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The Original ‘Top Gun’ Rules the VOD Charts and Netflix

As big as "Top Gun: Maverick" is, this week's charts show how valuable post-theatrical revenues are for them including recent hits.

Iluminate IC Staff Writers

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Life is damn good for Tom Cruise and Paramount!

In theaters, “Top Gun: Maverick” projected to have the best Memorial Day weekend gross in perhaps 25 years. Meanwhile the original "Top Gun" is dominating this week’s VOD charts, including placing #1 at Netflix.

Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick set a new Memorial Day opening recordWith $160M+ in the boxoffice proving that big streaming and theatrical premieres can successfully co-exist without cannibalizing each other.

The hype surrounding the critically acclaimed “Top Gun: Maverick” sequel clearly drove interest in “Top Gun” — even though many reviewers hated the original flyboy flick. The 1986 movie has a 57% critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes, compared with 97% for the “Top Gun: Maverick.”

Paramount Pictures’ “Top Gun,” starring a 23-year-old Tom Cruise as hotshot Navy pilot Maverick, was the most popular streaming title for the week of May 26-June 1, according to consumer data released by Reelgood. In addition, the movie is currently No. 1 on Apple’s iTunes movie charts in the U.S.

The 1986 “Top Gun” as #1 at Netflix is a rare case of a film made before 2000 leading their movie viewing. That it ranked so high parallel to easy availability elsewhere is a testament to the profound interest in “Maverick.” It also is an unusual non-exclusive streaming entry for them.

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