‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Could Become Paramount’s Biggest Hit in a Decade

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Could Become Paramount’s Biggest Hit in a Decade
It was a year ago that Paramount jolted the early stages of the Covid box office rebuilding process with “A Quiet Place — Part II.” This Memorial Day weekend, it is set to do it again with Skydance’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” a film that could become the studio’s biggest box office hit since the heyday of the “Transformers” franchise a decade ago. As that Hasbro series saw its numbers decline in the latter half of the 2010s, Paramount became more reliant on Tom Cruise and his “Mission: Impossible” films to deliver the big bucks while the studio developed new franchises like “A Quiet Place” and “Sonic the Hedgehog.” Since 2015, the only Paramount release to top both 200 million domestic and 500 million worldwide was “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” in 2018, also giving Cruise his highest opening weekend with 61 million. But “Top Gun: Maverick” could blow by all those records. While the film is
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