Netflix has announced viewing figures for Martin Scorsese's gangster epic The Irishman, revealing that more than 26 million accounts watched the film in its first week.

The star-studded film, led be Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, landed on the streaming service on November 27 following a limited cinema run.

The streaming giant has now announced that the three-and-a-half hour crime drama was streamed by 26.4 million accounts around the world within seven days of release on Twitter.

Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos expanded on the numbers during a conference in New York, saying he expects about 40 million account holders to watch the film during its first month of release.

On Monday it was awarded five Golden Globe nominations, including for best drama film and best supporting actor nods for Pesci and Pacino. De Niro, however, was a surprise omission from the leading actor category.

Read our review of The Irishman here

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