Animal scores Record Opening Weekend Viewership on Netflix

Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal continues to break records, this time on Netflix as it scores record viewership on its opening weekend.

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it has also dominated Netflix India's trending charts.

Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal has scored record viewership in India in its opening weekend on Netflix.

The Bollywood blockbuster was released on the platform on January 26, 2024, eight weeks after its theatrical release.

Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, Animal logged a whopping 20.8 million viewing hours from 6.2 million views within its first three days on Netflix.

This means the film has surpassed the Netflix viewership of Prabhas’ Salaar: Part 1- Ceasefire and Shah Rukh Khan’s Jawan.

In a 10-day period, Salaar amassed 10.3 million viewing hours from 3.5 million views.

It became available on Netflix just four weeks after its theatrical release, half the time of Animal.

Jawan had been the most viewed post-theatrical Indian release on Netflix.

In its first weekend, Jawan logged around 15 million viewing hours.

Not only has Animal captivated audiences but it has also dominated Netflix India’s trending charts.

The movie has secured a position in the top 10 across 16 countries, claiming the number 1 spot in India, Maldives, the UAE, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Qatar and Mauritius.

Before becoming available on Netflix, Animal was a huge hit in cinemas.

It centres on the emotionless son of a powerful industrialist who returns home after living abroad for years to exact revenge on those threatening his family and his father’s life.

Although Animal was a box office blockbuster, it faced controversy due to its depictions of violence and misogyny.

Criticism surrounding the film included the moral compass of the lead characters and the portrayal of female characters in a poor light.

It divided celebrity viewers, with Indian cricketer Jaydev Unadkat calling the film a “disgrace”.

In a now-deleted tweet, he said: “What an absolute disaster #AnimalTheFilm was! Glorifying misogyny in today’s world and then tagging it as mere ‘traditional masculinity’ and ‘alpha male’ is a disgrace.

“We ain’t living in the jungles and palaces and fighting wars or going hunting anymore.

“It doesn’t matter how good the acting was, one shouldn’t glorify and show such acts in a movie that is watched by millions.

“There is a thing called social responsibility even in the entertainment industry that one should never forget. Just feels bad that I wasted my three hours to watch such a pathetically made movie.”

On the other hand, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap defended Animal, stating many people get “easily offended”.

Dhiren is a journalism graduate with a passion for gaming, watching films and sports. He also enjoys cooking from time to time. His motto is to “Live life one day at a time.”

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