The viewing figures for The Irishman have been released, and the gangster epic proved to be a huge hit with Netflix subscribers as it was watched by over 13 million viewers in the first five days of its release.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Nielsen data the critically acclaimed film from Martin Scorsese, which revolves around Robert De Niro’s Frank Sheeran, Al Pacino’s Jimmy Hoffa and Joe Pesci’s Russell Bufalino, drew an audience of 13.16 million viewers between Wednesday November 27 and Sunday December 1.
This data also revealed that there were 17.1 mullion unique viewers that watched at least some of the three and a half hour long movie, too.
What’s even more impressive is that these figures don’t account for everyone who has viewed The Irishman. That’s because these Nielsen ratings only measure when The Irishman was viewed on American television sets, and don’t include worldwide viewers or those that watched it on their computers or other devices.
There’s no denying that they are very impressive, especially when you consider The Irishman’s running time and the fact it is an adult drama lead by actors in their 70s.
Indiewire even went as far as to figure out how much The Irishman would have grossed domestically if it had been released in cinemas. According to their statistics, at $9.08 a movie ticket, which is the average price in 2019, these 17.1 million views would have made it $155 million in its opening weekend.
Of course, the main reason why so many people decided to watch The Irishman, though, is because they could do so in the comfort of their own homes. Which is just further proof of why so many of the world’s best filmmakers are turning to Netflix.