Tom Hanks Film ‘Greyhound’ Breaks Opening Weekend Record for Apple TV+

July 15, 2020
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Tom Hanks can add one more blockbuster to his list.

On Friday, the Oscar winner’s latest film, “Greyhound,” was released on Apple TV+ and it is already breaking records.

According to Deadline, the WWII drama was the streaming channel’s “largest opening-weekend release” for any film or TV series since the platform came out last year.

While Apple TV+ hasn’t released any official figures, sources told the outlet the audience numbers were comparable to those reserved for summer theatrical tentpole films.

In addition, 30% of “Greyhound” viewers were brand new to the service, the publication noted.

Other recent high-profile Apple TV+ releases include “The Morning Show” with Jennifer Aniston, “Defending Jacob” starring Chris Evans and “The Banker” with Anthony Mackie.

In “Greyhound,” Hanks stars as a Navy veteran and first-time captain that has to protect 37 ships carrying soldiers and supplies across the Atlantic Ocean.

The film, which Hanks wrote and produced, was initially set to be released in theaters, but was moved to the streaming platform due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hanks said the initial news that the film wouldn’t play on the big screen was an “absolute heartbreak.”

"I don't mean to make angry my Apple overlords, but there is a difference in picture and sound quality," Hanks said of streaming the film at home versus watching it on the big screen.

Based on the 1955 novel “The Good Shepherd,” “Greyhound” co-stars Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan and Elisabeth Shue.

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