Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Hits Top Spot on Netflix’s Weekly Rankings


After just two days of being on Netflix, Rian Johnson’s new movie Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is dominating the Netflix Top 10 and is currently the #1 movie on the streamer. According to, five of the ten titles were Christmas movies, and only some of them Netflix originals. The most surprising thing about the Top 10 is what was nipping at the heels of Glass Onion, none other than Sony’s 2022 horror movie The Invitation.


Johnson’s new movie being #1 isn’t that much of a surprise. The original Knives Out starring Daniel Craig brought in over $300 million at the worldwide box office and marched its way toward a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination. Netflix quickly made a move to nab the sequel to the movie, picking up Glass Onion and an upcoming third “Knives Out/Benoit Blanc” mystery that will also be released on the streaming service. In previous interviews, Johnson has teased that he’s eager to keep exploring this franchise with new mysteries and new murders as long as audiences are interested in watching them, and clearly they are. 


According to Variety, the film was watched for 82.1 million hours in the Dec. 19-25 viewing window, during which it was only available for the last three days. By Netflix’s estimation, dividing viewing hours by the film’s 2.3-hour runtime, this means 35 million households tuned in.



The film arrived on Netflix after a limited theatrical release that began on Nov. 23, exactly one month before its streaming debut. The “Knives Out” franchise marked a major investment for Netflix, which in 2021 paid $450 million for the rights to two sequels, plus another $40 million to produce “Glass Onion,” the first. Whether or not the company will get a solid return on its investment remains to be seen.


82.1 million hours watched puts “Glass Onion” slightly behind the opening of 2021’s “The Unforgivable” (85.9 million) which is the lowest comparable title on Netflix’s list of its most popular movies of all time. (The Sandra Bullock movie sits at No. 8. “The Irishman” and “The Kissing Booth 2” are No. 9 and No. 10, respectively, but both premiered before Netflix began releasing weekly streaming data, so information about their opening weekends is not available.)


Of course, this isn’t a perfect comparison: “Glass Onion” had a Christmas premiere, meaning that more people were home to watch movies, though they were also gathered together, translating to combined views instead of views on multiple devices. “The Unforgivable” premiered on Dec. 10, 2021, when viewers might have been busier but also would be more likely to watch the movie separately and contribute more viewing hours.


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Mandy Parker

From a long line, family of geeks, author of several unpublished geek girl books, writer for @BleedingFool. Recovering Game of Thrones fan, life-time Tolkien fan.