Half a billion! In the same report, Netflix trumpeted their current subscriber base, now up to 5 million global members, and current profits: in the first quarter of the year alone the company's made $2.5 billion off streaming subscriptions. At least according to Netflix suits, the movie strategy, including Sandler's output and smaller offerings like the war movie The Siege of Jadotville, are wrangling the eyeballs. (The company also admits some misfires; the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon sequel Sword of Destiny didn't play.)
Later this year, Netflix will premiere The Meyerowitz Stories, the latest from acclaimed filmmaker Noah Baumbach, starring Ben Stiller, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman and... Adam Sandler. It's expected to be a departure for the actor, a dramedy designed outside the mold of The Ridiculous Six and Sandy Wexler. Will it perform?