'Spanish Affair' Breaks All-Time Box-Office Records in Spain

Pedro Alborenoz
"Spanish Affair"

The romantic comedy has outperformed all other Spanish titles, including Juan Antonio Bayona's 'The Impossible,' and sits behind only 'Avatar' in sales.

MADRID – Emilio Martinez Lazaro’s hit Spanish Affair has broken Spanish box-office records, becoming the top-grossing Spanish title of all time, outranking The Impossible, with more than €44.5 million ($61.5 million) in sales and sitting behind only Avatar as the second-best performer in Spain.

The romantic comedy has entrenched itself at the No. 1 spot in the weekly box-office rankings for the full seven weeks it’s been in theaters, with more than 7.5 million tickets sold. It is the only Spanish title ever to stay in the top slot for seven consecutive weeks.

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In its seventh weekend, the film produced by Telecinco Cinema and LaZona Films, earned €3.4 million, or €9,700 per screen, accounting for some 44 percent of overall box-office revenue.

The film has led Spain to post its best domestic films’ market share ever, with homegrown fare cornering 27 percent of ticket sales as of April 20, according to Rentrak Spain.

Affair depicts the culture clash of a boy from Spain’s folkloric southern region of Andalucia wooing a girl from the northern Basque region.