Netflix’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery managed to significantly outpace the MCU’s Disney+ releases.
After director Rian Johnson took the world by storm with his Agatha Christie-inspired murder mystery Knives out in 2019, Netflix was quick to acquire the next two sequels as it seeks to expand its arsenal of original films and series.
Well, one pandemic later, Johnson is back with Glass onionsbut much to the dismay of many, the deal with Netflix has meant that, unlike the first installment, the theatrical run of the Benoit Blanc mystery was limited to just one week.
During this limited time in November Knives out the sequel was able to accumulate an impressive $15 million gross against a $40 million budget ahead of its streaming release over the 2022 holiday season.
As the festive weekend has come and gone, the latest outing for Daniel Craig’s genius detective has clearly been popular with Netflix-using households, as shown by the first batch of viewing data.
Netflix’s Glass Onion surpasses Disney+’s MCU releases
Samba TV released the opening viewing data for the Netflix release of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, and the numbers stack up well compared to Marvel Studios movie premieres on Disney+.
Rian Johnson’s Knives out the sequel was seen by a whopping four million US households during its opening weekend (first five days) on the streaming giant. This nearly doubles the MCU’s highest 5-day US Disney+ opener of 2.1 million, which came from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
This also significantly exceeds the comparable openings Eternals‘ 2 million, Shang-Chiis 1.7 million, and Black Widowits 1.1 million — though that data is less comparable as the Scarlet Johansson film had already spent several months available at home with the $29.99 Disney+ Premier Access price tag attached.
The four million opening of Glass onions comes close to other Netflix originals Red alert and only surpasses Warner Bros.’ simultaneous theatrical and HBO Max releases of Mortal Kombat, Godzilla vs. Kongand The Suicide Squad.
Some other five-day opening stats from various streaming services – as reported by Samba TV – can be seen below:
Netflix Strikes Gold With Knives Out Franchise
Netflix’s Glass onions may have significantly surpassed all of the MCU’s Disney+ movie releases, but that shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Most of Marvel Studios’ outings all had a lucrative theatrical run, while Knives out the sequel only spent a week in theaters before arriving on Netflix a month later.
given, Black Widow may not have been in theaters due to the pandemic release, but it spent months in Disney+’s Premier Access program before its wide streaming release – during which time it was not only bought by many, but likely powerful pirated.
What is much more remarkable here is how Glass onions stacks up against other streaming originals and major releases. This really proves that Rian Johnson’s murder mystery franchise can play in the big leagues and compete with action giants such as Red alert – which has a sequel on the way.
After spending $450 million in a deal to acquire the first two Benoit Blanc sequels, Netflix will undoubtedly be happy to see Glass onions performs so well. This should create a lot of confidence for the streamer going in Knives out 3 amid an exciting update from Johnson.
Glass onions now streaming on Netflix.