The 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in full swing, and with it, plenty of information about digital video players like Netflix. For example, the streaming video service just announced its global expansion into 130 territories. Now, Netflix revealed an interesting stat about a key piece of original content: the platform’s most-watched movie of all time was the Adam Sandler-starrer Ridiculous 6.
At a Q&A session at CES, Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos noted Ridiculous 6 managed to become the streaming service’s most-viewed film within 30 days of its official release on the platform. This is an impressive accomplishment considering Netflix took into account all other movies in the platform’s entire history, both licensed and original. The Verge’s Jamieson Cox reported Sarandos also pointed out how Sandler’s comedy western film has “enjoyed a spot at #1 in every territory we operate in, and in many of them it’s still #1.”
Netflix isn’t normally one to reveal any viewing data around its originals. The most detailed information the streaming company has ever revealed was that its other original film, Beasts of No Nation, was watched by three million subscribers as of October 2015. However, with this Ridiculous 6 news, Netflix seems to be confirming its partnership with Sandler, which started back in October 2014, has indeed paid off, at least in terms of viewership.
In addition to the Ridiculous 6 stat, Netflix executives also discussed the issue of content censorship at CES. As Netflix continues to expand globally, both Sarandos and CEO Reed Hastings admitted their company may have to release edited versions of original content to tone down mature themes and images in observance of local cultures. Netflix already provides some edited content to various markets, including a version of Marco Polo for Japan which pixelates the full-frontal nudity shown in the U.S. version.
According to a report from Variety, Sarandos said Hollywood has dealt with censorship issues for years, and Netflix may find itself dealing with more of its own in the future. Hastings confirmed his colleague’s statement, noting how “entertainment companies have to make compromises over time.” “We’ll see and we’ll have to learn,” Hastings concluded.