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‘Spanish Affair 2’ Punches Best 2015 First Weekend in Spain

Romantic comedy sequel makes third best Spanish movie bow of all time

MADRID – Distributed by Universal Pictures International Spain, “Spanish Affair 2,” the sequel to the highest-grossing Spanish film of all time on native soil, rang up the biggest opening weekend of 2015 in Spain over Nov. 20-22, punching a massive €7.9 million ($8.4 million) at Spanish theaters.

Made off 755 screens, the B.O. gross beat out the former 2015 best opener, “50 Shades of Gray” ($7.5 million).

Spain’s best-ever bow bar is still set at €9.2 million ($9.75 million), notched up by “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.” Only two Spanish movies have improvded on “Spanish Affair 2”: Juan Antonio Bayona’s “The Impossible” ($9.0 million) and “Torrente 4” ($8.9 million), both released by Warner Bros. Pictures España.

“Spanish Affair 2’s” bow was “higher than the high-end of our expectations,” said Ghislain Barrois, CEO of Telecinco Cinema, a producer of “Spanish Affair 2” with Telecinco Cinema’s Alvaro Augustin and Lazona Films’ Gonzalo Salazar Simpson. Lazona Films and Weather Films AIE, a tax vehicle, produced the film for Telecinco Cinema.

Saturday night saw Spain’s “El Clasico,” the crunch soccer match between eternal rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona, which was expected to dent attendance. Instead, “Spanish Affair 2” racked up the best result for any film playing the same day as the “Clasico.”

Known in Spain as “Ocho Apellidos Vascos,” in “Spanish Affair,” Rafa, a dyed-in-the-wool Andalusian, relocates from Southern to the Basque Country to win over his sweetheart, Amaia, whose father in an equally die-hard Basque. In “Ocho Apellidos Catalanes,” Rafa and Amaia’s father travel to Catalonia to attempt to thwart Amaia’s wedding to her Catalan-to-the-core fiancé.

“Spectators coming out of the cinema don’t seem disappointed. ‘Spanish Affair 2’ is more of a romantic comedy than the first part and director Emilio Martinez Lazaro mixes its comedy and romantic elements very skillfully,” Barrois added.

To beat “Minions,” 2015’s highest grosser in Spain to date with a final $26.8 million cume, “Spanish Affair 2” will have to show legs this week. Whether it can beat “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which opens Dec. 18 in Spain, is another matter.

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