how much bird box made

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix said 45 million subscriber accounts worldwide watched the Sandra Bullock thriller “Bird Box” during its first seven days on the service, the biggest first-week success of any movie made for the company’s nearly 12-year-old streaming service.

Netflix, which typically refuses to provide viewership numbers, made the rare disclosure in a recent tweet as movie producers, writers, actors and investors continue to size up a company that has already reshaped the way the world watches video.

The first-week audience means nearly one-third of Netflix’s 137 million subscribers watched the movie from Dec. 21 through Dec. 27 — a holiday-season stretch when many people aren’t working and have more free time. Had 45 million people actually gone to a theater in the U.S. to watch “Bird Box,” it would have translated to about $400 million in box-office revenue, based on average ticket prices.

But people were watching the movie on a service for which they already had paid and had the luxury of doing so without leaving their homes. That makes watching “Bird Box” more comparable to watching a television program, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said.

By that yardstick, the viewership for “Bird Box” is less impressive. For instance, the Super Bowl typically attracts 100 million to 110 million viewers in the U.S. alone. The annual telecast of the Academy Awards has drawn a U.S. audience of 26 million to 40 million in recent years. And those totals are for a single day, not a week.

Television viewership and theatrical box-office numbers are typically calculated by third-party firms, unlike the “Bird Box” figure released by Netflix. The Los Gatos, California, company has steadfastly refused to divulge its viewership because it regards the data as a competitive advantage in deciding what programs will attract subscribers. All Netflix will say about its “Bird Box” number is that it counted only accounts that watched at least 70 percent of the movie. Multiple viewers sharing a single account are counted once.

Netflix so far has made its biggest splash with highly acclaimed TV series such as “House of Cards,” ’Stranger Things,” and “The Crown.” ’Bird Box” is the latest example of the company’s resolve to become a bigger player in movies, too.

To pull it off, Netflix is borrowing billions of dollars to pay for original movies and TV series. But beyond money, Netflix needs to appease directors and actors who want their work to also be seen in movie theaters, both for their larger screens and for award consideration. That’s why Netflix has been arranging for films like “Bird Box,” ’Roma,” and “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” to have limited runs in theaters first.

That’s a strategy that Amazon had already been following, enabling its “Manchester By The Sea” to win Academy Awards for best actor and original screenplay in 2017. An ESPN documentary, “O.J.: Made In America,” also won an Oscar in 2017 after appearing in theaters before its debut on the TV network.

By breaking tradition and disclosing viewership numbers for “Bird Box,” Netflix cleverly created even more buzz, Pachter said. “They are masters at getting attention and they knew revealing the numbers would get the media to write about it,” he said.

That, in turn, gets the attention of movie producers and directors, as well as luring back investors who had sold off Netflix in recent weeks as part of a broader sell-off of tech stocks. The company’s stock closed Wednesday unchanged at $267.66, but has dropped 37 percent from its peak in June — a slump that has wiped out nearly $70 billion in shareholder wealth.

Netflix quickly found itself grappling with another problem Wednesday as it acknowledged censoring an episode from its “Patriot Act” series in Saudi Arabia to comply with laws in that country.

Producers and directors of films are then interested in Netflix, and investors who had recently sold off their shares of the streaming service as part of a larger sell-off of tech stocks are also drawn to it. The company’s stock closed Wednesday unchanged at $267. 66, but has fallen 37% from its June peak — a decline that has erased shareholder wealth worth close to $70 billion.

However, individuals were viewing the film on a paid service and could enjoy the convenience of doing so from the comfort of their own homes. Because of this, watching “Bird Box” is more like watching a TV show, according to Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities.

While Netflix released the “Bird Box” figure, most other companies calculate television viewership and box office numbers for movies. The Los Gatos, California-based business has adamantly refused to release viewership statistics, viewing them as a competitive advantage in determining which shows will draw in new customers. Regarding its “Bird Box” figure, Netflix will only clarify that only accounts that viewed the film through to the end were included in the calculation. Multiple viewers sharing a single account are counted once.

By that standard, “Bird Box’s” viewership is less remarkable. For example, the Super Bowl usually draws between 100 and 110 million viewers in the U.S. S. alone. The yearly Academy Awards telecast has attracted a U S. audience of 26 million to 40 million in recent years. Furthermore, those totals only cover one day—not a week.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In its first seven days on the platform, the Sandra Bullock thriller “Bird Box” attracted 45 million subscribers worldwide, according to Netflix, making it the most successful debut week of any film produced for the business’s nearly 12-year-old streaming service.

Release edit

On November 12, 2018, the movie had its world premiere at the AFI Fest. [29] However, Netflix canceled the AFI Fest red carpet coverage that was scheduled for the premiere due to the Woolsey Fire that struck California and out of respect for the victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting. [30] On December 14, 2018, the movie debuted in limited theaters. On December 21, 2018, Netflix started streaming the movie. [31].

Visual effects edit

Industrial Light created the visual effects. [25].

FAQ

How much did Bird Box make?

In July 2020, Netflix revealed the film had in-fact been watched by 89 million households over its first four weeks of release, the second-most ever for one of their original films. A Barclays study deduced that, had the film received a traditional theatrical release, it would have grossed about $98 million worldwide.

Why was Bird Box a success?

Starring Sandra Bullock, the post-apocalyptic horror based on the book by Josh Malerman proved so popular it inspired memes on the internet. Legions of people attempted tasks blindfolded, like the characters in the film who can only traverse the outside world with their eyes shielded.

Was there a Bird Box 2?

The sequel, aptly titled Bird Box: Barcelona, dropped on Netflix last week, acting both as a spinoff and a continuation of the post-apocalyptic story. The series, based on Josh Malerman’s 2014 book of the same name, does have an official sequel novel, titled Malorie.

How many years passed in Bird Box?

To provide some context, the first “Bird Box” movie followed two timelines. The story began five years after the initial creature attack, where Malorie embarked on a perilous journey to protect her two children.