EXCLUSIVE: Instructions Not Included had huge US opening from Pantelion.

Highland Film Group has acquired international sales rights to Eugenio Derbez’s comedy Instructions Not Included on the back of its extraordinary US debut over Labor Day weekend.

The Spanish-language film launched at number four over the three-day portion of the session on $7.8m from 348 theatres through Pantelion, the joint venture between Lionsgate and Mexico’s Televisa.

Instructions Not Included scored the top per-site average of the weekend and opened ahead of such titles as Warner Bros’ new release Getaway and the second weekend of The Mortal Instruments.

Highland’s Delphine Perrier and Arianne Fraser negotiated the rights deal with Televisa and the company also represents Pulling Strings, the next film from Televisa/Pantelion that will open in the US on Oct 4.

The Toronto slate includes Barely Lethal starring Jessica Alba, Samuel Jackson and Hailee Steinfeld set to commence production on Oct 17.