‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Won’t Start Streaming Yet, Sorry – CNET

Top Gun: Maverick hit cinemas in time for Memorial Day’s kickoff of summer. Riding the lift of glowing reviews and a surge of moviegoers flocking to big blockbusters, it’s surpassed $1 billion at the box office worldwide. And Sunday, it’ll hit its 45th day in theaters, the point after which other movies by the same studio have started streaming. 

But don’t expect Top Gun: Maverick to play by those rules. 

Where will Top Gun: Maverick stream? 

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

When is Top Gun: Maverick’s streaming release date?

Paramount hasn’t set a streaming release date for the Top Gun sequel ye, but you should expect to have longer to wait. The company’s past practice — and comments about Top Gun: Maverick’s release strategy generally — paint the picture of a company willing to hold it in theaters for an unusually long period of time. 

For past live-action movies, 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 followed that 45-day timeline, it would become available to stream on Monday, the day after it completes its 45th day in cinemas. 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 reaching theaters. 

But Paramount doesn’t make films available to stream like clockwork. Scream, which hit theaters late last year, took roughly a week longer, at about 53 days. 

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

In May, Paramount CEO Bob Bakish indicated Top Gun: Maverick wouldn’t follow the 45-day timeline, according to a report by the New York Times. He was echoing comments by the company’s financial chief a couple weeks earlier. “There are certain movies that are really made for the theatrical experience. Top Gun is a great example of that,” CFO Naveen Chopra said at an investor conference. “You should see that movie in a theater, and it will stay in the theater for a longer period of time.” 

How long that “longer period of time” lasts is anyone’s guess, for now. 

Will it be ‘free’ to stream? 

Some good news is that, yes, you’re aren’t likely to be charged anything extra stream Top Gun: Maverick. Paramount Plus has never charged an additonal fee to watch a movie on its service. And even though it has two different tiers, it’s never “paywalled” a movie behind the higher-priced membership level. 

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

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