Mexican actors Eugenio Derbez and Selma Hayek continue to show their staying power with Latino English-speaking audiences. Their most recent project ‘Latin Lover’ is a surprise hit since debuting this week beating out Tom Hanks and Emma Watson’s ‘The Circle’ and other heavily promoted films.
Pantelion Films the first Latino Hollywood studio, a joint venture between Lionsgate and Grupo Televisa, produced the movie and also produced Derbez’ breakout English-language hit ‘Instructions Not Included’. ‘
Latin Lover’ opened in 925 theaters last Thursday and is now in over 1,000 movie houses earning a very respectable $11.18M thus far and projected to earn $12M for the weekend coming in second place to the wildly popular ‘Fate of the Furious’ – beating all market expectations.
Derbez, who also served as executive producer, plays Maximo an aging lothario whom makes a living off of marrying rich women. He is suddenly without a rich sponsor/spouse so is forced to live with his sister Sara played by Hayek. The still-stunning Raquel Welch is the object of Maximo’s latest affection since she is a widow billionaire-ess. The movie also stars Rob Lowe, Michael Cera and Kristen Bell.
Derbez and Hayek are some of Mexico’s most successful cross-over actors with the movie benefiting from their large social media audiences and their Spanish-speaking fans from Mexico.
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