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Shrek Forever After
Paramount Pictures International’s fourth instalment of the Shrek franchise debuted at number 2 on the International chart after taking $25.8m in weekend grosses. Shrek Forever After played on 1664 screens, recording the chart’s highest weekly screen average of $15,504. Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz return to lend their voices as a domesticated Shrek makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to get back to feeling like a real ogre again. It is yet to open in the key territories Germany (June 30), France (June 30) and UK (July 2).
Prince Of Persia
Disney’s swords and sandals epic entered at number 3 on the international chart, taking $18m from 3,651 screens in 23 territories. In the Mike Newell directed action/adventure Jake Gyllenhaal plays an adventurous prince who teams with a rival princess to stop a corrupt ruler from unleashing a deadly sandstorm. The Prince Of Persia opens in Japan, India, Russia and the US this weekend.
Reliance Big Pictures’ Kites was the highest non-US entry on the international chart (number 6), taking $8.1m from 2245 screens in 27 territories. Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan and South American actress Barbara Mori star in the romance thriller about a man who embarks on a dangerous quest to find the love of his life. An English language ‘remix’, edited by Brett Ratner, will be released next week.
Streetdance 3-D, the UK’s first feature shot in 3D, began its overseas run with a weekend total of $5.5m from 705 screens in 5 territories. The Vertigo Films production scored a decent screen average of $7,769, while the UK take accounted for $3.6m of its total. The film tells the story of an urban dance group forced to work with ballet dancers in order to win the Street Dance Championship. It will be released in Spain this weekend and in Germany on June 9.