Happy Birthday Jurassic Park

Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Michael Crichton‘s similarly titled novel, turns 18 today.

June 11th, 1993, Jurassic Park was released in theaters. Internationally Jurassic Park brought in over $914 million worldwide, topping box office records until the release of James Cameron’s Titanic out-grossed Jurassic Park in 1997. To this day, Jurassic Park is the 15th highest grossing film of all time, [source: IMDB]

Jurassic Park had a budget of $64 million dollars, yet Universal “sparred no expense” and spent $1 million more on a separate marketing campaign.

Two sequels, a handful of video games, a theme park, and more dinosaur toys than you could wag a spiked tail at, Jurassic Park is one of the most memorable franchises from the 90’s.

The music for the movie is largely responsible for keeping Jurassic Park alive in the back of our heads. The opening notes of John Williams’Jurassic Park Theme” should slide a grin across every movie-geeks face. John Williams is one of the few cinematic conductors who can create a theme song that will randomly find itself stuck in your head for a day or two.

I was three years old when Jurassic Park came out, but I remember it being one of the first “grown-up” movies my parents let me watch since I was so into dinosaurs when I was a kid. Without ruining anything for the three of you who have not seen Jurassic Park yet, I will simply say the Velociraptor scene that took place in the kitchen used to make me afraid to go into my garage alone…let alone play in the woods.

Thanks to Steven Spielberg every time I see a vibration ripple across the water in my water bottle I tense up, debating if I should make a run for it, but then I remember that Tyrannosaur vision is based on movement, so I take a deep breath and wait.

Steven Spielberg, saving people from Tyrannosaurs since 1993.

As for Jurassic Park 4, director Joe Johnston claimed that once Captain America: The First Avenger was finished, that JP4 would be his next project. So, with Captain America coming out next month, we might be hearing about Jurassic Park 4 any day now.

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