‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Still Won’t Start Airing at Home, Sorry

Top Gun: Maverick hit theaters in time for the Memorial Day summer kickoff. Riding the lift of rave reviews and a wave of moviegoers flocking to big blockbusters, it topped $1 billion at the worldwide box office. And in July, it eclipsed 45 days in theaters, when other films from the same studio began streaming.

But Top Gun: Maverick does not play by the same rules.

Where will Top Gun: Maverick premiere?

Top Gun: Maverick should air first on Paramount More. The film is distributed by Paramount Pictures, which is owned by the same parent company as Paramount Plus.

What is the Top Gun: Maverick streaming release date to watch at home?

Paramount has yet to set a streaming release date for the Top Gun sequel, but you should expect to wait longer. Its timing on Paramount Plus may draw inspiration from the company’s past patterns, but it’s best to believe comments from Paramount executives that they’re prepared to keep the film in theaters for an unusually long time.

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

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

More importantly, Paramount said it wants to keep Top Gun: Maverick in theaters longer than those other movies.

In May, Paramount CEO Bob Bakish indicated that Top Gun: Maverick would not follow the 45-day deadline, according to a report from The New York Times. Bakish was echoing comments made by the company’s chief financial officer a few weeks earlier. “Some movies are really built for the theatrical experience. Top Gun is a great example of that,” chief financial officer Naveen Chopra told an investor conference. “You should see this movie in theaters, and it will stay in theaters longer.”

No one can guess how long this “longer period” will last, just yet.

Will it be “free” to stream?

The good news is that, yes, you probably won’t be charged any additional fees to stream Top Gun: Maverick. Paramount Plus has never charged extra to watch a movie on its service. And even though it has two different tiers, there’s never a “paywall” for a movie behind the more expensive membership tier.

But Paramount Plus requires a paid subscription, so nothing about the service is literally free – unless you watch it while signed up for a free trial. Paramount Plus offers a standard seven-day free trial for all new members.

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