The '90s comeback: Clinton vs Bush, 'Jurassic Park' box office hit, and 'Terminator' sequel

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Looks like things are coming full circle in American culture.

Over a decade ago, Americans saw the blockbuster "Jurassic Park" dominate box offices, a Clinton and Bush battle it out over the Oval Office, and were graced with a "Terminator" sequel. Sound familiar?

Here's the breakdown of the eerily similar events:

Back in 1992, incumbent George H.W. Bush tried for a second term, running against then newcomer, Bill Clinton. Clinton beat Bush in a historical election, with the final vote of 370 - 168.

Flash forward 13 years, and former President Clinton's wife, Hillary, is now running in the 2016 election against George H.W. Bush's son, Jeb. Only time will tell which family ends up on top.

"Jurassic Park" took the cinematic world by storm when it was released just a few months after the 1992 election. In its first week, the movie made a hefty profit of $50.1 million — breaking an opening weekend record set by "Batman Returns" the year before. It eventually made a whopping $357 million from U.S. and Canada alone.

The latest installment may just top its original record. After opening with a staggering $208.8 million in revenue, it looks like it's well on its way to surpass the original film's total.

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From left, "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" cast members Jeff Goldblum, Vanessa Lee Chester, Vince Vaughn and Julianne Moore pose with dinosaur effects producer Stan Winston, far right, before a special advance screening of the film, Monday, May 19, 1997, at the Cineplex Odeon Universal City Cinemas in Universal City, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Fans try to spot celebrities streaming by on the red carpet at a special advance screening of ?The Lost World: Jurassic Park,? on Monday, May 19, 1997, at the Cineplex Odeon Universal City Cinemas in Universal City, Calif. The only question is how big. The movie is expected to devour opening weekend box office records when it opens on 3,024 screens beginning on Thursday night. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Director Steven Spielberg celebrates his numerous Oscars with his wife Kate Capshaw, right, and his mother, Leah Adler, after the 66th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, March 21, 1994. Two of Spielberg's films won a total of 10 Oscars, seven for "Schindler's List," and three for "Jurassic Park." (AP Photo/Lois Bernstein)
FILE - In this June 9, 1993 file photo, "Jurassic Park" co-stars Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern appear at the premiere of the Steven Spielberg-directed dinosaur thriller in Washington. (AP Photo/Joe Marquette, file)
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'Jurassic Park: The Ride' signage is displayed at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park in Hollywood, California, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. NBC Universal, majority owned by Comcast Corp., operates some of the most-watched U.S. cable TV channels, in addition to its flagship broadcast network, a film studio and the Universal Studios amusement parks. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Visitors are soaked on the waterfall drop at the end of 'Jurassic Park: The Ride' at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park in Hollywood, California, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. NBC Universal, majority owned by Comcast Corp., operates some of the most-watched U.S. cable TV channels, in addition to its flagship broadcast network, a film studio and the Universal Studios amusement parks. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Visitors walk near 'Jurassic Park: The Ride' at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park in Hollywood, California, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. NBC Universal, majority owned by Comcast Corp., operates some of the most-watched U.S. cable TV channels, in addition to its flagship broadcast network, a film studio and the Universal Studios amusement parks. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Visitors stand near 'Jurassic Park: The Ride' at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park in Hollywood, California, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. NBC Universal, majority owned by Comcast Corp., operates some of the most-watched U.S. cable TV channels, in addition to its flagship broadcast network, a film studio and the Universal Studios amusement parks. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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"Jurassic Park" isn't the only '90s throwback that's gracing headlines. In 1992 "Terminator 2" hit the big screens, grossing a total of $204.8 in North America — and with the latest installment set to come to theaters early next month, the franchise may be seeing record numbers again.

Looks like we're not the only person who has noticed the coincidences:


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