‘Glass Onion’ the sixth most successful debut on Netflix
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'Glass Onion' the sixth most successful debut on Netflix

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery has been a resounding success, and with it pulling in so many viewers, it has become the streaming giant’s sixth-biggest movie debut.

Netflix reported that the Rian Johnson-directed whodunnit was viewed for 82.1 million hours in its first three days after being released on December 23rd. That was more than enough to top the week’s chart.

Despite being an immense success, Glass Onion still hasn’t brought in enough to make it into the top five, sitting behind The Unforgivable (85.86 million hours), The Gray Man (88.55), The Adam Project (92.43), with Red Notice seated at the top of the rankings with 148.72 million.

Glass Onion follows Daniel Craig’s detective Benoit Blanc, the only character who remains from the original Knives Out. Viewers find him invited to the private Greek island of a tech billionaire, Miles Bron, where he joins his small yet eclectic group of friends to take part in a murder mystery game over the weekend. However, things do not go to plan, and real murder is soon afoot. 

Boasting another ensemble cast, joining Craig are Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kate Hudson, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, and Dave Bautista. There are also cameo appearances from Hugh Grant, Serena Williams, Natasha Lyonne, Ethan Hawke, and the late duo Dame Angela Lansbury and Stephen Sondheim, to whom the film is dedicated as both passed before the film was released. 

Elsewhere, Rian Johnson revealed that he’s frustrated that “A Knives Out Mystery was included in the movie’s title. In an interview with The Atlantic, he discussed how he didn’t intend for Glass Onion to be viewed as a sequel to the original 2019 film.

“I’ve tried hard to make them self-contained,” he said. “Honestly, I’m pissed off that we have A Knives Out Mystery in the title. You know? I want it to just be called Glass Onion.”

Read our review of the film here