'Jurassic Park' Theme Hits No. 1 for First Time
It's a 'Jurassic' world, with John Williams' classic 1993 instrumental a No. 1 hit at last.
The song, uh … found a way.
Twenty-two years after its arrival, John Williams' "Jurassic Park Theme," originally released (as a now-essentially extinct cassette and CD single) accompanying the 1993 blockbuster, has become a No. 1 hit on a Billboard chart, taking a 6-1 bite out of the June 27 Classical Digital Songs survey. It leaps to the top with a 205 percent gain to 3,000 sold in the week ending June 14, according to Nielsen Music. The sweeping instrumental has sold 189,000 downloads to-date.
Williams' recording becomes king of the (chart) jungle as Jurassic Park's third sequel, Jurassic World, has blasted into movie theaters. The film, starring Chris Pratt, destroyed box office records, premiering with the largest U.S. and Canada opening weekend of all-time: $209 million (June 12-14). It also scored the biggest-ever global debut weekend: $316 million.
Meanwhile, a "Jurassic Park Theme" cover debuts directly below the original on Classical Digital Songs. The Piano Guys' version bows at No. 2 with 2,000 sold.
More dino-mite news: Jurassic World's score album, composed by Michael Giacchino, roars onto the Soundtracks chart at No. 6 with 4,000 in traditional album sales. On the Billboard 200, it starts at No. 126. Concurrently, the first Jurassic Park album zips 24-11 on Soundtracks (2,000; up 76 percent). The latter set hit No. 38 on the Billboard 200 in 1993 and has sold 863,000 to-date.