John Williams' iconic Jurassic Park theme has finally reached #1 on the classical music Billboard Charts. This milestone comes 22 years after it was released as a single to accompany the theatrical debut of the Steven Spielberg directed thriller. It was originally released as a cassette and CD single, two items that are almost as extinct as the dinosaur. The theme leapt to the top of the charts with a miraculous 205 percent gain.
Over 3,000 copies of the single were sold in the week ending June 14, according to Nielsen Music. To date, the Jurassic Park theme has sold a whopping 189,000 downloads. This happened the same week the long-awaited sequel Jurassic World opened to record breaking box office numbers. The film was released in preview showings last Thursday, and pulled in $209 million to be come the biggest ever opening weekend in both the U.S. and Canada, beating previous record holder Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Jurassic World now holds the biggest ever global debut as well, pulling in $316 million in record time. It should be noted that John Williams' Jurassic Park isn't the only one to hit the Billboard charts. A cover of the song by The Piano Guys has come in at #2 on the classical music charts, right behind the original with 2,000 sold. Michael Giacchino's Jurassic World score album has landed at #6 on the Soundtrack charts with 4,000 traditional albums sold. And it is currently #126 on the Billboard 200. The full original Jurassic Park soundtrack album hit #38 on the Billboard 200 charts way back in 1993, and has sold 863,000 copies to date. You can listen to both the original and the The Piano Guys version courtesy of Youtube.