Longest movie-watching marathon-world record set
by Suresh Joachim and Claudia Wavra
NEW YORK, US -- Suresh Joachim, of Toronto,
and Claudia Wavra, of Petersburg, Germany, spent 123
hours seeing 57 films in a plexi-glass house in Times Square-setting
the world record for the Longest
Photo: Mississauga's Suresh Joachim (left)
and Claudia Wavra celebrate yesterday after winning the Netflix
Movie Watching World Championship event.
The two broke the World Record for most consecutive
hours spent watching movies after watching 57 films in 123
hours and 10 minutes./ Netflix photo
"I have enjoyed watching so many wonderful
American movies in the last five days," said Joachim, 39.
"I currently hold 33 World Records and am happy to be achieving
more of my goals by adding (this win) to my accomplishments."
With the win, the pair took home a share of the
$10,000 grand prize along with a lifetime subscription to
the online movie rental company Netflix.
The record-breaking attempt was billed as
The contest started with a screening
of the summer blockbuster Iron Man and concluded with Thelma
In total, Joachim watched 57 movies including
The American President, The Bourne Identity, Chariots of Fire,
Kill Bill Vol. 2, The English Patient and Caddyshack.
The event began with eight challengers but narrowed
to the final two after three days.
The rules were simple: competitors were given
10 minutes between each film to refresh themselves. Eating,
drinking, standing and stretching were allowed as long as
the contestant's eyes remained on the screen.
Medical professionals monitored the contestants
throughout the event to determine if they were really watching
or were just staring blankly at the screen.
A few celebrities stopped by to cheer on the
competitors, including exercise guru Richard Simmons on day
two to lead the contestants in calisthenics.
"Setting the new world record at the Netflix Popcorn
Bowl event has beenan unforgettable experience," said the
31-year-old Wavra of Petersberg,Germany. "This is the fourth
time I am breaking this record, but doing it inNew York City
is especially important to me because I've always wanted to
dosomething great here."
Academy Award-winning actor Susan Sarandon
dropped off the final film and even provided some words of
encouragement to the last two movie watchers.
Previous world record:
movies watched -world record set by Ashish Sharma
Related world records:
movie watched-world record set by Claudia Wavra
non-stop Elvis impersonation-world record set by Suresh Joachim
Ironing Marathon - world record set by Ben Walton
Wednesday, October 8, 2008