DreamWorks’ Shrek grosses $600 million

MUMBAI: DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek the Third continued its stellar box office performance around the globe, with the cumulative worldwide gross now surpassing the $600 million mark.

The history making US opening of Shrek the Third — the largest domestic debut ever for an animated film — was duplicated in many key territories around the world, with number one animated openings of all time in such countries as the UK (where it remains at the top of the box office charts for the second week of release), Russia, Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Singapore and others.

With an estimated $35 million weekend take from 6,114 locations across 53 territories, the international tally now stands at $324 million — and combining that with the current US box office total of $316 million propels the lovable green ogre from the studio’s most successful film franchise to a cumulative worldwide tally of $640 million.

With the overwhelming success of the third installment, the Shrek franchise of films have combined to reach over $2 billion in global box office receipts to date making it one of the most successful franchises in movie history.

The film is distributed globally by Paramount Pictures and Paramount Pictures International.