Netflix has revealed that over 26 million accounts watched its epic mob movie, The Irishman, in its first week of release. The streaming giant has also estimated that this figure will rise to 40 million accounts by the end of the year.
The movie, which went live on November 27th, received widespread critical acclaim, with particular praise for Martin Scorsese’s direction and the performances of his frequent colleagues Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. The movie has already received five Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Director.
For comparison, Netflix’s horror movie Bird Box, which became a viewing sensation last Christmas, drew some 45 million viewers in its first week of release.
The movie was a huge investment for Netlflix, having a reported pruduction budget of $159 million. It also had a short run in theatres before launching on the streaming platform.
Netflix revealed the exact viewing figure on Twitter with a reference to a common motif from the film. The tweet read: “*pours glass of wine* *dips bread* My friends, I’ve got some news from the big guy at the top: THE IRISHMAN was watched by 26,404,081 accounts globally — within its first 7 days on Netflix.”