‘Shrek 4’ is DWA’s biggest foreign hit

Pic has grossed $480.7 million outside U.S.

“Shrek Forever After” has become DreamWorks Animation’s biggest international release ever, taking $480.7 million to date outside the U.S.

The fourth and final installment of the franchise, distributed by Paramount Pictures Intl., added $4.7 million to its international tally over the weekend and is now the fourth highest grossing toon at the international box office after “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” ($690 million), “Toy Story 3” ($621 million) and “Finding Nemo” ($528 million).

Pic saw 66% of its international biz delivered by 3D and Imax screens and had record opening weekends in Russia ($19.4 million), Argentina ($3.2 million) and Panama ($972,000). It has set earnings records for toons in Russia ($50.8 million) and Ukraine ($4 million).

In the Blighty and Ireland, the movie generated $49 million.

In Brazil, the pic took $39.7 million and grossed more than $110 million in Latin America, becoming the first Paramount pic to pass the $100 million mark in the region.

In Gaul, the toon has generated $38.7 million, while it took $28.4 million in Mexico.

DreamWorks/Paramount animated pic “How to Train Your Dragon” is still in release and stands at $275 million in international box office receipts.

Another 3D DreamWorks/Paramount toon, “Megamind,” featuring the voices of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill, is set to unspool internationally, starting with Russian on Oct. 28.

Pic opens in the U.S. on Nov. 5.

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