The Queen’s Gambit has been announced by streaming giant Netflix as its largest scripted limited series in history, releasing over the first 28 days of release to a record-breaking 62 million households, The Hollywood Reporter reported. The opening number figure places the show in the same league as some of the biggest original film debuts for Netflix, including The Kissing Booth 2 and The Irishman.
The Anya Taylor-Joy-starrer has also proved to be an overseas success, entering the top 10 list of streamers in 92 nations and placing number one in 63 countries including the UK, Argentina, Israel, and South Africa.
“In a statement, Frank said, “I am both pleased and dazed by the response. “It’s so so above what either of us might have expected.” So speaking to my fellow producers and the show’s entire cast and crew, each of whom made me look cooler than I really am, we’re very thankful that so many took the time to watch our show.”
“We felt it was a compelling tale three years ago when Scott Frank first approached us about adapting The Queen’s Gambit,” Peter Friedlander, Netflix vice president of the original series, said in a statement. Beth is an underdog who is faced with addiction, loss, abandonment.
Despite the odds, her success points to the value of perseverance, family, and discovering, and being loyal to, yourself. I don’t think either of us might have expected, though that the film] will become the worldwide success it is today or our largest short scripted series ever.
“That he was able to bring the drama and detail of the many chess matches to life on camera is a true testament to Scott’s ability as a writer and film-maker,” Friedlander said. Scott also had considerable support from the talented craft staff of the series.
The elegant use of checkerboard designs in Beth’s wardrobe by costume designer Gabriele Binder, the suspenseful music by composer Carlos Rafael Rivera, the gripping montages by editor Michelle Tesoro, the vivid selections that pop off the frame in every scene by production designer Uli Hanisch, and filmmaker Steven Meizler, whose performance made every match into a heart-pounding thriller.