“Shrek” passes $100 million mark overseas

DreamWorks’ animated Shrek, which has already piled up $256 million at the domestic box office, has now topped $100 million overseas. According to Screen International, the British trade publication, Shrek has now earned $28.5 million in the U.K. alone. (For some reason, never explained in the film, the main character, Shrek, voiced by Mike Myers, is the only character who speaks with a Scottish brogue.) United International Pictures (UIP), which distributes DreamWorks’ releases as part of a deal with Universal, one of its two stakeholders (the other is Paramount), estimated Wednesday that Shrek has now earned $111.3 million internationally. Screen International estimated that the film’s worldwide gross should pass the $400-million mark within the next few weeks. The only other film to have reached that mark this year is The Mummy Returns.