On the basis of current trends the series – starring Omar Sy of “Untouchable” fame – will have breezed past Netflix's biggest recent blockbuster “The Queen's Gambit” which has 62 million views and other English-language hits including “Bridgerton”.
The Netflix projection covers the 28 days to February 5th, the company told AFP.
“70 million, that's crazy”, Omar Sy tweeted. “So proud that Lupin is the first French series to have such an international success.”
70 millions, that's insane!! ?
So proud that Lupin is the first French Netflix Original series to be so successful internationally !
That wouldn’t have been possible without you. ??
Thank you all. pic.twitter.com/cgehO0KGuZ
— Omar Sy (@OmarSy) January 19, 2021
Only half of the first season's 10 episodes have so far been available on Netflix.
They are top of the viewing charts in around 10 countries, including Brazil, Vietnam, Argentina and Spain.
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The 1905 book on which the series is loosely based, “Arsene Lupin – Gentleman Burglar” by French novelist Maurice Leblanc – has shot to the top of book sales on Amazon.fr since the release of the TV show.
In the series, based in modern-day Paris, Sy plays Assane Diop who uses the gentleman thief and master of disguise as his inspiration in his quest to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family.
— Ann-Marie Blake (@ACHOOGIRL) January 15, 2021
The series, produced by Gaumont, was mostly written by Briton George Kay, whose past work includes “Killing Eve”, “Criminal” and “The Hour”.
It has a 7.4 out of 10 rating, according to a review compilation by the Internet Movie Database.