Sony Executives Are Right, Venom Paved the Way For Top Gun!
Stop the presses! Hurry. Read this. Now. In a new interview with Vulture, Sony’s Motion Picture Group presidents Sanford Panitch and Josh Greenstein explained exactly how Top Gun: Maverick made a bazillion dollars at the box office. It was solely because their studio dropped Venom: Let There Be Carnage in theaters this past October, when moviegoers were just tepidly emerging from pandemic-induced hibernation. (Top Gun: Maverick is a Paramount film, by the way.)
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Josh Greenstein: When we first started releasing movies last October, there were really no other big movies. Everyone had pushed their big movies to this year, to this summer. We took a big gamble putting Venom in theaters. Then we doubled down with Ghostbuster. Then our biggest bet was when every other tentpole had fled, we tripled down with Spider-Man—our biggest, most important piece of IP.
Sanford Panitch: There’s so much press about Top Gun right now. It’s like, The movie business is back! In a weird way, I would say Top Gun is benefitting from us taking our shot. Venom is the start of that story that allows Top Gun to do the kind of business it did. These things don’t happen overnight. It’s a seeding.
A seeding, yes! You know, I have to agree. But not in the way I think the Sony execs meant it when they said that "Venom is the start of that story that allows Top Gun to do the kind of business it did." Is it so crazy to think that moviegoers watching Tom Hardy's goofy CGI alien bumble around with Woody Harrelson's goofy CGI alien increased their appetite for a film like Top Gun: Maverick? You know, where the stunts are real, and the focus of the story is on (also real!) humans and their varying and complex emotions?
Maybe that is too crazy of a thought, and the alien symbiote is truly the reason why little-known actor Tom Cruise was able to carry a blockbuster film. Yeah. Let's roll with that.
From: Esquire US