Netflix just revealed how many accounts watched 'Bird Box' and it's wild

The dystopian sci-fi movie, directed by Susanne Bier, has reportedly been viewed by more than 45 million Netflix subscriber accounts since it became available for streaming on December 21, the company announced.

Have you seen Bird Box, the psychological horror film on Netflix? Netflix explained that this is simply how they track views for original films, not all of their content.

"Bird Box" was a prestige effort for Netflix, one of three films the company released in theaters before showing them on its streaming service this year. "I'm fairly sure Bird Box is a phenomenon of some sort, but without verifiable data or comparative data for context, a Netflix-affiliated Twitter feed coming down from on-high with suspiciously specific (and yet entirely vague) data is the epitome of nonsense", he tweeted. It's also unclear - though presumable - that the number reflects accounts that have accessed the film globally. Simply put: streaming a movie into the comforts of your living room is a heck of a lot easier than trekking to the local cineplex and slapping $10 on the counter.

Were you one of the 45 million plus viewers to watch Bird Box in its first week?

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Also, Netflix has no independent verifier for checking the numbers, all of which are verified by none other than Netflix itself. Netflix refused to tell The Verge how many Bird Box streamers were based in the U.S. (Cordcutting.com has reached out to Netflix for comment, too, and we'll update this piece if Netflix shares any new information with us).

Tensions between Hollywood (both TV and film) and Netflix have only increased since the streaming giant became a major player following the "House of Cards" release. From the comfort of a Netflix household, the time and financial investments are far less. Netflix says there's a pretty good chance that you have. "But not an Oscar".

Directors Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino have expressed similar opinions.

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