Deadline reports that the film, which was due for a cinematic release before the pandemic saw it moved from Sony to Apple, has become the largest opening weekend release in the short history of the streaming service.
With a screenplay written by Hanks himself and based on the C S Forester novel The Good Shepherd, Greyhound follows the story of ship captain Commander Ernest Krause (Hanks), who is tasked with escorting a convoy across the Atlantic Ocean during World War Two.
While Apple hasn’t been forthcoming with the exact numbers, it’s thought audience figures for the movie — which dropped on July 10 — rival that of a theatrical box office release.
The record-breaking release of Greyhound follows Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson contracting coronavirus earlier this year, though thankfully both made a full recovery.
It also comes after Tom praised Apple for streaming Greyhound after the “absolute heartbreak” of realising it wouldn’t be released in cinemas.
“This is a magnificent gift that’s come to us because of Apple,” he said on The TODAY Show.
“Because COVID-19 did something heartbreaking to us all. It closed down the theatres. We don’t have the cinema. There isn’t anybody that doesn’t like going to see a good movie with 800 other people and coming out with something in common.
“Barring that, Apple Television has saved the day for us,” he continued.
“We had a magnificent movie that was not going to be seen because of the realities.”
Greyhound is available on Apple TV+ now.
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