A new report shows that more people were watching Eternals on Disney+ in 2022 than any other Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film.
According to Nielsen, Eternals was watched for 4.236 billion minutes in 2022, making it the thirteenth most streamed movie of the year. While several other Disney+ movies ranked higher — including Encanto (27.416 billion minutes watched), Turns red (11.427 billion minutes watched), Moana (8.629 billion minutes watched), Hocus Pocus 2 (5.697 billion minutes watched), Frozen (5.133 billion minutes watched), Luke (4.974 billion minutes watched), Zootopia (4.437 billion minutes watched) and Coco (4.253 billion minutes watched) — Eternals is both the first MCU and superhero film to appear on the list. Others mentioned include Sing 2 (11.347 billion minutes watched on Netflix), The Adam Project (6.141 billion minutes watched on Netflix), Don’t look up (5.141 billion minutes watched on Netflix), The gray man (4.972 billion minutes watched on Netflix), Frozen II (4.195 billion minutes watched on Disney+) and not mapped (4.179 billion minutes watched on Netflix).
Released November 5, 2021, Eternals was met with a score of 47 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, surpassing Thor: The Dark World becoming the worst reviewed film in the MCU to date. Eternals‘ audience score on Rotten Tomatoes fared better at 77 percent, while CinemaScore, which surveys movie audiences to rate their viewing experiences after opening day, revealed the film earned a “B” from moviegoers.
Despite the polarizing response, Eternals still proved to be a solid box office hit for Marvel. The film opened to $71.3 million, the fourth-biggest Pandemic opening weekend to that point, and grossed $164.9 million in the US and Canada. After becoming the sixth highest-grossing film of 2021 in the United States, the film ended its global run with a gross of $402.1 million.
Eternals follows a group of immortal aliens who emerge from hiding after thousands of years to protect Earth from their ancient counterparts known as the Deviants. The film’s large ensemble cast also includes Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Brian Tyree Henry, Kit Harrington and Salma Hayek. Barry Keoghan, who plays Druig in the Chloé Zhao-directed film, recently addressed the mixed critical and fan reaction to the film. The actor said: “You know? So Chloe brings – as you’ve seen from her previous films – raw performances and really, really moving performances. I don’t think it was… I think it was new. I think it was just new . It was new to the Marvel world.”
An Eternals the sequel appears to still be in limbo despite the film’s strong performance on Disney+ and Easter eggs associated with the film appearing in other MCU releases. Kumail Nanjiani, who plays Bollywood star Kingo in the film, says he is still awaiting word on a potential sequel. “I would love to come back,” Nanjiani said. “But I’m kind of waiting to hear when or if that’s going to happen. I hope I get to do more. I had a great time playing that character. It would be a shame if he’s kind of one-and-done. But you know, the decision is not mine to make.”
Eternals currently streaming on Disney+.