the cloverfield paradox viewers

The Cloverfield Paradox reportedly drew in five million viewers in its first week after the surprise Netflix release of the science-fiction sequel.

That’s light years away from Netflix’s biggest success yet, Bright, which garnered 11 million U.S. viewers in its first three days of release.

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Cloverfield Paradox early buzz

Netflix and the Cloverfield franchise pulled off a huge surprise last night, first dropping the long-awaited trailer for the third film in the series before handing us another shocker: the movie would be available to stream immediately after the Super Bowl.

It’s a clever marketing scheme that holds true to the “disruptive” nature of both the Cloverfield franchise and the streaming service. Viewers would have no choice but to go into the movie fresh, with no positive or negative reviews to taint their movie-watching experience. It’s a bold experiment — but did it work? And was the movie at the center of it all, now titled The Cloverfield Paradox, worth the trouble?

Here’s what the critics who stayed up late on Sunday night to check out the movie had to say.

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The Cloverfield Paradox Review

Warning: This Cloverfield Paradox review contains spoilers.

The curious, accidental Cloverfield franchise gets a new addition with the long-delayed The Cloverfield Paradox. After lengthy reshoots, and shuffling through various possible release dates, this latest entry in the Cloverfield series made history with a surprise trailer dropped during the Super Bowl, and a surprise release on Netflix immediately following the game. But is it a step in the right direction for the series, or a major misfire? 

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The Cloverfield Paradox trailer

Update: A second trailer for The Cloverfield Paradox has arrived online, boasting that the surprise sequel is currently available to stream on Netflix. Watch the new trailer below. Our original article continues.

After rumors and delays, the trailer for The Cloverfield Paradox, the new Cloverfield sequel, is here. A Super Bowl trailer for the film just arrived to give us a fresh glimpse into J.J. Abrams’ latest top secret mystery box project. The film, originally titled God Particle, comes from director Julius Onah. Watch the The Cloverfield Paradox trailer below.

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Cloverfield Sequel Viral

The long-delayed Cloverfield sequel (originally titled God Particle) was recently pushed back from its planned February release date to April. While the film still remains cloaked in mystery, a brand-new viral marketing promo has been launched to both tease the new film and mark the original Cloverfield‘s 10th anniversary.

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Zhang Ziyi

Zhang Ziyi is the latest to join the cast of the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla and the third movie in the Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. MonsterVerse, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

But the Chinese actress best known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha won’t just be playing monster fodder. Her role will reportedly figure prominently in the MonsterVerse, with Ziyi set to appear in future monster movie installments.

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The /Filmcast is taking a break this week, but that’s not stopping Devindra from gushing about Wong Kar Wai’s latest film, “The Grandmaster,” with‘s David Ehrlich. It’s far from perfect, but the combination of Wong Kar Wai’s visuals, great fight choreography, and Tony Leung’s oh-so soulful eyes make The Grandmaster one of the most memorable films of the year.

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Zhang Ziyi in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Today’s sequel-related updates are mostly about casting. After the jump:

  • Ziyi Zhang is in talks for the Crouching Tiger sequel
  • Kurt Russell’s son Wyatt Russell joins 22 Jump Street
  • Martin Starr and others board Dead Snow: Red Vs. Dead
  • Relativity pushes on with a SWAT-themed Act of Valor 2

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The Grandmaster

It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for Wong Kar Wai‘s The Grandmaster, but next month our patience will finally be rewarded. To prepare us for the martial arts epic’s release, The Weinstein Co. has released a new full-length U.S. trailer.

Tony Leung leads the cast as Ip Man, who’s probably best known in the U.S. as the guy who trained Bruce Lee. In the 1930s, when The Grandmaster begins, he’s a happily married man practicing the Wing Chun kung fu form in southern China. He’s challenged to a fight by a martial arts master from the north (Wang Qingxiang), and then later by the man’s daughter (Zhang Ziyi). Watch the new promo after the jump.

The trailer starts out with the same rain-soaked scene we’ve enjoyed in other trailers, but quickly moves on to other, equally dramatic scenes.

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It’s a good day for great news. First Criterion makes an incredible deal with Hulu Plus. And now Megan Ellison, the heiress who recently came to the rescue of two Paul Thomas Anderson films (The Master and Inherent Vice) is making a deal to buy North American rights to Wong Kar Wai‘s new film, The Grandmasters. Read More »