Tom Hanks’ Greyhound sails into Apple TV+’s strongest opening weekend ever

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‘Greyhound’ will be Apple’s first summer bLockbuster.
Instead of theaters, Tom Hanks’ WWII movie Greyhound debuted on Apple TV+... where it did very well.
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Tom Hanks’ feature film about World War II brought in the largest opening-weekend audience Apple TV+ has netted so far. Even better for Apple, Greyhound reportedly brought plenty of fresh customers to its still-new streaming video service.

Unnamed sources close to Apple leaked to Deadline how well the WWII action movie did. They say weekend viewership was in-line with how many tickets the film would have sold if it had debuted in theaters.

But COVID-19 made an in-theater launch impossible. Hanks said last Tuesday that Apple TV+ “saved the day” by buying the rights.

Sail off with Tom Hanks in Greyhound on Apple TV+

Hanks has been called Hollywood’s top history buff, so it’s no surprise he wrote and stars in a movie set during the mid-20th century. The Cult of Mac review of Greyhound calls it “old-school, flag-waving thrills.” It’s garnering good reviews all around — Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 80% critics score.

Apple’s own synopsis of the war flick says, “Inspired by real events, Captain Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks) leads an international convoy of 37 ships on a treacherous mission across The Atlantic to deliver thousands of soldiers and much-needed supplies to Allied forces.”

Watching this movie requires a $4.99 monthly subscription to Apple TV+, but anyone who recently bought a new Apple device can enjoy the streaming service free for a year. There are currently more than 30 shows or movies available or coming soon.