Here‘s why we didn‘t see the monsters in ‘Bird Box‘

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While Netflix doesn't release viewing metrics, "Bird Box"'s numbers were surprising enough to have the company share the news.

Bird Box has received mixed to positive reviews from critics.

Some digging by The Verge indicates that at least 45M people watched at least 70% of the supernatural thriller.

However, according to a recent interview with screenwriter Eric Heisserer, the monsters were initially going to be shown in a now-deleted scene from "Bird Box".

Shares of Netflix are up 33% YTD.

More than 45 million accounts streamed the film in the first seven days following its release.

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This assertion attracted some side-eyeing from those familiar with Netflix's general behavior in reporting. Just how do you translate what 45 million Netflix viewers means, compared to the number of people who might go see a movie in a theater, for example?

Starring award-winning actress Sandra Bullock, the film, directed by Susanne Bier, is based on the 2014 novel by Josh Malerman. "How does a traditional studio considering her for a project view it?"

This is how many accounts watched "Bird Box" in its first 7 days. We'll leave the quality assessment up to you, but we do have some theories as to what may have attracted viewers.

Things escalate when Bullock's character has to travel down a unsafe river, staying awake for more than 24 hours to make sure the boat stays on course. We talk through our highs and lows in the film, our favorite performances, if the flashback structure drained the tension, and what we thought of the ending. The title comes from the box of birds she and her young children bring onto their boat.

Its cast is populated by accomplished actors, from Sandra Bullock (Gravity) and Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight) to Tom Hollander (Pride & Prejudice), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story), John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) and more.