Mexican Film "Instructions Not Included" Breaks Box Office Records

The surprise hit of the summer? It’s not a superhero flick or even a Holllywood production with a big name star.

Nope. It’s Mexican comedy-drama Instructions Not Included that has taken the box office by storm.

The film, which Eugenio Derbez directed and starred in, has earned a whopping $33 million since its release four weeks ago. It is the second highest grossing Mexican film of all time in the United States, trailing after Guillermo Del Toro’s film Pan’s Labryinth

According to Box Office Mojo, the film also broke the list of top 10 highest grossing foreign movies in the U.S., surpassing French film Amelie for the fifth spot on the list and trailing behind Pan's Labryinth, Hero, Life is Beautiful, and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.

Derbez's film follows the adventures of an Acapulco playboy, Valentin, who finds a baby on his doorstep. The unlikely father attempts to raise the girl, and the two move to Los Angeles, where Valentin becomes one of the top stuntman in Hollywood. 

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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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