The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Spielberg's Role: Director
US Release Date: 1997

Living up to the name in its subtitle, The Lost World: Jurassic Park has been gold from day one. The $75mill spent on the sequel to Jurassic Park was earned back in its opening weekend, as movie goers swarmed the theaters. After a three year break from directing, Spielberg still makes a powerful mark.

Steven Spielberg promised blockbuster, must see special effects and action with Jurassic Park, and he delivered. He promised large scale commercial success, and lunch box makers across the country responded. This time he is promising a sequel. He doesn't have to promise anything more.

The Lost World is based on a script by Michael Crichton (pictured), author of Jurassic Park and Twister to name a few. This movie contains much more action than the first, leaving out the explanation of how the dinosaurs came to being. The movie stars Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore.

Unlike most movies after opening weekend, The Lost World is still building momentum. Only 1 week after the $93million holiday weekend debut, the studio sold the television rights to Fox for $80million. This price will allow them to broadcast the movie 10 times in the next 10 years.

View the trailer (3.13MB MOV), or read an article from TIME "I wanted to see a T-Rex Stomping Down the Street".

Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton