In its first week of release, Top Gun: Maverick broke the previous record for the best-selling digital film thanks to its home media distribution. After more than 30 years, Tom Cruise took on the famous role of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the much anticipated Top Gun sequel. Despite several setbacks brought on by COVID-19, Cruise and Paramount decided against submitting the movie to a streaming service to maintain a theatrical run. When the film debuted this summer, Top Gun: Maverick smashed box office records and received overwhelmingly positive reviews from both critics and popular audiences. Due to its continuing appeal, the film has become a sensation in Hollywood.
Top Gun: Maverick’s record-breaking notoriety began on opening weekend when it shattered the previous Memorial Day weekend record. Later, it became Cruise’s first $1 billion-grossing film. Top Gun: Maverick has grossed more than $1.4 billion over 14 weeks, maintaining its strong performance. Only once has the film finished outside of the top five at the box office. This results from a mixture of the absence of summertime competition, public adoration for Top Gun: Maverick, and the desire to see the follow-up again. Another record has now been broken by Cruise’s movie thanks to its positive word of mouth and replay value.
After the movie’s first week of digital distribution, Paramount Home Entertainment declared that Top Gun: Maverick had the highest week-one digital sell-through rate ever in the United States and numerous other significant foreign markets. In other words, Top Gun: Maverick’s first week of digital sales is the greatest ever. The film has already surpassed the Top 20 list of all-time best-selling digital releases after just one week of availability. Top Gun: Maverick was the best-selling product on Amazon.com on its first day of release, contributing to the film’s popularity.
The first opportunity for fans to view the supplementary material Paramount provided in the home release comes with Top Gun: Maverick’s digital release, which is currently accessible across all major digital platforms. Viewers may learn even more about how the movie was developed and what went into Cruise’s comeback thanks to the 110 minutes of extras and behind-the-scenes material. Digital is now the sole option for watching Top Gun: Maverick other than making another trip to the cinema. No date has been set for Paramount+’s streaming debut, and the 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD editions won’t be available until November 1.
Another indication of how incredibly popular Tom Cruise’s film is is the most recent record set by Top Gun: Maverick. Whether seeing it for the first or second, the thrilling, action-packed movie is undoubtedly still keeping viewers entertained at home. As the actor receives a percentage of the home media sales as well, this also means that Cruise’s outrageous salary for Top Gun: Maverick will rise. There is little question that Cruise’s patience paid off because the film is also shattering box office records in this format. In the meanwhile, this will probably just increase excitement in finally seeing a Top Gun: Maverick sequel.