You may remember Adam Sandler as that one-time darling of Hollywood. The comedic actor was once seen as the future for comedic talent in Hollywood – with a slew of box office hits and critical praise. Yet in recent years that adulation has all but dried up. That doesn’t seem to be hurting his tenure over on Netflix, with users of the streaming service reportedly watching ‘half a billion’ hours of his movies.
The number has been revealed in Netflix’s quarterly shareholder report – which showcases just how popular the Sandler name remains to audiences;
“Just ahead of the release of our third film from Adam Sandler, Sandy Wexler, we announced the renewal of our deal with Sandler to premiere an additional four films exclusively on Netflix around the world. We continue to be excited by our Sandler relationship and our members continue to be thrilled with his films. Since the launch of The Ridiculous 6, Netflix members have spent more than half a billion hours enjoying the films of Adam Sandler.”
The most recent offering from Sandler’s production company was Sandy Wexler. The movie didn’t hit with critics – striking out on a 33% Rotten Tomatoes rating. This was however a step up for Sandler, who saw his previous outings The Ridiculous Six and The Do-Over bomb harder.
Despite this critical hammering, Netflix’s quarterly shareholder report explained that since Ridiculous Six landed on the service, audiences have watched upwards of half a billion hours worth of Sandler content. Given that The Ridiculous Six released in December 2015 – that means that this total has been amassed in just under 18 months. That’s huge business for Netflix, who obviously believe they’ve found a niche.
It should also be noted that Sandler signed up for four more Netflix exclusive films last month – so we’re certainly no where near the end of Sandlers reign of terror.
Have you checked out any of his offerings on Netflix? Do you want to see more from the former Hollywood A-Lister?