‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Breaks Records with Streaming Debut on Paramount+

Top Gun: Maverick is proving to be a massive hit after 6 months+ after release

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‘s latest movie is the highest-grossing movie of 2022, both domestically and globally, and now it has broken a record in its streaming debut.

Already this year’s No. 1 theatrical release (with a global box office of $1.48 billion) and the best-selling Digital release ever, the blockbuster sequel now stands as the most watched movie, globally, with its premiere weekend streaming on Paramount+ (Dec. 22 through Dec. 25).

Paramount+ debuted the film on December 22 and the movie “broke records domestically as the most watched movie premiere ever for the service, surpassing the previous record, held by Sonic the Hedgehog 2, by 60%.”

After dominating the box office this year, “Top Gun: Maverick” has finally hit Paramount+ seven months after its theatrical premiere. And even with the long, long gap between release and streaming — as well as its ready availability on VOD platforms — the blockbuster has become the most watched Paramount+ film in its premiere weekend, Paramount Studios announced Wednesday. That’s even despite its continued success on platforms like iTunes, where “Top Gun: Maverick” currently sits at #2.

“The runaway success of this film across theatrical, digital and now in streaming is an undeniable proof point demonstrating the power of Paramount’s multi-platform release strategy,” Brian Robbins, chief content officer of movies at Paramount+, said in a statement touting the company milestone. “Across all our 2022 titles, and now with ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ our studio has unlocked the value of variable windowing that streaming provides to augment a film’s overall success.”

After thirty years, Maverick is still pushing the envelope as a top naval aviator, but must confront ghosts of his past when he leads TOP GUN’s elite.

“Maverick” premiered on the streamer Thursday, December 22. Although Paramount did not share specific viewership numbers, between the first day and Sunday, December 25, it surpassed “Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s” previous record for the most-watched film premiere ever on the service by 60 percent. The film also helped increase streaming of Cruise’s other films, such as “Mission: Impossible” by 150 percent and the original “Top Gun,” from 1986, by 400 percent.

Maverick surpassed the previous record held by Sonic the Hedgehog 2 by some 60 percent. The film’s success also increased streaming viewership in the original Top Gun movie by nearly 400 percent, while Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible franchise entries enjoyed a 140 percent uptick.

The original Top Gun movie and the Mission: Impossible franchise titles also saw huge gains in viewers over the weekend.

“We are thrilled to see a continuation of the film’s massive record-breaking success by becoming the #1 most-watched movie premiere on Paramount+.

“We continue to benefit from the highly anticipated theatrical hits from Paramount Pictures that come to the service delivering fans a new way to continue to watch and re-watch their favorite movies.”

A sequel to the original film from Tony Scott, “Maverick” is directed by Joseph Kosinski, also known for his 2010 film “Tron: Legacy.” Cruise reprises his role as the titular hero Maverick, an often reckless Navy Captain whose insubordination gets him reassigned to training the next generation of Top Gun graduates to take on a new mission. Also starring alongside Cruise is Miles Teller as the son of Maverick’s best friend Goose (played by Anthony Edwards in the original film); Jennifer Connelly as Cruise’s love interest; Jon Hamm, Charles Parnell, and Ed Harris as Maverick’s superiors; and Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, and Danny Ramirez as the other candidates for the mission. Val Kilmer also appears in the film, as Maverick’s former rival Iceman from the original movie.

Production on a sequel to “Top Gun” began in 2010 before stalling after Scott died in 2012. In 2017, Kosinski was hired to direct, and the film was shot from May 2018 to April 2019. After initially being scheduled for July 2019, the film was delayed to June 2020 due to complications with the action scenes, only to be delayed an incredible four times after the COVID-19 pandemic hit its peak. Ultimately, its landing date paid off, and when the film premiered in theaters this May, it became a worldwide success. At $1.488 billion worldwide, the film is the highest-grossing movie of 2022 and the second film after “Spider-Man: No Way Home” to hit $1 billion since the pandemic began.

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