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Obi-Wan Kenobi just broke a Disney + sea record

Obi-Wan Kenobi just broke a Disney + sea record

Fans have been waiting well over a decade to see Ewan McGregor resume his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi. In the days before Disney bought Star Wars and took the franchise to streaming, there were many who called for the popular Jedi to play the lead role in his own film. Now, thanks to Disney +, fans have got their wish as the Scottish actor takes the lead Obi-Wan Kenobi series.

In many ways, when it comes to the premiere alone, the project seems to be a love letter to the prequel trilogy, an era that brought many new fans into the franchise. In just two episodes in six episodes, the series has already taken over social media as Star Wars lovers around the world begin to wonder where the story will go next, moving into the third part.

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Natural, Obi-Wan Kenobi should always be among the biggest Disney + series to date, even with big movie competitors like The Mandalorian and Loki. But no one really knew how big it would be until now.

Obi-Wan Kenobi breaks Disney + record

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Disney issued an official statement to confirm Obi-Wan Kenobi has become the most watched Disney + series globally, based on the number of hours streamed during the debut weekend.

After the premiere, viewership of Star Wars titles tripled in number during the opening weekend.

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What does Obi-Wan Kenobi’s record really mean?

Star Wars fans have been waiting for over a decade to see Ewan McGregor resume his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi, making the Disney + album a hassle. What is unclear with these statistics is whether Disney includes both of the two premiere episodes in the total number of hours streamed during the opening weekend.

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If Disney counts both debut episodes, this statistic is far less impressive than it may first appear, as only two other major Disney + originals have premiered with more than one installment on the same day. WandaVision debuted with 103 minutes over three episodes, Hawkeye delivered 102 minutes, and Obi-Wan Kenobi offered 98 minutes.

In comparison, every other Disney + premiere has only started with one episode, giving a debut in less than an hour. So if Disney included both episodes in its stats, then the two Marvel series were the only real competition to Obi-Wan Kenobi for this record.

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That is not to say Obi-Wan Kenobi is not a big hit for the streaming service, it just means that other series might have been bigger if they were judged by views, but it would have its own flaws. Then again, there is every chance Disney just rated the success of the series after the first of the two episodes, which would make this an even more significant achievement.

What is even more interesting is the effect Obi-Wan Kenobi had on viewership for the rest of Star Wars. It is clear that viewers revived the love of Star Wars for many fans, which led to them visiting the movies again or perhaps using animated series such as Rebels and The Clone Wars to learn more about these characters.

Obi-Wan Kenobi streams its first two episodes now, exclusively on Disney +; the third part premieres on Wednesday 1 June.

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