There's no stopping the fire-breathing monster hit How To Train Your Dragon, which after taking in $217.6 million at the box office, sat atop the national home video sales charts for two consecutive weeks -- and was the No. 1 renter as well in its first full week in stores. Along with a sequel due in 2013, DreamWorks also has plans for a related How To Train Your Dragon TV series, web property and a live arena show in the style of Walking With Dinosaurs.
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Shrek Forever After
Boasting a worldwide box office take of $735 million, Shrek Forever After is DreamWorks Animation's most successful international title ever. CEO Jeffrey Katzenbergreported last week that the fourth film starring the lovable green ogre fueled the company's $39.8 million third-quarter profits.
Shrek Forever After is due on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Dec. 7, along with Shrek: The Whole Story, a boxed set of all four movies, which collectively have brought in $3 billion at the global box office.
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Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3 opened at the top of the North American box office last June, taking in a record-breaking domestic total for Pixar of $109 million. The third adventure of Woody and his plastic pals, which debuted on DVD and Blu-ray earlier this week, has since gone on to make cinema history as Disney's fourth highest grossing film and the top-grossing animated film worldwide, with a total take of $920 million.
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Although Despicable Me is due on DVD and Blu-Ray next month, Universal's movie about merry Minions is still drawing record audiences at the international box office and last weekend reclaimed the No. 1 spot overseas with an offshore gross total to $234.4 million.
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Alpha and Omega
Lionsgate's Alpha and Omega, a 3D animated adventure about two young wolves who meet after being captured by park rangers, has earned over $24 million domestically since opening in September. Director Ben Gluck's film includes voiceover work by an all-star ensemble that includes Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci and Danny Glover, and marks one of the last films to feature the work of silver screen legend Dennis Hopper.
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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole'
Filmmaker Zack Snyder, who created a cult following with his edgy movie adaptations of 300 and Watchmen, tackled his first animated adaptation with Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, based on the book series by Kathryn Lasky. The film combines three books of the 15-volume series into one spectacular 3D epic that THR film critic Stephen Farber said "sometimes rivals Avatar in its spectacular landscapes and thrilling flying sequences."
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It took two directors -- Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, who both worked as artists on Disney's Mulan and Chicken Little -- to bring the newest Walt Disney Pictures animated movie to the big screen. Tangled, a lively 3D take on the Brothers Grimm classic Rapunzel and featuring voice overs by Mandy Moore and Chuck star Zachary Levi, is set for release on Nov. 24 and is the 50th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.
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Megamind, which THR film critic Todd McCarthy calls "an early holiday-season animated 3D winner," features voicing by Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. Director Tom McGrath's superhero tale centers on super-villain Megamind, who can't seem to pull off any successful evil feats but who, in a strange twist, may eventually save the day for Metro City. DreamWorks Animation is launching the family film with a unique push from Zynga, which will integrate Megamind into its most popular online game, FarmVille, renamed Mega-Farm during a 24-hour campaign starting Thursday to boost awareness of the film's Friday release.