Apple TV+ Sets Opening Weekend Record with Tom Hanks Film ‘Greyhound’
Have you seen the new Tom Hanks film on Apple TV+ called Greyhound? According to Deadline, the movie has set new opening weekend records on Apple’s young streaming media service.
“Apple’s WWII drama Greyhound, starring and written by Tom Hanks, has become the largest opening weekend release ever for Apple TV+, including series that have bowed on the service, sources close to Apple tell Deadline.”
Of course, no specific numbers were provided, but Deadline says “the film turned in a viewing audience commensurate with a summer theatrical box office big hit.” Sources says 30% of Greyhound viewers were new to Apple TV+.
Greyhound was set to open in theatres this summer but COVID-19 changed that idea, so Sony sold streaming rights to the highest bidder, which turned out to be Apple.
Apple did not comment on what the previous title that held the opening weekend record was on Apple TV+, but with more major films coming exclusively to the service, we can probably expect bigger numbers to come, if they are ever revealed.
Greyhound launched on Friday, July 10 and chronicles the Battle of Atlantic during World War II, with Hanks playing a U.S. Navy captain escorting a convoy across the Atlantic, as they being hunted by groups of German U-boats, or “wolfpacks”.