Launch Weekend Popularity of Apple TV+ Movie 'Greyhound' Compared to 'Box Office Big Hit'

Tom Hanks' WWII movie "Greyhound" saw the largest opening weekend release ever on Apple TV+, according to "sources close to Apple" that spoke to Deadline.


"Greyhound" saw more viewers than any other movie or TV show released on ‌Apple TV+‌ to date during its launch weekend, and the film is said to have a "viewing audience commensurate with a summer theatrical box office big hit."

Prior to the current public health crisis that shut down movie theaters in the United States and other countries, "Greyhound" was meant to be released in theaters. Sony Pictures instead sold the rights to Apple for $70 million, making "Greyhound" the first ever Tom Hanks movie to go directly to streaming services without a theatrical debut.

Hanks in an interview called the straight to ‌Apple TV+‌ release "an absolute heartbreak" because of the difference in picture and sound quality between an in-home television set and a movie theater.

Along with its position as the number one movie release on ‌Apple TV+‌, "Greyhound" also appears to have attracted a new audience. 30 percent of those who watched the movie were new to the ‌Apple TV+‌ service.

In "Greyhound," Hanks takes on the role of Navy veteran and captain Ernest Krause, who fights his own self doubts while leading a convoy of Allied ships against German U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic to prove that he belongs in command. The movie has an 80 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Top Rated Comments

Robotti Avatar
51 months ago
I find watching movies at home much more enjoyable than in a theater. Great picture and sound quality, beer with my popcorn, AND I get to choose my company. I wouldn’t exactly call it a heartbreak.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wilgeno Avatar
51 months ago
75" 4K screen with surround sound system. Plus reclining leather seating, no screaming kids, pause at anytime for any reason, any snacks I want, same for drinks, and I get to choose the time to watch. No, it's just not the same experience as at the theater. It's a better experience.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ThatGuyInLa Avatar
51 months ago
Hanks needs to come over to my place and watch it. He would not be so upset.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AngerDanger Avatar
51 months ago

"Greyhound" saw more viewers than any other movie or TV show released on Apple TV+
Now that's damning with faint praise if I've ever heard it.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Robert.Walter Avatar
51 months ago
I watched it on Sunday. Thoroughly entertaining. May watch again soon.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Michael Scrip Avatar
51 months ago

the film is said to have a "viewing audience commensurate with a summer theatrical box office big hit."
In other news... free at-home things are popular. :P

It's extremely easy to sit on your couch, hit a few buttons, and watch a new movie.

Or... you arrange for babysitting, drive to a movie theater, possibly pay to park, and spend a minimum of $40 for a couple to watch a movie together. Plus snacks!
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)