Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler’s Murder Mystery officially took down Bird Box to draw in the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix film. When Birdbox first came out, it was the topic of conversation (and of course internet hullaballoo) for weeks. In case you missed that boat, the film followed Oscar-winning actress, and bonified American Sweetheart Sandra Bullock and her dangerous journey to a sanctuary after a mysterious force decimates the population. Only one thing is certain with this force too… if you see it you die. Just like the new Men In Black movie.
At the time, it seemed anyone with a Netflix account was watching the chilling and agonizingly gripping film. This sentiment was true, Birdbox held the record for the most watched film on Netflix until Netflix’s new action-comedy, Murder Mystery, appeared on the scene. In just three short days, 30 million people had watched it. Including me! Murder Mystery is a new film about a married couple who go on a much-needed vacation to Europe when a chance encounter leads to them being framed for an elderly billionaire’s death. Hijinx ensues with Jennifer Aniston and Sandler playing the lead roles. While it comes as no surprise that Murder Mystery has taken the crown for the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix film, I’m surprised to see two very different films competing against each other. It’s the perfect light-hearted Sunday viewing, while Birdbox is a post-apocalyptic thriller that’ll have you hiding under the duvet. Either way, the enormous success of Murder Mystery and Birdbox once again proves that Netflix is at the top of their game.