multiyear Physical Home Entertainment Distribution Agreement

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Lionsgate Feb. 26 announced a multiyear agreement in which Sony will handle distribution of Lionsgate’s DVD/Blu-ray Disc releases in the U.S. and Canada beginning in July. Lionsgate’s North American packaged-media distribution has been handled by the former 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, which was acquired in 2019 by Disney.

Lionsgate will continue to maintain its own independent sales and marketing teams, while leveraging SPHE’s supply chain and distribution services. The agreement was jointly announced by Jason Spivak, EVP of distribution at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and Ron Schwartz, president of worldwide distribution for Lionsgate motion picture group.

“By working together, we can identify and leverage efficiencies in the supply chain that will benefit not only our respective studios, but also retailers and, ultimately, the millions of consumers who enjoy Sony Pictures and Lionsgate feature films and TV programs in the 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD formats,” Spivak said.

Schwartz said the collaboration makes both studios’ home entertainment businesses stronger and more competitive.

“Our new agreement enhances our ability to serve the retail community and consumers with innovation, adaptability and strong content slates in the years to come,” he said.

Lionsgate Home Entertainment Revenue Up Through Nine Months of Fiscal Year

Lionsgate home entertainment continues to see a digital lifeline as the pandemic undermines major new movie releases due to theatrical closures and limited seating.

The studio Feb. 4 reported third-quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2020) motion picture revenue of $250 million, down almost 48% from revenue of $474 million during the previous-year period. Segment operating income, which includes home entertainment, inched up 2% to $50 million from $49 million last year — despite higher theatrical and ancillary revenue in the prior-year quarter.

Like other studios/distributors, Lionsgate attributed the motion picture decline to the pandemic that has seen 65% of major market theatrical screens shuttered and major releases backlogged, curtailing packaged-media and digital releases.

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“Our success in generating strong returns from early PVOD, multiplatform, and hybrid models for the films FataleAntebellumRunI Can Only Imagine and The Secret speaks to our ability to monetize current films, while at the same time working with our theatrical exhibition partners to plan for the future,” CEO Jon Feltheimer said on the fiscal call.

The studio said five feature films have returned to production, three new film productions have started, and in the coming months Lionsgate will begin shooting the Wonder sequel White Bird from director Marc Forster; Shotgun Wedding, starring Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel; Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret from producer James L. Brooks; Borderlands, teaming Kevin Hart and Cate Blanchett; and John Wick 4, starring Keanu Reeves for 2022 release.

Total home entertainment movie revenue in the quarter fell 16.5% to $159.5 million, from $190.9 million during the previous-year period. DVD/Blu-ray Disc sales tallied $36.2 million, down almost 52% from $75.4 million in the previous-year period. Digital revenue increased 6.5% to $123.1 million from $115.5 million last year.

Through nine months of the fiscal year, home entertainment movie revenue is down 6.4% to $476.8 million from $509.1 million last year.

Top-selling packaged-media releases in 2020 included Midway and Knives Out.

Television production in Q3 saw operating income swing to black with $30 million on revenue of $228 million. That compared with an operating loss of $6 million and revenue of $189 million the previous year.

Television home entertainment content sales skyrocketed to $61.1 million, from $10.6 million the year before. Disc sales topped $3.1 million, up from $600,000. Digital revenue reached $58 million, up exponentially from $10 million in the previous-year period. Through nine months, home entertainment sales of TV content is up 150% to $124.7 million from $49.8 million a year earlier.

In spite of the challenges, Lionsgate is currently shooting 19 scripted television series and, another 20 unscripted shows around the world.

Through nine months of the fiscal year, total home entertainment revenue topped $601.5 million, up about 2% from revenue of $589 million during the previous-year period.

Meanwhile, Lionsgate’s move into over-the-top video distribution continues to grow. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based studio saw global subscribers, including StarzPlay Arabia, a non-consolidated equity method investee, increased to 28 million, with global OTT subscribers increasing 900,000 to 14.6 million, 52% of the total. StarzPlay International OTT subscribers grew 26% in the quarter and domestic OTT subscribers posted gains of 300,000 subs.

Starz SVOD subs in the U.S. increased to 9.5 million, up 31% from 5.6 million during the previous-year period. International subs increased to 2.4 million from 700,000. Spanish-language based SVOD Pantaya ended the period with 900,000 subs, up 50% from 600,000 subs a year ago.

“From the Starz acquisition four years ago, through the international rollout that began in 2018, we’ve been converting and scaling Starz into a modern, data-driven global subscription leader that has become the first ‘traditional’ service to have more over-the-top than linear subscribers, a critical digital inflection point,” Feltheimer said. ” By the end of next quarter, we expect streaming revenue to surpass traditional for the first time as well.”


IMDb: Ana de Armas (‘Knives Out’), Anya Chalotra (‘The Witcher’) Top Stars in 2020

Amazon-owned IMDb Dec. 1 unveiled the Top 10 Stars and Top 10 Breakout Stars of 2020. Topping the lists, respectively, Knives Out star and Golden Globe nominee Ana de Armas and Anya Chalotra from Netflix’s “The Witcher.”

Rather than base its annual rankings on small statistical samplings, reviews of professional critics, or box office performance, IMDb determines its Top 10 lists using data from proprietary data, which is based on the actual page views of more than 200 million monthly visitors to IMDb.

“Our lists … highlight the actors and actresses our fans and professional customers were most excited and curious about this year,”  Matt Kumin, head of IMDbPro, said in a statement.

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Chalotra received an IMDb “Breakout” STARmeter Award for her standout performance as Yennefer in “The Witcher,” which ranks as one of the most popular TV Shows on IMDb this year. Chalotra has been a strong performer this year on the IMDbPro STARmeter chart, spending four consecutive weeks in the No. 1 spot and an additional four weeks in the Top 10. IMDbPro STARmeter rankings are determined by page views of more than 200 million monthly visitors to IMDb worldwide. IMDb STARmeter Awards have proven to be a keenly accurate predictor of stars who are about to have a breakthrough career moment.

Previous IMDb STARmeter Award recipients in the “Breakout” category include Nicholas BraunOlivia CookeJacob ElordiPom KlementieffBrie LarsonDacre Montgomery and Miles Teller.

Cuban-born Ana de Armas, who appears with Knives Out co-star Daniel Craig in the next James Bond installment, No Time To Die, cut her teeth in Hollywood in 2015 erotic thriller Knock Knock with Keanu Reeves.

IMDb Top 10 Stars of 2020

  1. Ana de Armas
  2. Julia Garner
  3. Anya Chalotra
  4. Millie Bobby Brown
  5. Erin Moriarty
  6. Margot Robbie
  7. Aidan Gallagher
  8. Anya Taylor-Joy
  9. Linda Cardellini
  10. Henry Cavill


IMDb Top 10 Breakout Stars of 2020

  1. Anya Chalotra
  2. Aidan Gallagher
  3. Maria Bakalova
  4. Lauren Lapkus
  5. Victoria Pedretti
  6. Jurnee Smollett
  7. Alba Baptista
  8. Golshifteh Farahani
  9. Freya Allan
  10. Diana Silvers


Lionsgate Home Entertainment Drives Record $600 million FY Catalog Revenue

Strong home entertainment sales of DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digital catalog titles helped Lionsgate report record $600 million in catalog revenue for the fiscal year ended March 31.

The studio also saw strong retail sales from new releases Midway and Knives Out, the No. 6 and No. 10 top-selling movies in 2020, respectively, according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The motion picture segment reported $393 million in revenue in the fourth quarter, up nearly 10% from $358 million in revenue during the previous-year period. For the year, revenue topped $1.67 billion, a 14% increase from revenue of $1.46 billion in the previous fiscal-year period. Segment profit was $101 million.

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The only new theatrical release in the quarter, I Still Believe, was in theaters for only four days before exhibitors ceased operations due to the coronavirus. Lionsgate pivoted quickly to launch the title in the $19.99 premium video-on-demand window to mitigate lost theatrical revenue.

Television production segment revenue was $258 million and segment profit was $22 million driven in part by strong library sales.

“We reported a strong quarter to end a solid fiscal year despite the disruption posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic,” CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a statement.

‘Frozen II’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Knives Out’ Remains Atop On Demand List

Disney’s Frozen II took over the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk disc rental chart the week ended March 8. The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

The animated sequel had debuted a week earlier at No. 2 on the rental chart.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Lionsgate’s Knives Out, slipped to No. 2 on that chart, but did remain at No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

Lionsgate’s war drama Midway stayed at No. 3 on the disc chart and slid to No. 5 on the digital chart.

The week’s top new-release on Redbox’s charts was Universal’s Queen & Slim, which was No. 4 on the disc chart and No. 3 on the digital chart.

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Another new release, Universal’s Dark Waters, debuted at No. 2 on the digital chart and No. 8 on the disc chart.

Fox’s racing drama Ford v Ferrari stayed at No. 5 on Redbox’s kiosk disc rental and dropped to No. 4 on the On Demand chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended March 8:

  1. Frozen II — Disney
  2. Knives Out — Lionsgate
  3. Midway (2019) — Lionsgate
  4. Queen & Slim — Universal
  5. Ford v Ferrari — Fox
  6. 21 Bridges — Universal
  7. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood — Sony Pictures
  8. Dark Waters — Universal
  9. Playing With Fire — Paramount
  10. Joker — Warner


Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended March 8:

  1. Knives Out — Lionsgate
  2. Dark Waters — Universal
  3. Queen & Slim — Universal
  4. Ford v Ferrari — Fox
  5. Midway (2019) — Lionsgate
  6. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood — Sony Pictures
  7. 21 Bridges — Universal
  8. Zombieland: Double Tap — Sony Pictures
  9. Joker — Warner
  10. Playing With Fire — Paramount


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‘Frozen II’ Dominates Disc Sales

The Disney animated hit Frozen II dominated home video sales the week ended Feb. 29, topping both NPD VideoScan’s First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The sequel to 2013’s Frozen earned $477.1 million at the domestic box office and $1.45 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing non-photorealistic animated film of all time. The first film spent nine weeks as the No. 1 seller when it hit disc in 2014, including eight consecutive weeks upon its debut.

Lionsgate’s Knives Out debuted at No. 2, selling about 14% as many copies as Frozen II. The murder mystery from writer-director Rian Johnson earned $164.8 million at the domestic box office.

The previous week’s top seller, the war film Midway from Lionsgate, slipped to No. 3 on both charts in its second week.

Also in its second week, the Mr. Rogers docudrama A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood fell to No. 4 on both charts.

No. 5 on both charts was the racing drama Ford v Ferrari, from Disney-owned 20th Century Fox.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 78% of total unit sales for Frozen II, with 9% of its overall tally coming from the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition. For Knives Out, 66% of its total came from Blu-ray, with 17% of its total from 4K Ultra HD.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended March 1, Knives Out took the top spot, with Frozen II at No. 2.

Midway dropped to No. 3, while Universal Pictures’ 21 Bridges took No. 4, and Ford v Ferrari was No. 5.

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