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Netflix recently signed up Adam Sandler to make another four films for its service, so they're obviously a hit with viewers. But we didn't realise just how popular they were.

According to Netflix, its members have spent more than half a billion hours watching the comic antics of Mr Sandler. Half a billion. Madness.

The streaming service revealed the news in a letter to its shareholders during its quarterly earnings report. However, more highbrow commissions, like 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny', have failed to live up to expectations.

Its most viewed special was the recent 'Dave Chappelle: Collection 1' stand-up show.

The firm revealed it added 3.53 million members outside the US during the last three months, compared to 1.42 million inside the US. While impressive, both of these figures were below Wall Street's predictions.

It's expected to sign up its 100 millionth customer this weekend.

As well as the figures, Netflix revealed that it is considering allowing cinemas to show Netflix original films at the same time as they air on the streaming service.

"Since our members are funding these films, they should be the first to see them," Netflix wrote.

"But we are also open to supporting the large theatre chains, such as AMC and Regal in the US, if they want to offer our films, such as our upcoming Will Smith film 'Bright' in theatres simultaneous to Netflix. Let consumers choose."



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