Actually, one could have assumed that Netflix would bring in the next big global success with “ The Bubble ”. Why? Quite simply: The comedy, which also sees itself as a parody of the shooting of the dinosaur blockbuster » Jurassic World 3: A New Age «, which was affected by the corona pandemic , comes up with a lot of top-class names. Judd Apatow («The First Time») has taken the director’s chair, while stars such as Pedro Pascal, David Duchovny, Karen Gillian and many surprising cameos cavort in front of the camera.
Instead, another work has risen to become the most watched Netflix film — and you certainly haven’t heard of this one. Because this is “ Granizo ”, a tragic comedy from Argentina. While “The Bubble” has clocked up 12.45 million hours of watchtime since Friday, “Granizo” currently has 24.28 hours of watchtime ( you can read the full stats here ).
What is also curious about it is the fact that this film has not even been in the German Netflix top 10 since it started. Here the international success, which is currently number 1 on the Netflix charts in over a dozen countries, flies completely under the radar. Incidentally, the Blumhouse horror “ Fantasy Island ” is currently leading the in-house charts in Germany.
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Marcos Carnevale ‘s «Granizo» («El Cuartito») is about the famous television meteorologist Miguel Flores ( Guillermo Francella ), who is suddenly declared public enemy number one. The reason for this is a terrible hailstorm that Flores cannot prevent. This now forces the man to flee the capital and seek refuge in his home town, which ends in a journey of rediscovery that is as bizarre as it is interpersonal.
Why Netflix’s success should be treated with caution
The information comes from Netflix itself, which does not allow itself to be looked at until the final publication of the Watchtime numbers. The success of a format on the streaming service has been measured for a while by the total number of hours each piece of content was watched. Previously, reference was made to the number of households that watched content, with those who watched for at least two minutes being counted. The current way of counting is different:
If you only dare to take a quick look and then turn it off again, you will contribute a few minutes to the statistics. If you watch the whole thing, you contribute the full running time and even several times if the film has been watched in full several times. That also brings with it some inequalities that may have once benefited Don’t Look Up , for example , which beat Red Notice , breaking a major Netflix record in early January 2022 (now Red Notice). again on the 1). Also because «Don’t Look Up» brings along almost 150 minutes and «Red Notice» just under two hours.
In the case of «Granizo» it is more likely that the interest in direct competition, such as «The Bubble», » Operation Black Krabbe » and Richard Linklater’s » Apollo 10 ½ — A Childhood in the Space Age » is rather manageable. «Granizo» is currently topping the Netflix charts in countries such as Spain, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay and Chile. It remains to be seen whether the film will still attract interest in Germany due to its current success.
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