Chinese audiences marveled at Steven Spielberg's dinosaur-romping classic from the early 1990's this week: Jurassic Park 3D earned almost $30 million in worldwide revenue in a single week. A Yahoo News story says the increased revenue will greatly benefit the film, which is already coming to the end of its summer run in western theaters.
The Hollywood Reporter has more: Jurassic Park 3D's China debut turned out at $28.8 million alone, proving that 3D re-releases are a sought-after commodity in the market of Chinese filmgoers, unlike some other parts of the world.
Reuters via the CS Monitor breaks down the numbers: after 11 foreign markets raised $30 million for Universal, the film's complete international haul came out to around $44.5 million, with the re-release netting Universal Studios a cool $90 million in revenue. These numbers do not take into account areas that Jurassic Park 3D hasn't even opened in yet, like Germany.
The original Jurassic Park was never played in China, although when it did get released it took in a worldwide total just $30 million shy of $1 billion. The Inquisitr notes that, with the 3D re-release's bombing Chinese box office, the film has officially become a part of the "$1 billion club" and is, coincidentally, both the 17th film to break through the billion dollar ceiling and number 17 on the all-time highest grossing films list.
Blasting off and leaving previous Spielberg epics (E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial) in the dust, the Jurassic Park franchise would, after The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park 3, leave the series grossing almost $2 billion worldwide.
If you are interested in the finer details of Jurassic Park, like what parts the filmmakers and 3D artists got right and wrong, a paleontologist writing for the Telegraph has an excellent article that starts quite similarly as the film: at an archaeological dig, with scientists excavating for dinosaur bones.
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