When the Jurassic Park movie came out in 1993, people mixed feelings about having a park with free-roaming dinosaurs. Luckily for us, we’re probably dozens of years away from actually cloning these giant reptiles from their fossils. The merchandise is real. Here’s how much the ticket at Hammond’s Jurassic Park would cost:
If you were to buy a ticket to Hammond’s Jurrasic Park in the 1993 movie, it would cost you $550 for a three-day pass. While it might be eons before we can clone dinosaurs from fossils, a real park with animatronic dinosaurs would cost less.
Would You Go to Jurassic Park for $550?
If you ever wondered if a trip to the fictional Jurassic Park is worth it, just think about this. You get to see real dinosaurs with a 3-day stay at the park. At $550, that seems like a steal! While you might end up paying for more than just that for food and souvenirs, at least we had an idea where to start.
John Hammond never got to enjoy a fully functional park with dinosaurs in the film. Everything went wrong before the opening. And he was unequivocal that the park wasn’t about the money. He wanted to share the beauty of these creatures with the world. While this may be his train of thought, his lawyers and the partners saw it as an ingenious money-making machine. They even said that they could charge anything, and people will pay to see them. (Source: Movie Web)
The Production of the Film
The first installment of the Jurassic Park film was released in 1993. The film was directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald Molen. The film was based on a novel of the same name written by Michael Crichton. Fun fact, before Crichton’s work was even published, several studios already put bids for the rights to the film. Universal Studios backed Spielberg up, and he was able to acquire rights before the publication in 1990. It cost Universal a total of $2 million for the rights and hiring Crichton to re-write the novel into a screenplay. (Source: All Movie)
Where Did They Shoot The Film?
The movie was shot in California and Hawaii. It took production only four months to film. However, post-production lasted for six months. During this time, Spielberg was also working on his other film Schindler’s List. He had to supervise the post-production all the way from Poland. (Source: All Movie)
How Were the Dinosaurs on the Movie Made?
Sadly, there are no dinosaurs we can train to act in the film. The production had to work with computer-generated imagery (CGI) and life-sized animatronics. The CGI was done by Industrial Light and Magic, an American visual effects company founded by George Lucas. And the animatronics were built by Stan Wilson’s team. (Source: All Movie)
How Well Did The Movie Do?
Jurassic Park was the highest-grossing film released at the time. It surpassed another one of Spielberg’s works, ET the Extra-Terrestrial, which was released in 1982.
The budget for the film is estimated at $63 million. On the opening weekend in the US and Canada, the film was able to earn about $47 million. They finally grossed at $1 billion. The film was a huge success, and it gathered so much interest in dinosaurs that the study of paleontology noted an increase in enrollees.
As we know, the movie went on to create an entire franchise with a first trilogy and more recent films. (Source: IMDB)