Starting in 1993, Jurassic Park became one of the biggest hits worldwide, scoring a massive $978 million. The success of the original film spawned a series sprawling over many films including Jurassic World, with most failing to live up to the legacy of a Spielberg classic.
Later in 2013, the fourth installment to the franchise finally went into production, with Colin Trevorrow set to direct the film. The film departed from the original trio of Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum, instead including Chris Pratt as the lead of the film.
The success of Jurassic World
After being stuck in production hell for more than a decade, there were concerns that the lack of direction would make the next installment flop, as was the case with Alien 3. But proving the speculations wrong, the first film since the franchise’s hiatus, became an instant box office hit.
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Jurassic World hit a jackpot, raking in $1.67 billion worldwide according to Box Office mojo. The success of this film convinced Universal Studios to stake more money into the franchise, eventually releasing two more films set in the universe.
Pay gap on the sets of Jurassic World?
Portraying Claire Dearing in the Jurassic World sequels, Bryce Dallas Howard stated she was paid unfairly. Some reports suggested that the movie’s lead Chris Pratt was paid $10 million, and she was paid only $8 million for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. She stated in an interview with Insider:
“The reports were so interesting because I was paid so much less than the reports even said, so much less. When I started negotiating for Jurassic, it was 2014, and it was a different world, and I was at a great disadvantage. And, unfortunately, you have to sign up for three movies, and so your deals are set.”
After discussing the pay gap with her co-star Chris Pratt, she stated the actor pushed for both of them to receive equal pay in the movies and other aspects of the franchise including video games and theme-park rides. Commenting on the actor’s reaction, she stated:
“he literally told me: ‘You guys don’t even have to do anything. I’m gonna do all the negotiating. We’re gonna be paid the same, and you don’t have to think about this, Bryce. And I love him so much for doing that. I really do…”
The problem of the pay gap in Hollywood is not a new issue and has been catching steam for some time. Jennifer Lawrence has spoken out on the issue many times and Kristen Dunst too recounted the extreme pay gap between her and Tobey Maguire while making Spider-Man.