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. 

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New YorkNew York. 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. . You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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