‘Murder Mystery’ Smashes Records to Achieve Netflix’s Biggest Opening Ever

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It seems that Netflix is on a winning streak at the moment, not just with its original series, but with its movies too. The streaming giant has already got huge hits such as Birdbox, starring Sandra Bullock, and Will Smith’s Bright under its belt, and, now, Netflix appears to have another success story to add to the list, and it stars two of our favorite comedy natives.

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler are no strangers to the comedy scene. Let’s be honest, almost every beloved, cheesy comedy seems to star at least one part of the duo.

Well, it appears that they’re back at it again with the release of another Netflix movie, and it’s already been raking in the views…

Though we aren’t sure that they really need much introducing…

After wrapping up her flagship role as Rachel Green in the sitcom Friends in 2004, the actress has seemingly stuck to her comedy roots, starring in countless rom-coms, including 2006’s The Break Up, 2013’s We’re The Millers, Marley and Me in 2008, and, more recently, Mother’s Day and Horrible Bosses 2.  

The actor kicked off his career as a Saturday Night Live cast member and went on to become an established face in the comedy sector of Hollywood, starring in the likes of popular movies, Grown Ups, 50 First Dates and, most famously, the ’90s comedy classic, Happy Gilmore.

You may remember them starring in this film together.

The pair starred alongside each other in the 2011 rom-com, Just Go With It.

The film follows a recently heartbroken plastic surgeon, Danny (Adam Sandler), who convinces his assistant, Katherine (Jennifer Aniston), to pose as his soon-to-be-ex-wife to cover up a lie that he told to his much-younger girlfriend.

When Aniston was awarded her Hollywood Star in 2012, Sandler not only accompanied the actress, he also made a speech at the event.

Starring together in Just Go With It isn’t the only thing that the pair have in common…

They also both have affiliations with the streaming giant, Netflix.

Aniston recently starred in Netflix’s Dolly Parton-inspired movie, Dumplin’.

The musical, inspired by the music of country-queen, Dolly Parton, saw Aniston star as the former pageant queen mother of a teenage daughter, Willowdean, whom she calls “Dumplin'”. In protest, Willowdean signs up to her mom’s Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant, but this soon turns into an escalation that quickly starts to alter the rigid stereotypes that come hand-in-hand with the pageant.

The A-lister’s “Happy Madison Productions” company signed a 4-year-movie deal with Netflix in 2014, as well as a deal for a further 4 movies in 2017.

Sandler’s more recent box office appearances haven’t gone down as well with critics, leading people to question why Netflix opted to seal a deal with the comedy actor. Some people were pretty harsh about it.

His first two films for the platform – The Ridiculous 6 and The Do-Over – brought in staggering numbers that made them the two highest streamed movies on Netflix at the time. Wow.

People criticize Sandler, but it seems that they still keep coming back for more as his latest film, Murder Mystery, has skyrocketed to popularity in the short three days since its debut; it’s even managed to break a huge record…

Comedy and murder mystery… what is this film actually about?

The film follows a couple from New York who get caught up in the middle of a mystery surrounding the death of an old billionaire during a belated honeymoon trip to Europe. It’s essentially been described as Murder on the Orient Express with added comedy elements.

Fans seemed to have rushed to their Netflix accounts to watch the comedy during its opening weekend. Though many people have since taken to Twitter to praise the film, stats have also surfaced proving just how well this movie has done and they’re pretty staggering…

Murder Mystery smashed records with millions tuning in after its release. Specifically, 30,869,863 accounts worldwide watched the film during its first three days, making it the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix film. They’re some eye-watering statistics.  

Until Murder Mystery, Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock, reigned as Netflix’s biggest hit at 45 million views over its first full week after release, but, now, it seems that Aniston and Sandler’s European-based comedy is on track for beating Bird Box to the top spot.

But a Netflix spokesperson later confirmed that the data that was tweeted out was accurate. They also said that Netflix only counts views if members finished at least seventy percent of a film – so basically, they’ve not cheated.

Executives used to say that this data “didn’t matter for a subscription service that wasn’t relying on advertising,” but it seems like,  recently, the streaming giant has been letting us into some of their success stories.  

If you aren’t one of the thirty million people who have watched Murder Mystery, we suggest that you log into your Netflix account right now…

The movie is available worldwide to stream on Netflix now.

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