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

“I’ve always wanted to do an American movie,” Derbez told NBC Latino, “...I wanted to show people that I’m an emotional guy, not someone who is always laughing and smiling. This is the movie I’ve wanted to make for years -- a comedy with a lot of heart. Because if you have heart in your comedy instead of just a joke, you can leave people with something that will last forever.” 

The bilingual film struck a chord with Latino audiences. Latino Americans accounted for 25 percent of all movie tickets sold in the United States last year, and movie executives are beginning to take notice. 

“Latinos are becoming more and more [of] the population,” said Charles Ramirez Berg, a media studies professor at the University of Texas, “In a way you can count on them to be an anchor audience.”

As the film continues its box office streak, many are looking towards the Academy Awards next March. The other four highest-grossing foreign language films all went on to receive nominations in the “Best Foreign Language Film” category of the Oscars.

What do you think? Have you seen the film? Do you wish there were more Latino oriented films on the market? 

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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