Netflix (NFLX) subscribers have watched over 500 million hours of Adam Sandler content.
This is not a typo.
In its first quarter earnings release, the streaming video company provided color on some of its recent original releases, and perhaps to the surprise of some, Sandler has been a massive hit on Netflix.
“Just ahead of the release of our third film from Adam Sandler, Sandy Wexler, we announced the renewal of our deal with Sandler to premiere an additional four films exclusively on Netflix around the world,” the company said.
“We continue to be excited by our Sandler relationship and our members continue to be thrilled with his films. Since the launch of The Ridiculous 6, Netflix members have spent more than half a billion hours enjoying the films of Adam Sandler.” (Emphasis ours.)
Following the release of this news, some users on social media were dismayed by the popularity of the star who, for many millennials, peaked during their youth with cult hits like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore. Most of Sandler’s films in the last decade have, to say the least, been poorly received by critics.
But Netflix, which spend is spending billions of dollars per year on original content, has clearly found a loyal viewership for Sandler’s films, and one that fits with the company’s goal to provide users enough original content that they don’t need to go anywhere else to find something to watch.
“Our goal remains the same,” the company said, “to offer a variety of new movies that will attract and delight members at better economics relative to licensing movies under traditional windowing.”
Elsewhere in its earnings report, Netflix reported first quarter earnings of $0.40 per share on revenue of $2.64 billion. In the first quarter, Netflix added 1.42 million subscribers in the U.S. and 3.53 million internationally. Wall Street had forecast earnings per share of $0.37 on revenue of $2.65 billion; subscriber growth was expected to be 1.5 million in the U.S. and 3.7 million internationally.
This weekend, the company said it expects to pass the 100 million subscriber mark.
Myles Udland is a writer at Yahoo Finance. Follow him on Twitter @MylesUdland
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