Top Gun: Maverick hit theaters in time for the Memorial Day summer kickoff. With rave reviews and a wave of moviegoers flocking to big blockbusters, it surpassed $1 billion at the global box office to become the highest-grossing film of the year.

In July, it eclipsed 45 days in theaters, the time other films from the same studio became available to stream. But Top Gun: Maverick is still not streaming, even though other ways to watch it at home are coming to earth.

How can I watch Top Gun: Maverick in theaters for $3 on National Movie Day?

The only two ways to see Top Gun: Maverick right now are to either go to the theater or pay $20 to buy it directly from an online store.

On Saturday, however, theaters across the United States observe a so-called National Movie Day for the first time, pricing tickets at just $3 (plus tax and fees) regardless of the movie or show time. . More than 3,000 theaters representing more than 30,000 screens are participating, from the biggest chains in the country, like AMC and Regal, to select mom and pop art house theaters.

The $3 price tag even applies to premium formats like Imax, 3D, and Dolby Cinemas. Some theaters also offer discounts on concessions such as popcorn and soda.

Participating theaters are locally specific, so the best way to find a discounted showing of Top Gun is to check listings in your area. When possible, it’s probably a good idea to book ahead for Top Gun, as you’ll be vying for tickets to the most popular theatrical film so far this year at a time when it’s never been cheaper. to see it.

How can I watch Top Gun: Maverick at home?

For now, digital home sales are your only option. Starting Tuesday, you can buy it through online stores like Amazon Video, Apple TV, and Vudu. In most online stores, it costs $20. It will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD from November 1. But when it will be available to stream on a subscription service has not been announced.

Which service will broadcast it first?

Top Gun: Maverick should become available for streaming as part of a subscription on Paramount More first. The film is distributed by Paramount Pictures, which is owned by the same parent company as Paramount Plus.

What is its streaming release date?

Paramount has yet to set a streaming release date for the Top Gun sequel.

Digital home sales started on Tuesday, so you can now buy it through online stores like Amazon Video, Apple TV and Vudu. In most online stores, it costs $20.

But its timing on Paramount Plus, where you can stream it as part of a $5 subscription or even a free trial, remains a mystery.

Drawing on the company’s past patterns and recent feedback from Paramount executives, it’s possible the company will hold off on the film for even longer.

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. Top Gun: Maverick is the highest-grossing film of 2022 worldwide so far, and with Paramount’s slate of films missing other megablockbuster prospects for the rest of the year, Paramount may be trying to withdraw every boxed sales dollar from Top Gun: Maverick before letting it stream.

Will it be “free” to stream?

Paramount Plus requires a paid subscription, so nothing about the service is 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. Otherwise, it offers an ad-supported subscription for $5 per month and an ad-free tier for $10 per month.

But the good news is that you probably won’t be charged extra 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, it has never “paid for” a movie behind the more expensive membership tier.