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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ won’t start streaming at home soon, sorry

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ won’t start streaming at home soon, sorry

Top Gun: Maverick hit theaters in time for Memorial Day’s kickoff to summer. Buoyed by rave reviews and a wave of moviegoers flocking to big blockbusters, it crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. And in July, it eclipsed 45 days in theaters, the point when other films from the same studio have started streaming.

But Top Gun: Maverick doesn’t play by the same rules.

Where will Top Gun: Maverick stream first?

Top Gun: Maverick expected to stream first Paramount Plus. The film is distributed by Paramount Pictures, which is owned by the same parent company as Paramount Plus.

When will Top Gun: Maverick be available to stream at home?

Paramount hasn’t set a streaming release date for the Top Gun sequel yet, but you should expect to have a longer wait. The timing of Paramount Plus may take some cues from the company’s past patterns, but it’s best to believe Paramount executives’ comments that suggest they’re willing to keep the film in theaters for an unusually long period of time.

For previous live-action films, Paramount has tended to give them at least 45 days exclusively in theaters before they are available for streaming on Paramount Plus. If Top Gun: Maverick had followed the 45-day timeline, it would have become available for streaming on July 18, the day after it completed its 45th day in theaters. Other Paramount films — February’s Jackass Forever , March’s The Lost City and April’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 — all joined Paramount Plus on the 46th day after hitting theaters.

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But Paramount doesn’t make movies available for streaming like clockwork. Scream, which hit theaters late last year, took about a week longer, at about 53 days.

More importantly, Paramount has said it wants to keep Top Gun: Maverick in theaters longer than the other films.

In May, Paramount CEO Bob Bakish indicated that Top Gun: Maverick would not follow the 45-day timeline, according to a report by The New York Times. Bakish echoed comments made by the company’s chief financial officer a couple of weeks earlier. “There are certain films that are really made for the theatrical experience. Top Gun is a good example of that,” CFO Naveen Chopra told an investor conference. “You should see that movie in a theater, and it will stay in theaters for a long time.”

How much longer that “longer time period” will be is anyone’s guess for now.

Will it be “free” to stream?

Some good news is that, yes, you probably won’t be charged anything extra to stream Top Gun: Maverick. Paramount Plus has never charged an additional fee to watch a movie on the service. And although it has two different tiers, it has never “paid” for a movie behind the more expensive membership tier.

But Paramount Plus requires a paid subscription, so literally nothing on the service is free — unless you’re watching it while you’re signed up for a free trial. Paramount Plus offers a seven-day free trial for all new members.

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