Netflix’s new Mafia drama The Irishman was streamed 26.4 million times just in its first week of being released on the streaming platform. That viewing number is rising and Netflix expects the original film to reach 40 million homes on December 23, one month after its release date. The film is based on true events and has a star-studded cast including Robert de Niro as Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, alongside Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and others. It’s directed by Martin Scorsese.
Netflix only counts streams after a viewer has watched 70% of the film. The Irishman is three and a half hours long, which means viewers have to watch in this case two and a half hours of the film to qualify as a full stream.
Netflix’s most popular movie ever streamed is still the suspenseful thriller Bird Box starring Sandra Bullock which was released around this same time last year and pulled in a whopping 80 million views, double that projected for The Irishman. However, the mobster epic’s 40 million projected views will still put it in the same league as other popular Netflix releases like The Highwaymen and Secret Obsession.
For a long time, Netflix kept it’s individual streaming numbers secretive but has become more public about its original movie’s successes within this past year as a way to generate hype and draw in more big name talent and producers. However, there’s no way to verify the streaming giant’s reported numbers since access to the company’s data is limited and it’s basically a case of believing Netflix’s word.
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