With this extremely expensive flagship production, Prime Video intends to challenge HBO and its prequel to the cult series “Game Of Thrones», «House of the Dragon”, whose broadcast began on August 21.
Amazon Group announced on Saturday that the big-budget series “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power“, based on the works of JRR Tolkien, had made Friday the best launch in the history of its streaming platform, Prime Video, with 25 million viewers.
With this flagship production, Prime Video intends to challenge HBO and its prequel to the cult series “Game Of Thrones», «House of the Dragon”, whose broadcast began on August 21. HBO also assured that it was its best launch, with nearly 10 million viewers in the United States alone. “+The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power+ drew more than 25 million viewers worldwide on day one (Friday), breaking all previous records, marking the biggest premiere in Prime Video history“, said in its press release the Amazon group, which broadcast the first two episodes.
“Somehow it makes sense that it’s Tolkien’s stories, which are among the most popular of all time and which many consider the true origin of the fantasy genre, lead us to this proud moment.“, welcomed Jennifer Salke, the head of Amazon Studios. The series, which will air until October 14, is crucial for Amazon, which wants to exist in the ultra-competitive streaming landscape, where Netflix, Disney + and HBO Max are already fighting a tough battle.
“The Rings of Powertakes place during theSecond Ageof Tolkien, in Middle-earth, thousands of years before the events ofHobbit” and “Lord of the Rings“, the cult trilogy of Tolkien which has already been adapted to the cinema. Amazon paid $250 million to buy the rights, and some $465 million was spent on the first season alone. The group having committed to five seasons, the final sum should far exceed one billion.