Big Little Lies, The Handmaid's Tale and The Bachelorette...with this much bingeable content, it's totally permissible to say you haven't gotten around to watching Netflix's latest film release, Murder Mystery.
But you'd be one of only a few. The new movie, which skipped a theatrical release and instead went straight to the streaming service, stars Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler and Luke Evans. And it's just shattered viewing records for Netflix, which is usually tight-lipped about its users' streaming habits.
According to a Netflix "comedy" account, about 30.9 million accounts watched Murder Mystery in its first three days, aka the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix film. To put this in perspective, there are about 150 million accounts worldwide, meaning about one in every five people watched the movie the first three days it was out.
Netflix later confirmed the numbers to Variety. Similar to Bird Box, which also broke Netflix records for over 45 million views in the first week, Netflix has been churning out direct-to-streaming-service films in the hopes that its paying subscribers will bypass the theater for content that's already available to watch from the comfort of their own couch.
Murder Mystery is about a New York cop (Sandler) and his hairdresser wife (Aniston) who go on a European vacation to reignite the spark in their marriage. They get invited to a private yacht owned by a billionaire, but end up getting framed for his death, and the subsequent deaths of others aboard the boat. They have to solve the case, or be arrested for murders they didn't commit.
Jen and Adam, a gorgeous Mediterranean locale, and a bit of good ol' fashioned detective work? It's not a mystery to us why this film is killing it...