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The Abyss (1989)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $54,243,125Details
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  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Cast & Crew
  6. Trailer

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
89% - Certified Fresh
Audience
83% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists


Movie Details

Production Budget:$70,000,000
Domestic Releases: August 9th, 1989 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and some scenes of action (Special Edition)
Running Time: 140 minutes
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Keywords: Underwater
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Action
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Companies: 20th Century Fox
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 837 $1,512,309 Sep 22, 1989 47
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 929 $2,150,879 Sep 15, 1989 40
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,066 $2,865,779 Sep 8, 1989 33
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 775 $5,532,135 Sep 1, 1989 26
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,513 $4,734,287 Aug 25, 1989 19
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,528 $7,213,102 Aug 18, 1989 12
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,922 $9,319,797 Aug 11, 1989 5
Widest Opening Weekend 2,822 1,533 Aug 11, 1989 5

Cast

Ed Harris    Virgil "Bud" Brigman
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio    Lindsey Brigman
Michael Biehn    Lt. Hiram Coffey
Leo Burmester    Catfish De Vries
Todd Graff    Alan 'Hippy' Carnes
John Bedford Lloyd    Jammer Willis
J.C. Quinn    Arliss 'Sonny' Dawson
Kimberly Scott    Lisa 'One Night' Standing
Captain Kidd Brewer, Jr.    Lew Finler
George Robert Klek    Wilhite
Christopher Murphy    Schoenick
Adam Nelson    Ensign Monk
Richard Warlock    Dwight Perry
Jimmie Ray Weeks    Leland McBride
J. Kenneth Campbell    DeMarco
Ken Jenkins    Gerard Kirkhill
Chris Elliott    Bendix
Peter Ratray    Captain
Michael Beach    Barnes
Brad Sullivan    Executive
Frank Lloyd    Navigator
Phillip Darlington    Crew Member
Joseph Nemec III    Crew Member
Joe Farago    Anchorman
William Wisher    Bill Tyler

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    James Cameron
Producer    Gale Anne Hurd
Director of Photography    Mikael Salomon
Production Designer    Leslie Dilley
Composer    Alan Silvestri
Assistant Director    Robin Oliver
Assistant Director    Stephen J. Fisher
Assistant Director    Newt Arnold
Production Manager    Charles Skouras III
Supervising Art Director    Peter Childs
Art Director    Russell Christian
Art Director    Joseph Nemec III
Set Decorator    Anne Kuljian
Underwater Photography    Al Giddings
Visual Effects Supervisor    John Bruno
Visual Effects Supervisor    Dennis Muren
Visual Effects Supervisor    Hoyt Yeatman
Visual Effects Designer    Dennis Skotak
Costume Designer    Deborah Everton
Costume Supervisor    Deena Appel
Editor    Joel Goodman
Co-Editor    Howard Smith
Co-Editor    Conrad Buff
Sound Mixer    Lee Orloff
Re-recording Mixer    Don Bassman
Re-recording Mixer    Kevin F. Cleary
Re-recording Mixer    Richard Overton
Re-recording Mixer    Kevin E. Carpenter
Supervising Sound Editor    Dody Dorn
Sound Editor    John Hoeren
Sound Editor    Peter Michael Sullivan
Sound Editor    Michael Dressel
Sound Editor    Stuart Copley
Sound Editor    Sarah Rothenberg
Sound Designer    Blake Leyh
Music Editor    Kenneth Karman
Hairstylist    Emanuel Millar
Casting Director    Howard Feuer
Stunt Coordinator    Richard Warlock

The shaded area represents the expected performance range for a film, based on its opening weekend box office. 95% of films fall within the shaded area. If a film trends towards the top end of the shaded area, it has good legs compared to the average film; if it trends towards the bottom end of the shaded area, it has poor legs. The predictive area is based on movies from the past 5 years.

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1989/08/11 2 $9,319,797   1,533 $6,079   $13,027,411 5
1989/08/18 3 $7,213,102 -23% 1,538 $4,690   $24,745,404 12
1989/08/25 3 $4,734,287 -34% 1,525 $3,104   $32,963,185 19
1989/09/01 3 $5,532,135 +17% 1,532 $3,611   $40,726,991 26
1989/09/08 5 $2,865,779 -48% 1,498 $1,913   $44,540,211 33
1989/09/15 7 $2,150,879 -25% 1,361 $1,580   $47,594,385 40
1989/09/22 8 $1,512,309 -30% 1,176 $1,286   $49,710,458 47

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1989/08/11 2 $13,824,688   1,533 $9,018   $17,532,302 9
1989/08/18 3 $10,696,596 -23% 1,538 $6,955   $28,228,898 16
1989/08/25 3 $6,965,958 -35% 1,525 $4,568   $35,194,856 23
1989/09/01 3 $6,479,576 -7% 1,532 $4,229   $41,674,432 30
1989/09/08 5 $3,769,074 -42% 1,498 $2,516   $45,443,506 37
1989/09/15 7 $2,754,643 -27% 1,361 $2,024   $48,198,149 44