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‘Candy Cane Lane’: Amazon Boasts Sweet Premiere Weekend For Eddie Murphy Holiday Comedy

Amazon has declared Candy Cane Lane a smashing success.

The holiday offering is the No. 1 film globally on Prime Video in its first three days of release, after premiering on the platform on December 1, according to the company.

Though no viewership data was released, Amazon also boasts the Eddie Murphy-led film as the most-watched Amazon MGM Studios-produced (formerly just Amazon Studios) movie debut ever in the U.S. and among the top 10 worldwide film debuts ever on the service. 

The last high profile Amazon MGM Studios film made for streaming on Prime was Red, White and Royal Blue, which was also dubbed a hit by the parent company — though Candy Cane Lane appears to have stolen its thunder.

Some viewership data for Candy Cane Lane will likely be available via Nielsen’s streaming reports, though the numbers for this week won’t be released until January.

“The sensational debut of Eddie Murphy’s first-ever Christmas movie, Candy Cane Lane, is a true demonstration of how joyful, family-oriented stories can touch the hearts of viewers around the world,” said Courtenay Valenti, head of film, streaming, and theatrical at Amazon MGM Studios. “We are so proud of our wonderful director Reginald Hudlin, along with the dynamic Eddie Murphy and Tracee Ellis Ross, our partners at Imagine Entertainment, and the rest of the all-star cast and team of creatives that brought this original and festive IP to life.”

In Candy Cane Lane, Murphy stars in this holiday comedy adventure about a man on a mission to win his neighborhood’s annual Christmas home decoration contest. After Chris (Murphy) inadvertently makes a deal with a mischievous elf named Pepper (Jillian Bell) to better his chances of winning, she casts a magic spell that brings the 12 Days of Christmas to life and wreaks havoc on the whole town. At the risk of ruining the holidays for his family, Chris, his wife Carol (Tracee Ellis Ross), and their three children must race against the clock to break Pepper’s spell, battle deviously magical characters and save Christmas for everyone.

The film also stars Tracee Ellis Ross, Thaddeus J. Mixson, Ken Marino, Nick Offerman, Robin Thede, Chris Redd, Genneya Walton, Madison Thomas, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Lombardo Boyar, D.C. Young Fly, Danielle Pinnock, Timothy Simons, Riki Lindhome, and Stephen Tobolowsky.

Candy Cane Lane is directed by Reginald Hudlin, written by Kelly Younger, and produced by Brian Grazer, Eddie Murphy, Karen Lunder, and Charisse Hewitt-Webster.