Rebel Moon is the big failure of 2023 and also the big success of Netflix

One of the worst-rated movies in history and that is a hit in views.

Rebel Moon is the big failure of 2023 and also the big success of Netflix
Chema Carvajal Sarabia

Chema Carvajal Sarabia

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If we look at the movie reviews, Rebel Moon is really a disaster. Critics have been harsh on it (and rightfully so) and many people doubt that the saga can move forward. First impressions count a lot and this one has been terrifying.


Its director, the well-known Zack Snyder, has said that the Director’s Cut will be much better and that the experience will be very different. In addition to urging us to watch the second part, which will be released in 2024, to have a more informed opinion about the Space Opera.

However, Netflix doesn’t rely on the Oscars or box office sales. In Netflix, to succeed, you just have to accumulate hours of views or plays. And in that aspect, Rebel Moon has started off on the right foot.

Rebel Moon’s numbers on its premiere

It’s official: Rebel Moon – Part One is a success. According to Netflix, the science fiction movie has generated an impressive 23.9 million views in its first three days of release, a result that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is a “good start for the film”.

This comfortably places it at the top of the global list of Netflix movie streaming, ahead of Leave the World Behind and Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget.

This should reassure Netflix about its investment: after all, it has also committed not only to a second film, Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver, but also to Snyder’s extended cuts.

The goal is to be among the top 10 most viewed on the platform

Although Rebel Moon has a strong debut, the second week’s numbers will be more revealing. Experts claim that the second week is usually important for movies, as it enjoys a full week of viewing instead of just the opening weekend, and it is also the time when word of mouth comes into play.

However, Rebel Moon is not going to have an easy time breaking into the most viewed in the history of the service. Leave the World Behind premiered with a whopping 41.7 million views.


The threshold to enter the top 10 of Netflix, which counts the accumulated views in the first 91 days, is 135 million. The 10th spot is occupied by Extraction 2, the action movie starring Chris Hemsworth, with 134.9 million views. Moving up the list to the first place, passing through movies like The Mother (136.4 million) and The Adam Project (157.6 million) and Don’t Look Up (171.4 million).

At number 1 is Red Notice, which has 230.9 million views. This latest film stars Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson, and Gal Gadot.

Chema Carvajal Sarabia

Chema Carvajal Sarabia

Journalist specialized in technology, entertainment and video games. Writing about what I'm passionate about (gadgets, games and movies) allows me to stay sane and wake up with a smile on my face when the alarm clock goes off. PS: this is not true 100% of the time.

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