Whether it’s nostalgia or cabin fever due to COVID-19, Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park has taken over the top spot in the weekend box office from last week’s leader, Blumhouse’s The Invisible Man. As reported by Deadline, it seems that interest is waning in the most recent releases for cinema classics. The distressed industry saw holdovers like The Hunt and The Invisible Man lead the box office with Universal’s family feature Trolls: World Tour sitting at number 1 for 9 straight weekends. But with states slowly re-opening and theaters around the country unlocking their doors, a lack of new releases has created a desperate need for content. This need has been filled by classic films like Back to the Future, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, and this week’s leader Jurassic Park.
The theater industry is likely hoping this kick of nostalgia lasts as long as possible, or at least until the release of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. The Nolan film will serve as a litmus test for many studios to gauge the public’s interest in returning to the theater. According to the Washington Post, Nolan himself has been adamant in his wishes to release Tenet in theaters and his love and support for the theater industry as a whole.
Having dominated the year way back in 1993, it should come as no surprise that Jurassic Park would be a draw now that it’s back in theaters, giving some fans a chance to see Rexy on the big screen for the first time. But filling the theaters with cinema classics also serves as an almost best-of tournament. Pitting the likes of Jurassic Park, Raiders, Jaws, Back to the Future, and The Goonies against each other in the box office likely settled many debates between cine-files across the country.
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