“Okay-19: The Widowmaker” wasn’t the perfect submarine film ever made — the truth is, it was arguably a fairly disappointing film throughout the board, particularly when it comes to its financials. All in all, the movie ended up making $65 million globally, $30 million of which got here from the worldwide field workplace and $35 million from home gross sales. Meaning on a funds of $100 million (different estimates have that quantity at $90 million), “Okay-19: The Widowmaker” was a licensed flop.
However why? Harrison Ford had been a bankable star up till that time. Who would not wish to see him being Harrison Ford on a submarine? Effectively, apparently fairly lots of people, particularly internationally, the place the movie struggled to interrupt the $2 million mark in any market apart from Spain or Japan, the place it made $2.7 million and $9.8 million, respectively.
In the USA, issues had been dangerous from the beginning, with “Okay-19” bringing in a dismal $12.7 million on its opening weekend — effectively beneath the $25 million that some, together with Leisure Weekly, had been predicting on the time. The movie got here in fourth on its debut weekend, opening behind “Highway To Perdition,” “Stuart Little 2,” and “Males In Black II,” the latter of which had already been out for 3 weeks. (It did, at the least, handle to beat the debut of “Eight Legged Freaks.”)