Released: June 13, 1997
Budget: $110,000,000 (estimated)
Domestic Opening Weekend: $16,158,942
Domestic Gross: $48,068,396
There’s a tender moment at the end of the 1994 blockbuster Speed, in which Sandra Bullock (as Annie, a loyal patron of the Los Angeles public transit system) and Keanu Reeves (as square-jawed Officer Jack Traven) discuss their brush with death and their mutual attraction:
Jack: I have to warn you, I’ve heard relationships based on intense experiences never work.
Annie: O.K. We’ll have to base it on sex then.
Jack: Whatever you say, ma’am.
Folks, this is why you should always listen to Keanu Reeves. By 1997, when Speed 2: Cruise Control hit theaters, Annie was already with another man: Jason Patric (as square-jawed L.A.P.D. officer Alex Shaw). But Shaw is deep undercover, and doesn’t tell Annie about his job. Once she finds out he has lied, Shaw tries to make it up to her with a trip to the Bahamas. En route, inevitably, a psycho passenger takes control of their ship’s computer system. Audiences, no doubt wondering what the heck happened to Keanu Reeves, let alone the bus, stayed away in droves. The movie ended up grossing just $16 million in its first weekend.
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