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Netflix’s Bright draws 11 million viewers in first three days despite negative reviews

Netflix’s Bright draws 11 million viewers in first three days despite negative reviews
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Netflix original flick Bright may have been widely panned by critics, but it seems audiences have flocked to see Will Smith kicking about with orcs, elves and fairies.

David Ayer’s hybrid buddy cop/fantasy flick has pulled in a total audience of over 11 million viewers in the first three days of its release, according to Nielsen (via Variety).

If you need measurement of its popularity, the VOD measurement service states it was less popular than Stranger Things season two (averaging 15.8 million in the first three days), but proved more popular than The Crown’s second season which averaged 3 million US viewers.

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It’s worth noting however that Netflix doesn’t release official streaming figures, and has disputed Nielsen estimates in the past.

The flick, starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace, is set in alternate present day Los Angeles, where humans coexist alongside orcs, elves and fairies in uneasy peace.

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It’s attracted a pretty divisive response, with the film attracting a 29 per cent review aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes, while viewers have given it a positive 88 per cent score.

The film even attracted critique from Chance The Rapper, who sparked debate over its depiction of racism.

Bright is currently available to stream on Netflix.

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