Wednesday, May 22, 2024

How Could Power of the Dog Win the Oscar? Even Netflix Subscribers Didn’t Watch It


There’s a lot of handwringing post-Oscars about “The Power of the Dog.” Netflix spent at least $20 million on the Academy Award campaign and yielded exactly one statue, for director Jane Campion.

Otherwise, “Power of the Dog” did not resonate with Academy voters. Nor did it catch on with Netflix subscribers. Today Netflix is trumpeting that Ryan Reynolds has three movies on its top 10 list of original movies. But what they’re ignoring is that “POD” isn’t even on that list.

Another Oscar nominee, “Don’t Look Up,” is the second most watched movie in Netflix’s history among their originals. It should be: the budget for that all star began with $30 million for Leonardo Di Caprio and $25 million for Jennifer Lawrence. With Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Tyler Perry, Jonah Hill– the bottom line may have been $200 million.

The numbers below are based on hours viewed in their first 28 days on Netflix.

PS Maybe Netflix should get out of the awards business and just make entertaining, broad audience pleasing movies.

1. Red Notice, 364 million hours
2. Don’t Look Up, 359.8 million
3. Bird Box, 282 million
4. Extraction, 231.3 million
5. The Unforgivable, 214.7 million
6. The Irishman, 214.6 million
7. The Adam Project, 209.7 million
8. The Kissing Booth 2, 209.3 million
9. 6 Underground, 205.5 million
10. Spencer Confidential, 197.3 million

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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