About That New Netflix Record…

This is an except from the June 20, 2019 issue of the Ankler. To get the complete issue and not miss a beat from the newsletter that’s got Hollywood shaking, subscribe here today. Netflix did it! They beat the record! Yes, it was its own record, and we’re not completely sure what it’s a record of, but they beat it! A bunch of Netflix viewers watched one of its things! Another ceiling smashed! Bird Box, consider yourself disrupted. Despite the almost total lack of clarity about what this Murder Mystery milestone means, the trades, as is their custom on such occasions, dutifully hyped the Netflix number in the headline and shoved the caveats somewhere down below Netflix shareholders say thanks, you guys! A few things about this: First, of course, it’s very nice to create your own metrics on some internal scale and choose when and where and what piece

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BULLETS OVER THE BOX OFFICE: WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT SEQUELITIS

We all just have to do better. I mean, not just making better movies, although that, too. But also in finding terms to describe our half-baked trend analyses. Sequelitis is the current diagnosis for why the world has turned against all film sequels, spin-offs, reboots, reworkings, and reheatings. The evidence is the five or six films that have bombed, underperformed or failed to meet expectations. A few things about this: First of all, Secret Life of Pets, for instance, will come in below its predecessor. It may (or may not) lose large or small amounts of money. But it still sold $154 million in tickets in a week, which may be unprofitable for its studio, but $150 million worth of seats filled in a week isn’t exactly evidence that the public is allergic to sequels. Second: John Wick 3, Aladdin, and um, Endgame. How with a straight face do you make an argument

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