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Pantelion Films’ comedy Instructions Not Included has become the top-grossing Spanish-language film of all time at the North American box office, grossing $38.6 million to date.
Guillermo del Toro‘s Pan’s Labyrinth was the previous record holder ($37.6 million). Instructions Not Included — starring Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez — also has become the fourth top-grossing foreign-language film of all time domestically after Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Life is Beautiful and Hero.
Pantelion is a joint venture between Lionsgate and media giant Groupo Televisa.
“We’ve been building our brand and our audience for three years, and we’re very pleased that our efforts have resulted in a record-breaking hit,” said Pantelion CEO Paul Presburger. “The film’s success reaffirms our belief that there is a large audience in the U.S. with an appetite for commercial films with Latino characters and themes.”
“Its performance is a testament to the prodigious talents of Eugenio Derbez; Lionsgate and Televisa’s support, guidance and vision since our launch; an adroit and focused marketing campaign that we developed with Televisa and Univision and the superb distribution and expansion plan executed by the Lionsgate theatrical distribution team,” he continued.
Instructions Not Included tells the story of Valentin (Derbez), Acapulco’s resident playboy — that is, until a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep and takes off without a trace. Valentin leaves Mexico for Los Angeles to find the baby’s mother but only ends up finding a new home for himself and his newfound daughter, Maggie (Loreto Peralta).
An unlikely father figure, Valentin raises Maggie for six years, while also establishing himself as one of Hollywood’s top stuntmen.
Upcoming Pantelion releases include the bilingual comedy Pulling Strings, starring Jaime Camil and Omar Chaparro and opening Oct. 4.
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