HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 9 -- Alien-invasion thriller 'Independence Day' was certain to top $250 million on Friday, its 39th day, and may pass 'Jaws' by the end of the weekend as eighth biggest domestic grosser ever. 'Jurassic Park' still holds the record as the fastest to reach the quarter-billion mark, doing so in 38 days in 1993. 'ID4,' as 20th Century Fox bills it, set records for the being the fastest to top the $100 million mark at seven days, $150 million at 12 days and the $200 million mark in 21 days. 'Jurassic Park' is the fastest to reach $300 million, needing 68 days, while 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' crossed the $350 million mark in 314 days before setting the all-time record at $399.8 million. 'Independence Day' still is playing at about 2,700 theaters in its sixth weekend. It should take in another $7 million to $10 million from Friday through Sunday. The box office is likely to receive a boost now that the Olympics are over. The third weekend of Warner Bros.' legal thriller 'A Time To Kill' has a good shot at leading the box office for a third time with about $12 million at 2,253 theaters after grossing $50 million in its first 16 days. 'A Time To Kill' will face significant competition this weekend from two openings with strong potential -- Paramount's 'Escape From L.A. ' at 2,312 screens with Kurt Russell reprising his role from 'Escape From New York,' and Disney's 'Jack,' at 1,710 theaters and starring Robin Williams as a 10-year-old boy in a 40-year-old body.
Despite downbeat reviews, 'Escape' and 'Jack' should take in about $10 million each. Two weeks ago, Disney moved 'Jack' back from its original opening of Aug. 2 to avoid competition from the Olympics, which in turn caused 'Matilda' to be moved forward five days and Warner's 'Tin Cup' to be delayed from Aug. 9 to Aug. 16. The 20 top-grossing domestic movies, year of release, total gross: 1. 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,' 1982, $399.8 million. 2. 'Jurassic Park,' 1993, $356 million. 3. 'Forrest Gump,' 1994, $329 million. 4. 'Star Wars,' 1977, $322 million. 5. 'The Lion King,' 1994, $313 million. 6. 'Home Alone,' 1990, $281.6 million. 7. 'Return of the Jedi,' 1983, $263.7 million. 8. 'Jaws,' 1975, $260 million. 9. 'Batman,' 1989, $251.2 million. 10. 'Independence Day,' 1996, $250 million. 11. 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' 1981, $242.4 million. 12. 'Beverly Hills Cop,' 1984, $234.8 million. 13. 'Twister,' 1996, $232.5 million. 14. 'The Empire Strikes Back,' 1980, $223 million. 15. 'Ghostbusters,' 1984, $220.9 million. 16. 'Mrs. Doubtfire,' 1993, $219 million. 17. 'Aladdin,' 1992, $217.4 million. 18. 'Ghost,' 1990, $217 million. 19. 'Back to the Future,' 1985, $208.2 million. 20. 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day,' 1991, $204 million.