Sony Pictures bosses Sanford Panitch and Josh Greenstein believe their studio deserves some credit for the stratospheric success of Top Gun: Maverick.

On a recent interview (opens in new tab) with Vulture, the duo stated that Sony’s decision to release films like Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Spider-Man: No Way Home exclusively in theaters during the pandemic paved the way for Top Gun: Maverick’s $1, 2 billion (and counting). ) at the global box office.