‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Cements Paramount’s White-Hot Box Office Winning Streak

After a rough pandemic, the studio has turned five very different films with different budget levels into hits

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After a very rough road through the pandemic filled with leadership changes and offloading of films to streaming services, Paramount has turned the first half of 2022 into its most successful run at the box office in years, culminating in the record-breaking opening of “Top Gun: Maverick.”

A lot of ink has and will continue to be used on the Memorial Day record $156 million opening for Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun” sequel, a result which is also second only to “Iron Man 2” for the largest opening in Paramount’s history. But that’s just the latest in a five-month period during which the studio steered four other films to box office success: “Scream,” “Jackass Forever,” “The Lost City” and “Sonic the Hedgehog 2”

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jeremyfuster