‘Park’ plows to No. 2 in all-time B.O. list

Universal’s tale of prehistoric maneaters is now poised to become the second-highest-grossing film in initial release ever, with worldwide grosses in the first eight weeks now at $ 406.8 million.

Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park,” which this week claimed a place in B.O. history in the U.K. and Ireland, surpassed worldwide revenues for “Home Alone” (the third-highest-grossing film to date) and was expected to overtake “Star Wars” after Thursday night.

It still has a way to go, though, to beat Spielberg’s “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” the No. 1 film of all time, which grossed $ 640,501,037 in initial release revenues.

“Star Wars” had held the second-highest spot with $ 286,771,025, while “Home Alone” had been No. 3 with $ 285.8 million in 38 weeks.

To date, “Jurassic” has brought in $ 286.1 million at the domestic B.O. and has continued to set records in Europe and Asia. The foreign box office has reached $ 120.7 million.

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In 20 days of release on 435 prints in the U.K. and Ireland, the film made T 24.2 million ($ 36.4 million), beating the previous champ, “Ghost,” which took T 23.3 million.

Along the way, the dinopic passed “E.T.,””Crocodile Dundee” and “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” which all topped T20 million.

In its third week, “Jurassic Park’s” six-day gross of T6.2 million ($ 9.2 million), is greater than any previous film has taken in a full week, according to its overseas distrib United Intl. Pictures.

Additionally, it gobbled up $ 38.9 million in two weeks and five days in Japan; $ 10.8 million in two weeks and six days in Mexico; $ 9.1 million in five weeks and six days in Brazil; and $ 6.6 million in two weeks and five days in Taiwan.

And there are still several major territories where it has yet to open, including Germany, Sweden, Italy, Spain, France and Australia.

Dino fever has also paid off handsomely in merchandising, resulting in sales of more than 1 million dinosaur toys, 695,000 copies of Michael Crichton’s novel and more than 30,000 copies of the soundtrack album.

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