It's time to take off your blindfolds because Netflix's Bird Box
has broken a major record for the streaming service.
The post-apocalyptic thriller had more than 45 million accounts
watching in just one week, making it the fastest Netflix original film to reach this milestone.
Then again, Netflix has always been known for being secretive with their viewership numbers, so this revelation was a pleasant surprise.
Besides hardly ever revealing their official ratings, it is also difficult to gauge what the data actually means because 45 million accounts obviously doesn't translate to exactly 45 million people because one account could be one person or a whole family.
But one thing is for sure, Netflix told The Verge
, one viewcount is considered legit only when it surparsses 70 per cent of the total running time, including the credits. Multiple views or viewers do not apply because it is only counted as one.
So, the success of Bird Box
is commendable considering that Netflix officially has more than 137 million subscribers worldwide as of October last year.
For those of you who haven't caught up, Bird Box
tells the story of a post-apocalyptic world where it is not safe to be able to see. Hence all the blindfold memes and gifs you've been seeing in the past week.
Several years after an ominous unseen presence drives most people to kill themselves, a mother, played by Sandra Bullock, and her two children have to struggle to survive.
In fact, the movie became such a hit within a short period of time that social media junkies began creating jokes and memes out of it. Some of them will make your new year!
Now we know what movie to watch this weekend!