Netflix is once again raising eyebrows with claims about its viewership data. This time around the streamer has announced record views for Murder Mystery—the latest Adam Sandler comedy, costarring Jennifer Aniston. On Tuesday the streamer announced—via its comedy Twitter account, Netflix Is a Joke—that over 30 million accounts globally had watched the film in its first three days streaming, giving it the biggest opening weekend for a Netflix original film.
The Netflix original stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, who also appeared together in the 2011 film Just Go With It.
Whether it was the draw of the big-name cast, the dreary weekend weather or a well-timed spot of boredom among the masses, millions of people decided to stay in this weekend and stream the film, resulting in 30 million views for Netflix. The company counts a ‘view’ for its movies as an account having watched at least 70 per cent of the film.
On the off-chance you’re not one of the 30 million people who’ve watched Murder Mystery, the film follows the story of a New York City police officer and his hairdresser wife who embark on a long-awaited trip to Europe.
In keeping with the title of the film, they end up scrambling to solve a baffling murder aboard a billionaire’s yacht, which is filled with co-stars Terence Stamp, Luke Evans, and Gemma Arterton.
The Netflix original was written by James Vanderbilt, who also wrote serial killer-thriller Zodiac, so it’s safe to say he knows his way around a murder.