Ricardo Darin's directorial debut The Signal (La Senal), topped the Argentinian box office over the weekend with 105,000 admissions in its first four days of release on 62 screens.

The $2.5m Argentina-Spain co-production accounted for 27.4% of audiences at the weekend and beat openings for Hollywood fare like The Simpsons Movie, Die Hard 4.0 and The Bourne Ultimatum.

Argentina's most renowned actor, Darin also stars in the 1950s film noir based on the best-selling novel by Eduardo Mignogna, who was scheduled to direct the movie himself when he died on Oct 6, 2006. With the support of Mignogna's family, Darin decided to co-direct the movie with Martin Hodara, assistant director to the late Fabian Bielinsky on Nine Queens and The Aura.

Set in 1952, during the last days of Eva Peron, The Signal is about two small-time detectives - a die-hard Peronist (acclaimed comedian Diego Peretti) and an adamant opponent (Darin) - who unwittingly get caught up a dark and dangerous case involving the Mafia and a beautiful femme-fatale (Julieta Diaz).

The Signal is a co-production between Pablo Bossi's new company Pampa Films, Patagonik Film Group, Mignogna's former partner Claudio Etcheberry of Retratos Producciones and Spain's Fenix Films and Wanda Vision with the support of the local film institute and Ibermedia program.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International is handling the film in Latin America and Wanda is handling international sales.