Surely, the end times are near.
For a while there, it seemed as if moviegoing audiences would eat up whatever diamond-studded turd Adam Sandler could crap out and happily ask for seconds. His pair of Grown Ups movies managed to rake in over 500 million dollars internationally. Jack and Jill, despite holding a 3% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and winding up on nearly every critic’s “Worst of the Year” list, hauled in 150 million goddamn dollars internationally (albeit on a $79 million budget, which is equally insane to think about). And did I mention that the Grown Ups series made 500 million dollars?
In the past couple years, however, it seems as if the tides have started to turn against Sandler. Last year’s Pixels failed to recoup its budget here in the states, 2014’s Blended underperformed as well, and The Cobbler failed to even earn six figures during its limited release. Was it a sign that Sandler’s hackneyed, formulaic plots were finally beginning to grow stale, or that audiences were finally starting to grow up?
It’s a hard question to answer, but it looked as if Sandler was in store for another dud with his Netflix original, The Ridiculous Six, when it began to leak that entire fleets of Native American actors were walking off the project citing racially insensitive treatment and disrespect from the crew.
But wouldn’t you know, it appears that Sandler has triumphed once again despite all odds.
That’s according to Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, who revealed at the company’s CES 2016 keynote that, “The Ridiculous 6, by way of example, in the first 30 days on Netflix it’s been the most-watched movie in the history of Netflix. It’s also enjoyed a spot at #1 in every territory we operate in, and in many of them it’s still #1.”
You read that correctly. In just one month, The Ridiculous Six has been viewed more than *any* Netflix property, both original and licensed (this according to The Verge, who first reported the story). The amount of truth in this statement is up for debate, as Netflix has failed to release any actual numbers to back up their claim, but still, that kind of unprecedented success almost surely means that a Ridiculous 7 is headed our way.
God help us.
Source: The Verge