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A whole lot of moviegoers got their souls swallowed this weekend at theaters. "Evil Dead," the remake of Sam Raimi's horror classic, made $26 million this weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. The take was considered a win for TriStar and Sony because of the relatively low cost of producing Fede Alvarez's reimagining, $17 million.
The rest of the top four performed moderately well. The other debut of the week, "Jurassic Park 3-D," made $18 million, bringing the all-time total for the Steven Spielberg classic to $378 million. The 3-D update of the blockbuster fared better than some other recent conversions, like "Star Wars - Episode I: The Phantom Menace" and "Top Gun."
Head over to MTV News for your full box office recap.
By Tara Fowler
One of my earliest memories is going to see "Jurassic Park" with my father (my parents didn't believe in little things called "ratings restrictions"). I don't remember much of the actual movie from the T. rex attack on because I spent it with my arms wrapped around my dad's neck staring at the back of the theater.
And yet, despite traumatizing my 4-year-old self, "Jurassic Park" has since managed to become one of my favorite movies (and books) of all time. In honor of this weekend's 3D re-release, I've cobbled together seven facts about the film. Read on, dinosaur aficionados!
Twenty years ago, "Jurassic Park" opens in theaters and took a gigantic bite out of pop culture. To celebrate the anniversary, the film will opens once again this weekend, but this time in 3-D.
In the wake of "Jurassic Park's" initial release, dozens of films and TV shows have reference the most memorable parts of the movie in ways to numerous to count. We have, however, rounded up just a few of them as a reminder of how much impact "Jurassic Park" had.
Check out the video collection after the jump!
A very dedicated redditor noticed that there are two cases of "nature finding a way" in "Jurassic Park."
Also, watch "Back to the Future" in 60 seconds in today's Dailies!
You'll probably be thinking many things while you watch this behind-the-scenes footage of tests for the "Jurassic Park" raptor suit, but we guarantee you'll free of free running with that costume on yourself. Oh, and for that badass raptor dream you have tonight: you're welcome.
Also, Ryan Gosling is just a baby maple leaf and Westeros finally gets some property cartology in today's Dailies!
The "Jurassic Park" series has always been a cash cow, and for that reason, it seems like there has always been an ongoing attempt to bring it back to the screen for a fourth iteration. Scripts for a new entry have come and gone without ever seeing the light of day outside some production meetings, but one got further along than we ever knew.
In 2005, "The Departed" writer William Monahan and John Sayles collaborated on a script for "Jurassic Park 4" that involved DNA experiments gone awry. These tests resulted in monstrous human-dino hybrids that—well, what else?—break free and cause chaos. But these hybrids didn't get the intellect of the dinosaurs. They were intelligent enough to fire guns and problem-solve.
The idea didn't make it too far, but it did generate some concept art from ILM designer Carlos Huante. The mock-ups are perhaps the most interesting aspect of this story and show what could have been.
Check out some of the concept art (via Reddit) after the jump!
Had things gone a little differently in life, James Cameron could have directed "Jurassic Park" instead of Steven Spielberg.
The "Avatar" director let that bomb drop during a conversation with Huffington Post at an event at the recently-opened Titanic Museum in Belfast. Apparently Spielberg had purchased the rights to "Jurassic Park" only hours before Cameron tried to, meaning he had the daunting task of bringing Michael Crichton's novel to the big screen.
The rest, as they say, is history, but we couldn't resist listing off some of the ways Cameron's take on the story would have made the movie very, very different.
A picture from Facebook gave us first look at a crow-less Johnny Depp as Tonto in "The Lone Ranger." Also, learn about the spy tech in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and when you can expect to see Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" in today's Dailies.
» Leonardo DiCaprio will star in the adaptation of Dennis Lehane's book "Live By Night." [Deadline]
» If you want to find out more about the spy tech behind "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," here's an interview with Dale Shelton, the technical consultant for the movie. [ComingSoon.net]
Today is a great day for Blu-Ray collectors! The "Jurassic Park" trilogy is now available in all its dino-tastic, awesome old school special effects glory. It's hard to believe that the original "Jurassic Park" came out almost 20 years ago, I remember the trauma/delight of that moviegoing experience like it was yesterday...
To celebrate this excellent event, MTV News was lucky enough to catch up with a few of the film's key players: Ariana Richards (aka Lex) and the multiple award-winning FX masterminds Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett and John Rosengrant. Check out the video below to see what they had to say about their favorite scenes and what the experience meant to them.
"I love revisiting the kitchen scene because it was so intense and I always found it one of the most frightening scenes to watch," Richards said of the scene that sticks out the most in her memory. "There was a moment in there where I needed to save my brother from being killed by one of these things and Steven [Spielberg] came over to me and said, 'Ariana, just scare us. Just let loose.' And I did, and I didn't know I could do it, but he brought things out of me that I didn't know I had."
There's a lot to love in "Super 8," not the least of which is the fairly spoilery viral clip that was released yesterday, detailing the monster at the center of the film.
"Super 8" is far from the first movie to create an informational video to catch audiences up to speed on the film's central premise. In fact, it's turned out to be something of a sci-fi staple. Everything from "Jurassic Park" to "Wall-E" has seemingly incorporated some element of these retro, potentially viral informational clips as a means to educate their viewers on the background of their films.
After the jump, we've picked five of our favorite videos-within-movies and detail why they've stuck with us for so long.