Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is the latest film taking Netflix by storm and the first viewership numbers are finally in. Over the course of the Christmas opening weekend on Netflix, the highly-anticipated Knives Out sequel was watched for 82.1 million hours.
Glass Onion premiered on Netflix on December 23 and it easily topped the streamer’s latest English-language film chart despite being available for only three days in the December 19-25 viewing window. Given the film’s 2.3-hour runtime, it’s estimated that Glass Onion has been viewed by 35 million households.
Glass Onion arrives three years after the first film in the Knives Out franchise and sees Daniel Craig return as the world-class detective Benoit Blanc. This time around, he heads to a private Greek island owned by a tech billionaire, who invited his closest group of friends for a murder mystery party. Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista star in supporting roles.
The movie was a huge investment for Netflix, and the studio reportedly set aside $450 million for the rights to two Knives Out sequels. They invested another $40 million to produce Glass Onion and it’s difficult to say if they’ll get a solid return on this investment after making a controversial decision to only give it a very limited one-week theatrical release.