PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.
Good morning, James. How are you feeling?
Jim Preston: Wait. What?
Wake-up Hologram: It's perfectly normal to feel confused. You just spent 120 years in suspended animation.
Jim Preston: What?
Wake-up Hologram: It's okay, James.
Jim Preston: It's Jim.
Wake-up Hologram: Jim.
If Homestead Company made eight quadrillion dollars from its first planet, that is a poor rate of return. Considering the distances involved, it would take centuries to even begin to realise any significant return, while investing capital on earth over a long period can easily give big returns. If the company had invested 66 billion dollars at 5% over 240 years (the expected minimum journey time to Homestead II and back - ignoring time dilation, which would greatly increase the period), they would have made the same amount of money. The question is: did the _Avalon_ cost more or less than 66 billion dollars? It seems reasonable to assume that it cost far more. NB. it makes almost no difference if the spaceship is reusable; the replacement cost is tiny compared with the expected profit.
$14,869,736 (USA) (25 December 2016)
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