Top Cat” film purrs to record in Mexican theaters

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Don Gato y Su Pandilla (Top Cat)

Don Gato y Su Pandilla (Top Cat)

A fea­ture ver­sion of Hanna-Barbera’s “Top Cat” series has bro­ken the open­ing week­end record for a Mex­i­can film at that country’s box office.

Don Gato y Su Pandilla grossed almost $3.2 mil­lion in Mex­ico. Dis­trib­uted by Warner Bros., it was shown in 2D and 3D on over 1,000 screens.

Rev­enues exceeded those for all Hol­ly­wood movies, includ­ing Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Friends with Ben­e­fits.

The movie was expected to debut well in Mex­ico, where Top Cat has always been popular.

Two of Latin America’s lead­ing ani­ma­tion firms, Mexico’s Anima Estu­dios and Argentina’s Illu­sion Stu­dios, pro­duced Don Gato y Su Pandilla.

Three ani­mated pic­tures are among the most suc­cess­ful open­ing films of all time in Mexico.

Cre­ative con­sul­tant Colin Brady — char­ac­ter designer for Toy Story– and screen­writ­ers Kevin Sec­cia and Tim Mck­eon worked with Mex­i­can direc­tor Alberto Mar on the feature.

The Top Cat movie will open Octo­ber 13 in Argentina and Peru, said Anima Estu­dios pro­ducer Jose Car­los Gar­cia de Let­ona. Sales are in “advanced nego­ti­a­tions” for six other South Amer­i­can coun­tries, he added.

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