Sony Pictures Bosses Say ‘Venom 2’ Paved The Way For Success Of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Venom 2 got people back in movie theaters!

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Two Sony Pictures bosses have claimed that the huge box office success of Top Gun: Maverick was in fact standing on the shoulders of Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

It may feel like a lifetime since film studios were delaying or canceling their theatrical releases due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but it hasn’t been long since normality resumed in movie theaters. Many major movies, Top Gun: Maverick amongst them, had releases pushed back to this year in hopes people would be more comfortable heading back into theaters.

However, ahead of this year’s spate of blockbuster releases, Sony started putting films back out in theaters towards the end of last year and it was Venom: Let There Be Carnage that got the ball rolling.

‘Venom 2’ Was Sony’s ‘Big Gamble’

During a recent interview with Vulture, Sanford Panitch and Josh Greenstein spoke about the decision to release Venom: Let There Be Carnage in October 2021 and the studio’s continued string of theatrical releases that followed in Venom‘s footsteps.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage opened to a $90 million debut, following a release that the Sony bosses describe as a “gamble” in light of the uncertainty around theatrical releases at the time.

However, now normality has been restored and people are flocking back to theaters, with Top Gun: Maverick having so far raked in $1.2 billion worldwide. Speaking about how Venom: Let There Be Carnage‘s release led the charge back to the movies, Josh Greenstein said:

“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 Ghostbusters. Then our biggest bet was when every other tentpole had fled, we tripled down with Spider-Man — our biggest, most important piece of IP.”

Expanding on this and touching on the restoration of blockbuster movies making blockbuster profits, Sanford Panitch added:

“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.”

Sony Pictures wasn’t the only studio returning to theatrical releases prior to 2022 – Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings came out a month earlier than the Venom sequel, in September 2021. However, Sony’s commitment to theatrical releases clearly had a part to play in getting moviegoers back into theaters.

Here is the synopsis for Venom: Let There Be Carnage:

Tom Hardy returns to the big screen as the lethal protector Venom, one of MARVEL’S greatest and most complex characters. In search of his next big story, journalist Eddie Brock lands an exclusive interview with convicted murderer and death row inmate Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson), who discovers Eddie’s secret and becomes the host for Carnage, a menacing and terrifying symbiote.

Directed by Andy Serkis from a script written by Kelly Marcel, the film stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Reid Scott, Stephen Graham, and Woody Harrelson.

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Source: Vulture