Hulu says ‘Prey’ is its biggest movie or TV series premiere
The direct-to-Hulu release of “Prey,” the action-thriller prequel to “Predator,” scored the most viewing hours ever on the Disney-owned streamer in its first three days — among all TV series and movies.
That would mean “Prey” had a larger three-day total watch time than “The Kardashians,” which Hulu reported in April as its biggest TV series premiere at the time.
Disney has decided to forgo a theatrical release of 20th Century Studios’ “Prey,” which premiered August 5 on Hulu in the United States, as well as Disney’s Star+ in Latin America and Disney+ under the Star banner in all other territories.
Disney said “Prey” was also the most-watched movie premiere on Star+ in Latin America and on Disney+ under the Star banner.
However, as is often the case with streaming platforms, Hulu and Disney do not publish the precise number of hours watched for “Prey”. Netflix, meanwhile, releases viewing metrics and ratings for titles on its service, based on the total number of hours streamed over a given time period.
“Prey” is set in the world of the Comanche nation 300 years ago, centuries before the events of 1987’s first “Predator.” It follows a fierce and highly skilled warrior, Naru, who was raised in the shadows of some of the most legendary hunters that roam the Great Plains. So when danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her people. The prey she stalks and ultimately confronts turns out to be a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal – resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.
“As an alien attack thriller, ‘Prey’ is competent and well-paced, but with few surprises,” Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman wrote in his review. “But Naru’s journey gives him a semblance of emotional coherence that most ‘Predator’ movies lacked.”
The film stars Amber Midthunder as Naru, newcomer Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush, Julian Black Antelope, and Dane DiLiegro as the Predator.
The film is directed by Dan Trachtenberg, written by Patrick Aison and produced by John Davis, Jhane Myers and Marty Ewing, with Lawrence Gordon, Ben Rosenblatt, James E. Thomas, John C. Thomas and Marc Toberoff serving as executive producers.