Five Nights at Freddy’s overtakes Halloween Ends & Super Mario to become most-watched movie on Peacock

Five Nights at Freddy’s becomes the most-watched movie on the Peacock streaming service in its first five days of release.

Five Nights at Freddy's, Peacock, record

Blumhouse and Universal Pictures’ Five Nights at Freddy’s has been setting a few box-office records following its debut last week, but it also broke a big record on the Peacock streaming service.

The streaming service announced today that Five Nights at Freddy’s has become the most-watched film or series on Peacock in its first five days, breaking previous records held by Halloween Ends, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Bel-Air, and The Best Man: The Final Chapters.

Based on the popular video-game franchise, Five Nights at Freddy’s follows Mike (Josh Hutcherson), “a troubled young man caring for his 10-year-old sister Abby (Piper Rubio), and haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother more than a decade before. Recently fired and desperate for work so that he can keep custody of Abby, Mike agrees to take a position as a night security guard at an abandoned theme restaurant: Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria. But Mike soon discovers that nothing at Freddy’s is what it seems. With the aid of Vanessa, a local police officer (Elizabeth Lail), Mike’s nights at Freddy’s will lead him into unexplainable encounters with the supernatural and drag him into the black heart of an unspeakable nightmare.

The film had one hell of a box-office opening, grossing $132.7 million globally, which places it behind only The Super Mario Bros. Movie as the second biggest opening weekend of all time for a film based on a video game. It also represents the biggest opening weekend for a horror film directed by a woman (Emma Tammi).

It’s interesting to note that Five Nights at Freddy’s has quite the gap between the opinions of critics and the audience, with the film sitting at 28% on Rotten Tomatoes but with an audience score of 89%. Our own Tyler Nichols wasn’t a big fan, although he admits that he doesn’t have a connection with the video game franchise. “I’m sure there are going to be a lot of young people that enjoy Five Nights at Freddy’s and finally seeing these characters up on the big screen,” Nichols wrote. “But as someone with no connection to the games and a desire for some kind of narrative that makes sense, this just wasn’t for me. It fails to scare, fails to entertain, and fails to set up an interesting world. One night at Freddy’s was more than enough.” You can check out the rest of Nichols’ review right here.

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