The Highest-Grossing Spanish-Language Movie in US History Gets Bollywood Remake

Lead Photo: 'Instructions Not Included' still courtesy of Pantelion
'Instructions Not Included' still courtesy of Pantelion
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After the success of his feature film directorial debut No se aceptan devoluciones (Instructions Not Included) – a comedy that grossed over $40 million dollars stateside – Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez‘s work is set to receive the Bollywood treatment. In a partnership with Lionsgate, Globalgate and the Indian production company Azure Entertainment, Derbez’s family comedy about a playboy who must change his life to raise his daughter will be remade for Indian audiences.

Right now it’s unclear who will direct or star in this Bollywood take on Instructions Not Included, but it only shows the power of Derbez’s work as a Latino film star. Back in 2013, Instructions Not Included grossed over $100 million worldwide and became an unexpected success in the United States, the most successful Spanish language film ever. Since then Derbez has continued his streak of U.S. successes with 2017’s How to Be a Latin Lover, which bested Guardians of the Galaxy at the Mexican box office that year, and the remake of the 1987 comedy Overboard, released this weekend. Overboard, in fact, was No. 2 at the U.S. box office this weekend, making it the No. 1 comedy of the weekend. It’s also the highest grossing film for its home studio, Pantelion Films.

With the recent announcement of Instructions Not Included being transferred to Bollywood, it’s evident Derbez is tapping into something that’s transcending language barriers. His films are frothy, high-concept comedies that can easily be transitioned to any country. For good and for ill, Derbez is a rising star in Hollywood who seems to have found the magic formula for box-office stardom. This year alone Derbez will be impossible to avoid. Other than Overboard he’ll also star in Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and is set to star as the voice of cartoon character Speedy Gonzalez.