Someone Did The Math On How Much It Would Actually Cost To Build And Operate ‘Jurassic Park’

Nearly every box office record in existence was just shattered by the unprecedented opening weekend box office numbers Jurassic World brought in. Pulling in $82.3 million on Friday alone, Jurassic World cleared over a half a billion dollars (not to be confused with doll hairs) in its opening weekend (an estimated $511.8 million global box office take). But those staggering numbers are nothing, and I mean NOTHING compared to how much it would actually cost to build and operate a real-life Jurassic Park. A YouTuber ran the numbers on what it would cost, including real-estate, construction, employees, research and development, and general operational costs. You can see the break down in the video above, or down below I’ve provided an additional overview on the insane numbers.

Real-estate: Two islands. Island A is 22-square-miles, Island B is 44-square miles, and both islands are situated off of Costa Rica. Based on real-estate records, two islands off Costa Rica totaling 66-square-miles would come out to around $10 billion.

Staff: The staff requirements for a Jurassic Park would basically cover anything and everything you could think of. From scientists to retail employees. Here’s a few of the more expensive hires listed in the video above: Genetic Scientist $200k, animal caretaker 64k, paleontologist 80k, computer engineer 154k, lawyer 300k. Somehow from those numbers they get to the conclusion that the total cost of staffing would be $7.9 million. It’s a big jump from those salary numbers above, but assumign they’d be scaling a lot of those jobs it’s certainly reasonable.

Research and Development: In order to clone the dinosaurs and breed them Jurassic Park would require a cloning scientist, 50+ dinosaur clones (there are 50 dinosaurs in thepark), surrogates, embryo development, stem cell research, and gene modification. All of this totals up to $8.5million.
On top of that they’d need the amber from which the ‘Dino DNA’ was extracted. This would require multiple amber mines as well as more R&D costs, totaling up to $9 million. That brings the total R&D costs to $25.4 million.

Construction: based on the average cost of constructing the brick and mortar of a theme park Jurassic Park would cost $1.5 billion.

Annual Operations: $11 billion per year ($32 million per day)

Dinosaur care: $207 million

Total cost of building ‘Jurassic Park’ and keeping it running: $23,423,400,000 to get it off the ground, with annual operational costs of $11,907,000,000, which comes out to $32,521,917.80 PER DAY.



Suffice it to say that the ticket price for getting in to Jurassic Park (or Jurassic World) would be astronomical.

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