It’s been out less than a week. But even at such an early stage in its run, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga is shaping up to be Will Ferrell’s biggest hit in several years… albeit in living rooms rather than at cinema box offices.
When it comes to sharing exact viewing figures, Netflix is always rather cagey. However, based on strong online buzz, rankings in Netflix’s top ten charts and high amounts of repeat viewings, Forbes has estimated that the tale of Fire Saga’s song contest misadventures has become the most successful Will Ferrell vehicle since The LEGO Movie in 2014.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga — Box Office Success
Of course, The Story Of Fire Saga was released directly on Netflix’s streaming platform. Therefore, it’s hard to establish how it would have fared with a traditional theatrical release.
Forbes speculates that a picture with “a big heart, some earned laughs, catchy songs and buzzy turns from McAdams and Stevens (plus winning extended cameos from Pierce Brosnan and Demi Lovato)” could follow a similar box office trajectory to crowd-pleasing musicals like La La Land ($446.1 million), Mamma Mia! ($615.7 million) and The Greatest Showman ($435 million). The publication observes that live-action musicals are one of the “more bankable” sub-genres alongside superhero and high-concept horror films.
Netflix will announce viewership numbers if they are big enough, like it did with Sandra Bullock’s Bird Box or Jennifer Anniston and Adam Sandler’s Murder Mystery.
Eurovision movie tops Netflix chart
The streaming giant may not release exact figures, but its “top ten” charts do provide some indication as to how well a production is performing. And Eurovision Song Contest: Fire Saga is cracking the rankings globally. From Eurovision’s European heartland to New Zealand and the US, the film has spent several days inside both the top ten movies and the overall top ten rankings in multiple countries.
In the U.S, Forbes reports that it’s knocked the raunchy sleeper hit 365 Days off the top spot. The surprise Polish smash has spent most of June at the number one position. But from Friday through to Sunday, the Eurovision movie held a tight grip on first place.
And, using its own formula, Forbes has calculated that the Netflix three-day box office charts from 26 to 28 June would look like this:
- Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga – 30 points
- 365 Days – 26 points
- Athlete A – 24 points
- The Nut Job – 22 points
- Feel the Beat – 17 points
- Love – 16 points
- Lost Bullet – 12 points
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