Tom Hanks’ WWII drama Greyhound on Apple TV+ is reported to be the largest opening weekend ever for the streamer so far. Apple won’t give exact numbers, but it’s rumored to have brought in viewers comparable to a box office release. On top of that good news for Apple, 30% of the film’s viewers were new to the service.
The previous record-holder on Apple TV+ was the limited series Defending Jacob starring Chris Evans, which set debut records in May.
No doubt being ranked number one on its opening weekend out of 26 originals to debut on Apple TV+ is one redeeming consolation for Hanks, who said it was “an absolute heartbreak” to have his film premiere on the streamer. But if the reports are true and Greyhound brought in box office numbers, it may be easier for other films to rip off the band-aid and do the same.
Summer movie releases keep getting delayed due to theaters’ ever-changing reopening dates. Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and Disney’s live-action Mulan are still holding out for a box office premiere, but we’ll see how long they can wait around. Both films currently have August release dates, but that could change due to how the things on the pandemic horizon are looking as of right now.
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