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The Abyss (1989)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $54,243,125Details
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  5. Video Sales
  6. Cast & Crew
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Metrics

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

RecordRankAmount
All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,401-1,500) 1,477 $54,243,125
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 2,301-2,400) 2,396 $54,243,125

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.


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, First Contact, Cold War
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

RecordRankAmountChart
Date
Days In
Release
Labor Day (All Movies, 3-Day) 162 $5,532,135 Sep 1, 1989 26
Labor Day (All Movies, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 85 $12,436,905 Sep 1, 1989 26

Supporting 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

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

Production and Technical Credits

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

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records


Weekend Box Office Performance

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

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

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

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