George Clooney directed sci-fi thriller The Midnight Sky is well on its way to becoming one of the biggest-ever films on Netflix.

With a projected 72 million households on course to watch the film in the first 4 weeks, the streaming platform has confirmed that the movie has reached the #1 spot overall in 77 countries; and has been in the Top 10 in 93 countries – from Turkey to Argentina, Germany and Iceland, where a part of the movie was shot.

The plot follows a scientist on a dying Earth portrayed by Clooney and a team of astronauts on Æther, effectively the new genesis ship for humanity’s second start. It portrays their attempts to communicate propel a plot with lofty but ultimately optimistic themes, a big draw for an apocalypse-adjacent film in 2020, as reported by Screenrant. The viewership has been growing for Netflix’s in-house projects this year, thanks to non-release in theatres due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


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Talking about his experience with Netflix, Clooney said, “It has been a great experience working with Netflix. At a time when no one gets to go to the theatre, it is an honour to be able to have a film people have responded to in such a big way, and be able to acknowledge it.”

Similarly, Netflix’ Scott Stuber said, “George made a film that captures the humanity and that’s very insightful to our times. He brought a life and a soul to The Midnight Sky – it’s why this film is resonating with so many. What an incredible way to end the year and to continue my long-standing relationship with George and Grant Heslov.”