‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Jaws’ Back Again As Box Office Champs

What’s old is new again. Jurassic Park (first released in 1993) and Jaws (released in 1975) dominated the box office this Father’s Day weekend, coming in No. 1 and No. 2 for the three-day period.

Both Universal Pictures blockbusters were re-released for the weekend  and bounced another horror movie–The Invisible Man–from the throne, as reported by Deadline.

The numbers tell the tale. Jurassic Park led the box office parade, taking in $517,600 at 230 theaters, with Jaws hot on its dino-heels, grossing $516,300 at 187 sites. The Invisible Man had another strong showing as well, coming in third with $201,300 in receipts.

Jurassic Park also was the box office king for its first three weekends following its June 11, 1993 debut. The classic film was re-released for the first time over the April 5-7, 2013 weekend, and posted a fourth-place finish, bringing $18.6 million into theater tills.

Of the new titles that hit theaters last weekend and made the Top 10 list, another horror film–Followed from Atlas Entertainment–came in No. 7, grossing $127,200 at 42 locations.

Followed–directed by Antoine Le and starring Sam Valentine, Tim Drier, Karan Sagoo, John Savage and Blanca Blanco–deals with “a controversial social media influencer who stays at a cursed hotel to terrifying results, only so that he can get more subscribers,” according to the official synopsis.

Drive-ins continue to power the movie business now, but with several large chains planning to reopen next month, be sure to keep reading Horror News Network to find out which movies are in the next batch of box office leaders.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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