The biggest movie of 2021 to date is Coming 2 America. At least according to Amazon, which created the film on its Amazon Prime streaming platform. While official numbers have not been released by Amazon, the streamer has claimed that Eddie Murphy’s long-awaited sequel has drawn the most viewers for the weekend debut of any movie streaming over the course of of the last 12 months of the pandemic. Amazon cited research firm Screen Engine / ASI in its statement.
These figures exceed those of Wonder Woman 1984 in December, which debuted correlating with HBO Max doubles its subscriptions to 17.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. It also lands ahead of Amazon’s own Next movie Borat, which the streamer touted as drawing “tens of millions” of viewers in October. It should be noted that the number of viewers of the streaming services has been out of control, for the most part. So, Amazon’s bold stance on Coming 2 America viewership certainly expresses confidence in Eddie Murphy’s new sequel. Last weekend also saw the premiere of The SpongeBob SquarePants movie: the runaway sponge on Paramount’s new streaming service Paramount +. Oddly, Screen Engine / ASI did not rank the weekend’s results for Disney + Raya and the last dragon, which is available to rent for $ 34.99 as part of the platform’s Premier Access program.
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Coming 2 America was originally slated for release last August before being pushed back to December. The film was then sold by Paramount Pictures to Amazon for $ 125 million in October. IGN’s review gave Coming 2 America a 6, calling it a retreaded tire based on nostalgia and cast to carry his ideas.
J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer.