(Bloomberg) -- Netflix Inc. expects 40 million households to watch “The Irishman” in its first month, making the Oscar contender one of the streaming service’s most popular movies.

The gangster epic directed by Martin Scorsese was seen by 26.4 million homes in its first week, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said Tuesday at an investment conference. The film, which debuted online Nov. 27 after a run in theaters, stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

Netflix is selective about the viewing data it releases, often leaving Wall Street and Hollywood guessing about whether its shows and movies are successful. Nielsen previously indicated that “The Irishman” was seen by 13.2 million U.S. viewers in its first five days of release. That put it above “El Camino,” this year’s cinematic follow-up to the TV show “Breaking Bad,” but below “Bird Box,” Sandra Bullock’s supernatural thriller from 2018.

Sarandos seemed to determined to show Netflix was being as transparent as possible with the “Irishman” numbers. At the conference, hosted by UBS Group AG, he gave the viewing figure in full with no rounding: 26,404,081. That’s about a sixth of all Netflix subscribers.

Netflix counts viewers who watched at least 70% of the movie.

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