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.