Sure, he may be a star in Mexico… But Eugenio Derbez is now making box office history in the United States…
The 52-year-old Mexican actor’s latest film Instructions Not Included, released by Pantelion Films, has become the highest grossing Spanish Language film ever released in the U.S., according to the film’s distributor Lionsgate.
With this weekend’s box office estimate of $3.38 million, the breakout family dramedy has earned $38.567M in its fifth weekend at the American box office.
Starring and directed by Derbez, the film has surpassed Pan’s Labyrinth’s $37.6M to become the new record holder.
It’s also the fourth biggest grossing foreign language film ever in the U.S., behind only Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Taiwan), Life is Beautiful (Italy) and Hero (China).
Word of mouth spread for Instructions Not Included due to a strong ‘A+’ CinemaScore, and the film expanded its U.S. run to target crossover audiences.
Made for only $5M, the film centers on a man (Derbez) who has made a new life for himself and the daughter left on his doorstep six years ago. His family life finds is threatened when the birth mother resurfaces.
The film was the big story coming out of Labor Day weekend for the best-ever domestic debut for a Spanish language film.