Netflix Movies' Trojan Horse
What the 'Glass Onion' release may reveal about internal metrics — and what's coming
Based on the headlines of the last week around Netflix’s theatrical release of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, I should be celebrating. Take a gander at what I wrote in June.
Cue the air horns! Fire off the confetti cannons! I called my shot and it came through!
But… not so fast. As much as I’d love to take a victory lap over news of Glass Onion’s one-week theatrical release, I can’t. As many Twitter commentators have noted, this isn’t quite the win for “theatrical releases” that I predicted in June. This release is not a wide, marketing-backed theatrical event; it’s more of a marketing exercise than anything else.
So let’s explain exactly what is happening here at the never-say-never company (theatrical and advertising bombshells all in one week? mon dieu!), and the data backdrop to the decision. Then, we’ll speculate on what comes next.