Some 26.4 million accounts viewed Martin Scorsese's 3½-hour tale in its first week on the platform, chief content officer Ted Sarandos said. The film stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Ray Romano, Anna Paquin and Bobby Cannavale in the lead roles.
But "The Irishman" is only expected to rack up about half as many early viewings as the Netflix hit "Bird Box".
Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos expanded on the numbers during a conference in NY, saying he expects about 40 million account holders to watch the film during its first month of release.
By Netflix's data, a single viewership qualifies as someone having watched at least 70 percent of a movie or episode.
Nielsen last week estimated that The Irishman had an average viewership of 13.2 million in its first five days in the U.S. About one in five viewers watched the film in its entirety over its first day of streaming on November 27, Nielsen said.
Despite reservations over its lengthy run time, it has been well-received by critics.
Yet, despite the seemingly endless complains about various aspects of the film - yes, I KNOW, De Niro looked utterly ridiculously when he was "kicking" the shit out of the grocery story owner - The Irishman has been a runaway success, as its not only already racking up award nominations, but it has put up some seriously mind-blowing ratings. Netflix had about 158.3 million paid members across the globe as of September 30, including some 60.6 million in the U.S. and 97.7 million internationally.
The Irishman, which was recently nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama at the Golden Globes, is now streaming on Netflix.