Effects-laden, cartoon-inspired Spanish feature film Mortadelo & Filemon - The Big Adventure achieved the top grossing opening weekend ever for a local title this weekend in Spain, earning Euros 5.1m from 325 prints through distributor Warner Sogefilms.
Sogecine-Sogepaq, co-producer and sales agent on the Euros 8m film, also closed a deal for all rights in German-speaking territories to Falcom Media Group. The deal was negotiated by Sogepaq head of distribution Jacques Roldan and deputy director of distribution Simon de Santiago, with Falcom chairman Andreas Fallscheer.
The film is a co-production between Sogecine and Peliculas Pendelton. It was seen by more than one million spectators this weekend, pushing it into the number three spot of all-time opening weekend highs in Spain.
Its record-setting performance beat previous local title-holders including Alejandro Amenabar's The Others ($3.27m), another Sogecine co-production, and Santiago Segura's Torrente 2: Mission In Marbella ($3.18m), from Lolafilms.
Directed by Javier Fesser (P Tinto's Miracle), the title characters are based on the famous comic book by Francisco Ibanez which has sold over 80 million copies worldwide in the last 40 years.
Mortadelo & Filemon will make its market debut at the upcoming AFM, where Sogepaq will also present Fernando Leon's award-winning Mondays In The Sun (Los Lunes Al Sol), Fernando Colomo comedy South Of Granada (Al Sur De Granada) and Eduard Cortes' thriller Nobody's Life (La Vida De Nadie).