Netflix does not release viewership numbers, but claimed "The Christmas Chronicles" is the biggest movie of Kurt Russell's career. Netflix's…
Netflix does not release viewership numbers, but claimed “The Christmas Chronicles” is the biggest movie of Kurt Russell’s career.
Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos discussed the movie, which debuted last month at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference on Monday. It stars Russell as a “savvy, straight-talking” Santa Claus who teams up with young siblings to save Christmas after the couple crash his sleigh.
Sarandos said that, according to Russell, “The Christmas Chronicles” had the “most impact” of any of the actor’s movies after its release.
“It’s because, even in his successful career, he’s never had that many people see one of his movies in the first week ever,” Sarandos said. “That’s a testimony to what we can bring to the market for storytellers today that we could not have been years ago. “
According to Sarandos, “The Christmas Chronicles” had 20 million views in its first week.
“If every one of those was a movie ticket purchase, that’s a $ 200 million opening week,” he said. “Even movies that go to $ 1
billion do not typically do that in the first week.”
But since Netflix does not release concrete viewing data, we do not know how many of those views are repeat views, or how many people watched the entire movie.
For comparison’s sake, according to Box Office Mojo, Russell’s largest theatrical release in the US before inflation is Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” last year. The movie scored $ 146.5 million in its opening weekend and $ 183 million in its first week. It went on to gross almost $ 390 million domestically and $ 863 million globally. His biggest movie worldwide is “Furious 7” in 2015, which grossed over $ 1.5 billion in total.