Netflix’s big musical venture “Matilda” doesn’t solve the mystery of the top of the Netflix charts

Netflix can be criticized for a whole lot of things, but its overwhelming commitment to producing original films and getting some of the best in the business can’t be doubted. However, its often ridiculous production volumes lead to a lot of internal competition, such as Mathilde found out.

The grand remake of one of Roald Dahl’s most celebrated novels made its Netflix debut against stiff competition during the New Year period, and despite an excellent performance, it struggled to hold its own against the platform’s biggest cast. Mathilde ended its first week with a strong second place on the Netflix charts, albeit a staggering 80 million hours behind the consecutive chart-topper Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.

Rian Johnson’s big whodunnit sequel landed late on many best-of-the-year lists for 2022, with its late streaming debut perfectly matching the holiday season. Mathilde saw 41 million hours of views – 25 million more than third place – but the gap was huge glass onion to 127 million in its second (and first full) week.

Matildas Numbers would have made it the top film on the platform every week since November 28, but it fell short of a Daniel Craig-led mystery. Similar to glass onionthe Dahl adaptation had an outstanding cast with Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough all jewels in their cast crowns.

The musical is likely to continue collecting hours in the coming weeks as school holidays remain in place in some parts of the world. Both glass onion and Mathilde are available exclusively for streaming Netflix. Netflix’s big musical venture “Matilda” doesn’t solve the mystery of the top of the Netflix charts

Lindsay Lowe

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