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STEVEN SPIELBERG'S 'JURASSIC PARK' SMASHES WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE RECORD

 Director's Latest Film for Universal Pictures Surpasses
 Long-Standing Record Held by His `E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial'
 UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Steven Spielberg's "Jurrasic Park" this weekend passed the $701 million mark in domestic and international revenues, breaking the worldwide box office record previously held by his own "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial."
 With grosses in the United States and Canada of $325,734,675 and international grosses of $378,971,477, worldwide tickets sales of the Universal Pictures release have reached $704,706,152 in 115 days (as of Sunday, Oct. 3).
 "Films of this stature come along only once in a decade," said Tom Pollack, chairman of the MCA Motion Picture Group. "The overwhelming popularity of `Jurassic Park' has made it a cultural phenomenon around the world. We offer our congratulations to Steven Spielberg and everyone who worked to make this film a reality."
 In its initial release by Universal in 1982, "E.T." grossed $359.2 million domestically and $281.3 million overseas for a total $640.5 million. During its re-release in 1985, the total reached $399.8 million in the United States and Canada and $301.6 million internationally, for a combined $701.4 million worldwide.
 Since its domestic opening on June 11, "Jurassic Park" has set box office records around the world. In the United States and Canada, it achieved the biggest opening weekend ($50.2 million) and largest single day ($17.6 million) in motion picture history. The film passed the $100 million mark in nine days -- another all time record.
 Released overseas by United International Picture, "Jurassic Park" has become the most successful film of all time in virtually every market it has opened in around the world. These include:
 -- In Japan, a cumulative $107.5 million in 79 days.
 -- In the United Kingdom, a total $67.2 million in 80 days.
 -- In Hong Kong, $8 million in 67 days.
 The film has also become the all-time No. 1 release in Mexico, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.
 "Jurassic Park" has consistently topped opening weekend records as well:
 -- In Japan, $8.4 million in a 2-day weekend on 237 screens.
 -- In the United Kingdom, $7.5 million in a 3-day weekend on 434 screens.
 -- In Germany, $10.5 million in 4 days on 649 screens.
 -- In Italy, $6 million in 3 days on 344 screens.
 -- In Australia, $3.6 million in 4 days on 192 screens.
 -- In Mexico, $8.4 million in a 2-day weekend on 179 screens.
 The film also broke opening weekend records in Portugal and the Netherlands and is still yet to open in such major markets as France and Spain.
 From Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures, "Jurassic Park" is based on Michael Crichton's best-selling novel and stars Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, and Richard Attenborough. In the movie, dinosaurs are genetically re-created for the ultimate theme park. The adventure begins in wonder and excitement but soon takes a tense, suspenseful turn as the park's safety system is undermined and the dinosaurs break out of their carefully constructed environment.
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