Netflix’s giant monster feature “Troll” easily breaks the record in its second week

Foreign productions continue to rely on Netflix for their viewing figures, and the latest release goes well beyond breaking the service’s records.

troll came almost out of nowhere to stun audiences around the world, with Netflix’s gamble with Norwegian production paying off. In its second week on the streaming service, troll broke the record for the most viewer hours for a foreign language film in its premiere week.

Over 76 million hours viewed in the first week to break the record. Another 52 million followed in the last week to reach an impressive tally of 128 million hours. Given the relatively unknown cast – to English-speaking audiences – and its director, Roar Uthaug, the only other notable film is 2018 Grave robbers Reboot, it’s a massive muscle strain for the Netflix brand.

In the film, a paleontologist tries to uncover what exactly is causing the deaths of protesters, civilians and homes in Norway’s south-eastern highlands. It turns out – and you’d never expect it from the movie’s title – it’s a giant trollman. We sincerely apologize for the spoilers.

The good news for troll Not only was it strong viewership, but it was also well received — at least from critics. The film currently sits at 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, though audiences were much less, at just 47 percent approval.

troll is quite the definitive addition to the “It’s Exactly What You Expect” canon of monster movies. You either love this type of film or you don’t.

The film could return for sequels, although the producers and director have said it will depend solely on audience reaction. If only numbers mattered, it would now look like an escape. Netflix’s giant monster feature “Troll” easily breaks the record in its second week

Lindsay Lowe

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