Pantelion’s animated film Un Rescate De Huevitos (An Egg Rescue) is reigning in the specialty box office as a Spanish language animated film, as reported by Deadline. The film’s opening weekend success is no surprise in Mexico where the franchise is its highest-grossing film series till date.
The Spanish-language animation performed supremely well at its 320 locations, averaging over $1,300 per screen, which is a remarkable feat for an animated kids flick. With the latest numbers in, the Alatriste brothers-directed film has grossed $430K in its opening weekend. Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and Austin areas were Rescate’s best markets.
Un Rescate De Huevitos is a sequel to 2015’s Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos (A Rooster With Many Eggs) and the fourth film in the Huevos franchise overall. The latest tale follows a rooster named Toto (Bruno Bichir) who goes on a rescue mission to free his egg children Max and Uly after they were stolen to become part of a millionaires’ food event in Africa.
“Animated films have enjoyed varying degrees of success particularly throughout the pandemic era as parents weigh the benefits of the escapism that taking the family out to see a movie can deliver while balancing that against health concerns and also the convenience of watching such films at home can provide,” said Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.
He further added, “Interestingly, the Pantelion title transcended possible parental concerns about the pandemic and benefitted from a great trailer, a fun concept and as the follow up to 2015’s hit Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos had great brand equity that made it a must see in theaters event for many family movie-goers.”
Other top Latin American talent lending their voices to the film includes Maite Perroni, Miguel Rodarte, Mauricio Barrientos, and Angélica Vale.