Spiderhead, a Netflix starry new psychological thriller, has had a great opening weekend on the streaming service with over 35 million hours of viewing. However, that wasnt enough to see it take the top spot in the weekly rundown of its most popular films.
Netflix has launched a weekly list, which includes its most popular television shows and movies over a seven-day period. The list varies according to the week''s rate of hour viewed, i.e. the total number of hours subscribers worldwide watched each title between Monday and Sunday of the previous week, with four categories included, two for movies (English and Non-English), and two for television shows (English and Non-English).
Spiderhead, which was based on George Sanders'' short story Escape From Spiderhead, stars Chris Hemsworth,Top Gun: Mavericks Miles Teller,Birds Of Preys Jurnee Smollett, and Alien: Covenants Tess Haubrich.
TheNetflix filmis is set in the near future, and in a world in which convicted criminals are offered the opportunity to volunteer as medical subjects in order to reduce their sentences.
Steve Abnesti, the director of the experiment, plays him, who is also a producer, and is curious about how his actions unfold. After seeing a connection with another prisoner named Rachel, Tellers Jeff begins to question the reality of his feelings. Jeff starts to explore the prison by outmaneuvering the experiments and save her.
The film was directed by Joseph Kosinski, who is now planning to hit us all with his long-awaited action-spectacular Top Gun sequel, and the script is inspired by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, fromDeadpool.
The film made a very impressive debut, finishing at Number Two in the weekly rundown, with a total of 12 million hours ahead of its next challenger and animated adventure Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness. Despite Hemsworth''s and Teller''s star strength, there''s still one man who they could not defeat.
The Sand-Man cometh
Adam Sandler, his own new sports drama, Hustle, who was once again on the top spot.
Hustle beat Spiderhead in a row, with 57.2 million viewing hours, and a total 22 million ahead of the ambitious sci-fi game. What makes Hustles the sequel a success, last week, it gave 84.6 million viewing hours.
Sandler is the lead singer of Stanley Sugarman, a basketball scout, who after discovering a once-in-a-lifetime player with a turbulent past abroad. Against the odds, the pair must work to prove that they both deserve to make it big in the NBA.
Is Spiderhead a flop, or is Hustle a juggernaut?
Both are so easy to come up with.
Hustle has undoubtedly exceeded expectations, with the film now closing in on 150 million viewing hours and achieving a top-ten ranking in 92 countries.
Partly that''s down to great reviews, which is a rare event for Sandler. The film has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 92% (opens in a new tab), and TechRadars Jon OBrien apologises, stating in his review that the film was well worth watching.
Spiderhead will not have done the numbers Netflix wanted for. 35 million hours is a lot, but as a result of it''s first weekend, it places it a far behind the likes of Rebel Wilsons comedy Senior Year, which did 62 million in its first weekend, Ryan Reynolds coming-of-age adventure The Adam Project, which performed nearly 100 million, and even the widely-panned erotic sequel, 365 Days: This Day, which sold nearly 78 million people.
Spiderheads were mixed as well as Hustle has had excellent reviews, with a 41 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes (opens in new tab). TechRadars Richard Edwards wasn''t satisfied by it, writing that the casting was off, particularly Hemsworth.
With Hemsworth, Teller, and an in-demand production team, Netflix will have hoped for The Adam Project-esque numbers, as well as a place inside its all-time top 10. That will not happen now.
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