Live-action comicbook adaptation tops all-time records

MADRID — Sogecable distribution company Sogepaq has licensed smash B.O. hit “Mortadelo and Filemon” to Art Port in Japan and Apex in Korea, following a German-language rights deal with the Falcom Media Group.

Directed by Javier Fesser, the live-action comicbook adaptation blasted all-time records for a Spanish movie last month, taking in $5.4 million in its first three days.

After 38 days, “Mortadelo” has cumed $22 million and counting (it played on 337 screens in Spain last weekend). That makes it the third highest-grossing Spanish film of all time, after “The Others” ($29.4 million) and “Torrente 2” ($23.8 million).

Sogepaq has also closed deals on “Mortadelo” with Portugal, Switzerland, much of Eastern and Central Europe, Greece, Thailand, Iceland and the Middle East.

Market preeming at the American Film Market, “Mortadelo” is produced by Sogecable production house Sogecine and Peliculas Pendelton.

Beyond a raft of smaller country accords, Sogepaq has also clinched major territory deals on Fernando Leon’s unemployment drama “Mondays in the Sun,” starring Javier Bardem. These include sales to Scanbox for Scandinavia, CNC for Benelux, Gussi for Mexico and Providence for Brazil.

Spain’s best pic Goya winner, “Mondays” was picked up for North America by Lions Gate last fall. It opens Stateside April 18.

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