Netflix's Beasts of No Nation, its first film released both theatrically and on the streaming site simultaneously, has become the site's most watched film globally. The drama, directed by Cary Fukanaga (True Detective, Jane Eyre), also has generated social media buzz according to analytics firm ListenFirst.
As MediaPost reports, "On the day of its release, the movie generated 7.2 million official and unofficial YouTube views. That put it ahead of Boyhood, with 5.4 million views, The Grand Budapest Hotel, with 5.3 million, and Selma with 1.1 million. Meanwhile Beasts of No Nation scored a search volume of 48,193, in the same vicinity as Birdman, with 65,597, and Selma, with 41,365."