Venom 2 Deserves Some Top Gun 2 Box Office Credit, Says Sony Boss

Sony executives say their decision to release Venom: Let There Be Carnage and other films in 2021 contributed to the success of Top Gun: Maverick.

Sony executives think Venom: let there be carnage and other films released by the studio deserve some credit for Top Gun: Maverickbox office success. Originally slated for release in May 2020, Top Gun: Maverick has been delayed multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It finally opened on May 27 and has been a runaway success ever since. It became the highest-grossing film of 2022, the highest-grossing film of Tom Cruise’s career, and surpassed Titanicto become Paramount Pictures’ most successful film of all time. Top Gun 2 has earned $1.22 billion worldwide to date.


It’s an amazing story at the box office, especially because just a year ago there was a question of whether theatrical cinema would ever return to pre-pandemic heights. 2021 has been a testing ground for movies to return to theaters and an attempt to keep the theater experience alive. One of the surprise winners of 2021 was Sony Pictures, as in the last three months of the year they had a winning streak with Venom: let there be carnage in October, Ghostbusters: Afterlife in November, and Spider-Man: No Coming Home in December. Spider-Man: No Coming Home is the highest-grossing film since theaters closed in March 2020, with Top Gun: Maverick just behind.

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Yet despite all the praise and attention Sony has received for Spider-Man: No Coming Home incredible box office run, it seems studio executives think they deserve more praise for Paramount’s record-breaking run Top Gun: Maverick. By speaking with VultureSony’s Motion Picture Group presidents Sanford Panitch and Josh Greenstein highlight how they tried to release movies in 2021 when most studios postponed their titles until summer 2022. Read the quotes below:

Josh Greenstein: When we started releasing movies last October, there really weren’t any other great movies. Everyone had pushed their big films to this year, to this summer. We took a big gamble putting Venom in theaters. Then we doubled down with Ghostbusters. Then our biggest bet was that when all the other tentpoles had leaked, we tripled with Spider-Man – our biggest and most important piece of IP.

Sanford Panitch: There’s so much press on Top Gun right now. It’s like the movie industry is back! In a weird way, I would say Top Gun is taking advantage of our shot. Venom is the beginning of this story that allows Top Gun to do the kind of business it did. These things don’t happen overnight. It is a sowing.

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Sony Pictures was definitely the 2021 box office king. Venom: let there be carnage opened with $90.1 million to become the biggest opening weekend after the COVID-19 shutdown, only to be surpassed by their own film, Spider-Man: No Coming Home, just two months later. There were plenty of other movies that showed audiences were ready to hit theaters in 2021, like Disney’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsUniversal F9and Warner Bros. Dunes. However, while Sony was selling movies like Paternity and Hotel Transylvania: Transformania to other streamers (because they don’t have any themselves), Sony was very focused on getting their biggest properties into theaters.

However, to say that Sony deserves credit for this Top Gun: Maverick doing now might be a stretch. The Cruise-led film operates in a very different market, and its status as a legacy sequel has helped attract audiences of all ages. Sony certainly helped create a box office sensation when the industry badly needed it, but Top Gun: Maverick does amazing business on its own merits. Both of these things may be true. Whereas Top Gun: Maverick gets all the headlines it deserves, movies like Spider-Man: No Coming Home and Venom: let there be carnage will certainly be looked upon fondly as reminders that the death of the theatrical experience has been greatly exaggerated.

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Source: Vulture

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