Actually that is the budget AFTER Paramount cut it drastically and left Shatner virtually nothing to work with.
why did they cut the budget.why did they sabotage shatner's effort.why would a studio shoot itself in the foot?
st4 made a lot of money so it would seem reasonable they would do their best for the next film to build on the success of the previous one.
yet they seemed to have set out to destroy/sabotage their own product.
this has never been fully explored or explained.could paramount people in charge at the time be interviewed to get the truth?