Shrek the Third dominated the foreign box office with $69.6 million at 6,489 playdates in 52 markets this weekend, reports Variety. The film has already grossed $259 million overseas, more than halfway to matching Shrek 2.
Transformers also debuted ahead of its U.S. launch with a stellar $34.7 million at 2,261 in 10 territories and Live Free or Die Hard earned a solid $30.7 million at 3,583 in day and date openings in 35 markets.
A trio of holdovers — Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Ocean’s Thirteen and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End — impressed with each grossing at least $14 million.
The third “Pirates of the Caribbean” became only the seventh film to cross the $600 million mark in international grosses and trails the final “Pirates 2” foreign total by only $33 million after six weeks. It’s now sixth-highest in foreign grosses at $608.9 million and ninth in worldwide at $904.7 million.
Sony’s Spider-Man 3 ensnared $1 million to become the 10th largest international film with $548.9 million and the 11th biggest globally with $883 million.
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