How Much It Would Cost To Build Jurassic World

Thanks to the release of Jurassic World, have you been finding yourself thinking about opening up a dinosaur theme park of your very own? Well, if you do, I sure hope that you have about $23,432,400,000 laying around. How do we know that would be the cost of such a venture? Watch the video below and find out!

Fandango put together this fun little video celebrating the release of Jurassic World, and as you might have guessed, it actually costs a whole lot of money to create a dinosaur theme park - meaning that Richard Attenborough's John Hammond and his company InGen must have been pulling in some serious cash in order to make the original Jurassic Park. That being said, it looks as though it may have been a good thing that the plan never really worked out, given that the operations cost of the wondrous dinosaur island(s) would have run them about $11.9 billion per year.

So what were the big numbers that led to these exorbitant costs? It's really about two main categories. While you may think that it would be the actual creation of the dinosaurs that would make the building of Jurassic Park a difficult business to run, the "reality" is that would be one of the less expensive areas of the budget. Instead, it turns out that simply running the park day to day would end up costing $11.7 billion annually. Right behind that figure, though, is the rather insane price that the real estate would set the venture back. In order to have both Isla Nublar, where the park is, and Isla Sorna, where the dinosaurs are raised, InGen would have had to pay an incredible $10 billion dollars.

All these numbers naturally lead to the big question of whether or not it's actually worth it to build a real Jurassic Park, and I'm actually not certain. In Jurassic World, it's shown that business is booming, with the park getting over 20,000 visitors a day - but it's not entirely clear how it's putting up those kinds of attendance numbers. It surely must be quite expensive to actually get to Isla Nublar via Costa Rica, and that doesn't even include the cost of getting a ticket to see some dinosaur action. In Jurassic Park, John Hammond says that he never intends the place to only cater to the super-rich, but if he wants to make a profit after the initial budget and all future expenditures, it's hard to imagine exactly how that happens.

Knowing how these numbers break down, if you had $50 billion at your disposal, would you make an effort to invest in the creation of a dinosaur theme park, or do you think it wouldn't be worth it? Hit the comments with your thoughts!

Eric Eisenberg
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NJ native who calls LA home and lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran who is endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.