Instructions Not Included Becomes Top Spanish-Language Film in the U.S.

The surprise hit of the summer, Mexican film Instructions Not Included, continues to break box office records!

Eugenio Derbez’s movie has officially earned $38.6 million at the U.S. box office since its release, replacing Guillermo del Toro's Pan’s Labryinth as the top-grossing Spanish language film in American history. According to NBC Latino, the film is now one of the top four-highest grossing foreign language films in the U.S., trailing Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Life is Beautiful, and Hero. 

“The film’s success reaffirms our beliefs 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 talent of Eugenio Derbez,” said Paul Presburger, CEO of Pantelion, a joint venture between Lionsgate and Grupo Televisa. 

The film, which was written, directed, and starred in by Derbez, tells the tale of a playboy who is left with a child after a one-night stand. He raises the daughter, and the pair move to Los Angeles to search for her mother. 

Despite the film’s classification as a comedy, it touches upon serious issues that affect the Latino community, such as immigration, language, and discrimination. 

Find out why movie execs are targeting Latinos at the box office on page 2 >>

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