Did ‘A Quiet Place’ Just Save Paramount Pictures’ Year?

We’re going to guess Jim Gianopulos knew he’d have a rocky slate on his hands when he agreed to take over Paramount Pictures as Chairman and CEO almost a year ago, but he couldn’t have imagined it would be as dire as it actually turned out to be.

The former Chairman of 20th Century Fox found a studio that had arguably just two real tentpoles set for the next 18 months (“Transformers: The Last Knight,” “Mission: Impossible-Fallout”), a rare Dwayne Johnson comedy that no one would be interested in (“Baywatch”), a terrible horror sequel that had been on the shelf forever (“Rings”), a comedy sequel with the still-problematic Mel Gibson (the barely profitable “Daddy’s Home 2”) and three prestige flicks from acclaimed directors that shockingly had no real potential to break out (“Downsizing,” “Suburbicon” and “Mother!

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