The star-studded movie, which was released on Netflix on December 24, broke a record for the streaming giant when it garnered the most hours viewed in a single week from December 27 through January 2 with 152.29 million hours streamed around the world.
Moreover, Don’t Look Up now became the platform’s third most-viewed film of all time, behind 2018’s Bird Box and last year’s Red Notice, as per Netflix’s tallies. Director Adam McKay reacted to the news on Twitter, writing, “I’m straight-up flabbergasted by this.”
Don’t Look Up stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as astronomers trying to alert officials, like U.S. president Meryl Streep, that a comet is heading toward Earth with a deadly outcome for the planet. The movie also stars Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet, Tyler Perry, Cate Blanchett, Ariana Grande, Mark Rylance, Ron Perlman, and more.
In its first week of release, the movie grossed 111.03 million viewing hours and debuted among Netflix’s top 10 list in 94 countries. McKay recently told Variety that he was “constantly tweaking, tweaking, tweaking” the film’s ending in the editing process because he worried whether they were “going too far.”
Meanwhile, in September, DiCaprio told People that the writer/director “has an unparalleled ability to spark conversation with humor and timely stories.” “I knew when I read his script that it was incredibly unique, as it struck an important chord concerning the modern world we live in,” said the Oscar winner. “Adam has woven an incredibly timely message about society, how we communicate, our current priorities, and the climate crisis into an absurdly funny yet important movie.”