15 July

Tom Hanks WWII Movie ‘Greyhound’ Breaks Apple TV+ Opening Weekend Record

July 15, 2020 15:27,

The Tom Hanks WWII thriller “Greyhound” was meant to open theatrically through Sony, but it wound up with a big opening weekend with its premiere on Apple TV+ on July 10.
The film starring and written by Hanks and directed by Aaron Schneider broke the viewership record for an Apple TV+ original film in its opening weekend, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap, and 30% of the viewers of “Greyhound” were, in fact, new to the service.
No specific viewership numbers were disclosed, and it’s unclear what titles it beat out for the opening weekend record. This year Apple TV+ has so far debuted “The Banker” and the documentaries “Beastie Boys Story” and “Dads.”
Though it was acquired from Sony after it was meant for a theatrical release in June, “Greyhound” actually marks the second partnership with Hanks’ Playtone and Apple. Apple also picked up a straight-to-series order for the drama series “Masters of the Air,” executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Hanks and Gary Goetzman. The upcoming international limited series is the first project green-lit by Apple with Apple serving as the studio.

Apple also recently acquired the rights to Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” the Antoine Fuqua drama “Emancipation” starring Will Smith and a graphic novel adaptation called “Snow Blind” starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
© The Wrap

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