Kurt Russell has played all sorts of tough guys during his career, from Snake Plissken in Escape From New York to Jack Burton in Big Trouble in Little China. But his latest role sees him step into the fur-lined boots of Santa Claus in Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles. And it’s proving a hit.
According to Netflix, the film has had over 20 million views in its first week, making it Russell’s most successful film ever.
Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, claimed that if a cinema film saw those kinds of figures, it would be a $200 million opening week. “Even movies that go on to [earn] $1 billion don’t typically do that in the first week,” he said.
Sarandos was speaking at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference.
Netflix doesn’t usually release viewing figures, but obviously here it made an exception.
Sarandos claimed that this made The Christmas Chronicles Russell’s most successful film ever.
“It’s because, even in his successful career, he’s never had that many people see one of his movies in the first week ever,” he said. “That’s a testimony to what we can bring to the market for storytellers today that we couldn’t have 10 years ago.”
Source: Business Insider