Netflix viewers are stunned by the latest film ranking at #1 in the streamer’s top 10 most watched list.
While the platform’s weekly TV listing is usually awash with new releases, its movie listing is less predictable and can vary between the latest releases and classics.
This week, Tomas Alfredson’s 2017 debutThe snowman – an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø – took first place.
The Michael Fassbender-directed drama was an instant commercial failure, grossing just $6.7 million (£5.4 million) in the US against a production budget of $34 million (£34.3 million).
It’s also been scorned by critics, currently sitting at six percent on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
Half a decade later, Netflix viewers have given it a second life, leaving others both confused and amused.
“The Snowman is the perfect piece of s*** box office flop to go viral on Netflix a decade after it failed in theaters,” tweeted journalist Ben Dreyfuss. “I hope this resonates really well and people start hashtags demanding Netflix make sequels.”
“It’s a really awful movie,” one replied, and a second jumped in to convince others to watch “this dumpster fire of a movie.”
“See if that’s what brings Tomas Alfredson back into the game, I’m ready. I’ll watch it 10 times,” commented another.
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Fassbender directs the crime thriller as Detective Harry Hole, whose investigation into the murder of a young woman leads him to The Snowman Killer.
To lure the mocking sociopath out of the shadows before he strikes again, Harry teams up with a brilliant new recruit (Rebecca Ferguson).
Critics branded it as “stiff,” “impressively stupid,” and “increasingly implausible.”