TABLE: Universal's Pipeline: Hardly a Gusher
FILM CHANCES RELEASE
CASPER Spielberg uses Jurassic Park-type technology B MAY 26
to bring ghosts to life. But a good ghost won't scare
up enough merchandise business to make this a blockbuster.
APOLLO 13 With two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks in B+ JUNE 30
this NASA disaster flick, word of mouth will be strong.
WATERWORLD With a $175 million price tag and D JULY
Costner's bad vibes abounding, this Titanic in the
making could be a blockbuster and still lose buckets
BABE, THE GALLANT PIG Small budget and small prem- C- SUMMER
ise: A bighearted pet pig that thinks it's a sheep-
TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAR C FALL
No pigs, but Wesley Snipes and Patrick Swayze as
CLOCKERS Spike Lee takes on the drug scene. Spike is C+ FALL
the champion of hype, but his flicks rarely fill seats.
SUDDEN DEATH Jean-Claude Van Damme is likely to A FALL
kickbox his way to a small fortune in this one.
CASINO Scorsese's tale gf '70s Vegas. With Sharon B FALL
Stone, Robert DeNiro, and Joe Pesci, could be the
best-looking mobster flick this side of Goodfellas.
BALTO Spielberg animation. This tale of a heroic C- FALL
Alaskan sled dog should have more bite than his
We're Back miscue. Still, even Spielberg ain't Disney.
DATA: BUSINESS WEEK