‘Park’ hits $ 300 mil B.O. mark

“Jurassic Park” continues to strong-arm its way into the record books, passing $ 300 million domestically.

The film, as of Monday night, has made $ 300,228,025 in the domestic market, second to the initial release of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” in 1982, which garnered $ 359,197,037.

When “E.T.” was rereleased in 1985, it captured an additional $ 40 million.

“Jurassic,” meanwhile, has posted the highest rentals for any film in Japanese cinema history, contributing mightily to its worldwide take of over $ 480 million.

Through 30 days, Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster earned $ 43 million in rentals ($ 64.7 million gross), already besting “E.T,” which made around $ 41 million.

The dino pic’s figures are even more flattering when exchange rates are compared: The greenback now, at about 101 yen to the dollar, is much weaker than the 1983 rate of about 240 yen.

Propelled by the Obon holiday in Japan, the film’s receipts shot up 22% in the fifth weekend — and that weekend was 6% up on the first weekend.

Overseas, the Universal/United Intl. Pictures smash had grossed $ 180.7 million through Tuesday.

The score includes $ 50 million in the U.K. and more than $ 9 million in Korea.

Reported by Don Groves in London and Kathleen O’Steen in L.A.

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