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 of money. BABE, THE GALLANT PIG Small budget and small prem- C- SUMMER ise: A bighearted pet pig that thinks it's a sheep- dog. Huh? TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAR C FALL No pigs, but Wesley Snipes and Patrick Swayze as drag queens? 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
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