Mexican Animated Film 'Top Cat' Breaks Record at Box Office

 Hanna-Barbera

MEXICO CITY -- The animated film Don Gato y su Pandilla (Top Cat) has broken an opening weekend box office record for a Mexican production.

Based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, the film version of Top Cat grossed nearly $3.2 million and it outperformed all Hollywood releases here, including Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Friends with Benefits. Warner Bros. bowed Top Cat on 1,000-plus screens here in 2D and 3D.

Produced by Mexico's Anima Estudios and Argentina's Illusion Studios, two of Latin America's leading animation houses, the film was expected to open strong in Mexico, where Top Cat and his feline sidekicks have always enjoyed wide popularity.

When done well, animated pictures perform exceptionally well in Mexico. Of the all-time leading Mexican openers, three are toons.

Mexican director Alberto Mar worked alongside creative consultant Colin Brady (character designer for Toy Story 2) and screenwriters Kevin Seccia and Tim Mckeon.  

Anima Estudios producer Jose Carlos Garcia de Letona said Top Cat will bow in Argentina and Peru on Oct. 13 and sales are in "advanced negotiations" for six other South American markets.

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