Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Leaves a Dinosaur-Sized Economic Footprint in State of Hawaii, Contributing $31 Million and Hiring 1,200 Workers

June 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stomps back into theaters this weekend, bringing more dinosaurs than ever before and a roaring economic boon to the State of Hawaii, according to new production figures from the studio. The film, which takes audiences on a quest to save Jurassic World’s remaining dinosaurs from volcanic extinction, generated more than $31 million in local economic activity and contributed more than $6.9 million in wages to over 1,200 local workers.

Stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, along with a cast of terrifying new dinosaur breeds spent more than 25 days shooting in Hawaii. To create the fictional Isla Nublar, the production drew on awe-inspiring backdrops that locals and tourists alike may recognize, including Kualoa Ranch, Pua’ena Point, He’eia Harbor, and Dillingham Airfield. A significant portion of the production’s investments supported a wide array of in-state vendors and small businesses, such as:

  • More than $16.1 million spent on local rentals and purchases for set decoration, production, and other supplies.
  • More than $3.1 million spent on lodging.
  • More than $1.2 million spent on transportation, including truck and car rentals.
  • More than $370,000 spent on hardware and lumber supplies.
  • More than $350,000 spent on local catering and other food items for the cast and crew.
  • More than $2,000 spent on local wardrobe.

What They’re Saying 

MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles H. Rivkin: “With its strong production incentives, majestic landscape, talented cast and crew, and supportive local businesses, Hawaii is the perfect place to breathe new life into the dinosaurs of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The film not only promises more thrills – and teeth – for global audiences, but also hundreds of jobs and millions in positive economic impact for the Aloha State.”

Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism Director Luis P. Salaveria: “When a feature film the size of Jurassic World calls Hawaii ‘home’, it generates a global marketing for our destination and hundreds of jobs that contribute significantly to strengthening Hawaii’s creative economy, which is anchored by Hawaii’s film and media industries.”

IATSE Local 665 Business Representative Irish Barber: “Hawaii is thrilled to be a part of the Jurassic series success! From Jurassic Park in 1993 to the record-breaking Jurassic World in 2015, our film workers have gained not just the economic benefit of working on the film, but the expertise of working with changing technology. Back in 1993, we shot on film and shipped heavy film cans on direct flights to Hollywood for processing. Today, larger films like Jurassic World, bring state-of-the-art equipment. Scenes are now recorded on tiny digital cards which can be uploaded on-site, wireless antennas are used for sound and video assist, and vehicle rigs are complex and computerized. And many small businesses continue to thrive because of these films. We now have grip and lighting equipment houses, film trucks, cast trailers, camera cranes and enough local crew to staff multiple shows. Films like Jurassic World are absolutely critical to our film industry’s growth and success, and we hope our tax incentive, crew, equipment and beautiful landscape continue to bring shows here for many years to come.”

For a behind-the-scenes look at Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, click here.

About the MPAA
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its members include: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.


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