Released: July 28, 1995
Estimated Budget: $175 million
Domestic Opening Weekend: $21,171,780
There are plenty of things $175 million can buy, but commercial success is not one of them. At the time of its production, Waterworld set a record for most expensive movie ever made (although it would be surpassed two years later by Titanic). But poor reception and bad reviews led to box-office revenues of only $88.2 million. Apparently no one wanted to watch a movie about a postapocalyptic world in which Kevin Costner has gills. Upon seeing the film, Roger Ebert said he didn’t loathe it but he “couldn’t quite recommend it.” This came from a man who liked Speed 2: Cruise Control.
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