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Shrek The Third Crosses $600 Million Global Threshold

DreamWorks Animation's SHREK THE THIRD's cumulative worldwide gross now surpasses the $600 million mark. The historic U.S. opening of SHREK THE THIRD -- the largest domestic debut ever for an animated film -- was duplicated in many key territories around the world, with #1 animated openings of all time in such countries as the U.K. (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.

The international tally now stands at $324 million, which, combined with the current U.S. box office total of $316 million, propels the lovable green ogre from the studioâs most successful film franchise to a cumulative worldwide tally of $640 million. The SHREK franchise of films have combined to reach more than $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.

For comparison with the live-action realm, the latest PIRATES feature has crossed $910 million and SPIDER-MAN 3 has taken in $884 million globally so far.

DreamWorks Animation's most successful franchise to date, the SHREK series began with the acquisition of William Steigâs book in 1990, with the original SHREK going on to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2001. The sequel, SHREK 2, practically doubled the worldwide box office take of the original to become the third highest-grossing film of all time.