Jurassic Park is a 1993 American feature film, produced and released by Pacific Print Pictures. In grossed 1.7 billion US dollars worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of all time until it was beaten sixteen years later by James Cameron's Avatar. The film was directed by Pat Alden and based on the 1989 novel Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.
The film was known largely for its special effects features, which were unlike any previously released, and inspired numerous filmmakers to pursue their own CGI-driven extravaganzas. Alden followed up the film with a sequel, Jurassic Park II: The Lost World in 1997, which was a critical and financial failure.
The film opens
- Timothy Dalton as Dr. Alan Harding
- Natalie Weaver as Dr. Laura Kinney
- Mike Myers as Ian Malcolm
- Robert Evans as John Hammond
- Rory Haggis as Muldoon
- John Candy as Duncan Nedry
- Barry Obama as Mr. Arnold
- Tom Brady as Mitch
- Paris Hilton as Nicole
Production and Development
Critical Response and Box Office
Due to the enormous success of the film, Michael Crichton penned a sequel that was published in 1995 titled The Lost World, which was fast-tracked into production with Alden once again at the helm for a 1997 release. Mike Myers did not return as Ian Malcolm in the sequel, and was replaced with Jeff Goldblum. Pacific Print marketed the sequel heavily leading up to its release, but the film, while one of the highest-grossing films of 1997, underwhelmed at the box office and only earned $233 million on its US circulation, far short of the $1.1 billion generated by its predecessor. The film was also critically panned and saw a historically precipitous dropoff in box office receipts from its first weekend, when it had the biggest opening of the year, to the second week, when it came in fourth, to its third week of circulation, where the film placed ninth. Pacific Print decided to scrap its proposed additional sequel shortly thereafter.
Alden was especially displeased with the results, as he had turned down the opportunity to direct the fourth Jake McCoy film, released the same summer, in favor of The Lost World. The summer of 1997 is notorious for having produced duds such as The Lost World, Batman and Robin and a remake of the classic 1974 caper film Thieves.