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Entertainment Prey has the biggest debut ever on Hulu ... according to streamer

09:50  10 august  2022
09:50  10 august  2022 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Prey, the action thriller film that is a prequel to the film Predator, had the biggest-ever debut in Hulu history, the streaming service said.

The film, which stars Amber Midthunder in the role of Naru, garnered the most number of viewing hours across all films and TV shows on Hulu in its initial three days of release, Variety reported Tuesday.

The film's success comes after Hulu in April revealed that The Kardashians had the most widely-viewed premiere of a TV show on the service.

The latest: Prey, the action thriller film that is a prequel to the film Predator, had the biggest-ever debut in Hulu history, the streaming service said. The film stars Amber Midthunder, 25, in the role of Naru © Provided by Daily Mail The latest: Prey, the action thriller film that is a prequel to the film Predator, had the biggest-ever debut in Hulu history, the streaming service said. The film stars Amber Midthunder, 25, in the role of Naru

Hulu parent company Disney opted not to release the motion picture in theaters, as it debuted on Friday on Hulu in the U.S. in addition to Disney’s Star+ in Latin America and Disney+ under the Star banner in other areas. Disney said that Prey's debut marked the most-watched movie on both platforms, according to the outlet.

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Hulu and Disney did not release statistics behind the viewing, the outlet reported.

The film had always been plotted to debut on the streaming service, according to The Hollywood Reporter, dating back to its preproduction process before COVID-19 struck.

The outlet reported that Disney felt releasing it via Hulu was the best course it could take.

The motion picture features Dane DiLiegro in the role of the Predator © Provided by Daily Mail The motion picture features Dane DiLiegro in the role of the Predator The film garnered the most number of viewing hours across all films and TV shows on Hulu in its initial three days of release © Provided by Daily Mail The film garnered the most number of viewing hours across all films and TV shows on Hulu in its initial three days of release

A box office insider told the outlet that Disney 'might have had a tough row to hoe if going theatrical' after the 2018 release of the film The Predator (which made $51 million domestically and $160 million worldwide) was a disappointment that hurt the brand.

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The franchise has had its ups and downs, as the debut film in the series, 1987's Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, made $59.7 million domestically and $160 million worldwide on a budget of $15 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

The crossover film Alien vs. Predator in 2004 made $80 million domestically and $177 million worldwide on a budget of $60 million.

According to a studio synopsis, Prey tells 'the origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago,' as 'Naru, a © Provided by Daily Mail According to a studio synopsis, Prey tells 'the origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago,' as 'Naru, a The Naru character grew up among iconic hunters of the Great Plains, and is protective of her family and community amid danger © Provided by Daily Mail The Naru character grew up among iconic hunters of the Great Plains, and is protective of her family and community amid danger

According to a studio synopsis, Prey tells 'the origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago,' as 'Naru, a "skilled" female warrior, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.'

The Naru character grew up among iconic hunters of the Great Plains, and is protective of her family and community amid danger. She eventually learns that the danger is coming from an alien predator with a high-tech arsenal, setting up a face-off between the sides.

Rounding out the cast of the film, which is directed by Dan Trachtenberg, includes Dakota Beavers as Taabe, Dane DiLiegro as Predator, Stormee Kipp as Wasape, Michelle Thrush as Aruka, and Julian Black Antelope as Chief Kehetu.

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