Specialty box office: Another Spanish-language comedy hits gold

The new "Pulling Strings" became the second big Spanish-language hit to crack America's top ten box office this weekend. Credit: Pantelion
The new “Pulling Strings” became the second big Spanish-language hit to crack America’s top ten box office this weekend.
Credit: Pantelion

Two monster specialty hits from the same country isn’t really a trend, but like “Instructions Not Included,” the new Mexican film “Pulling Strings” pulled in a boffo numbers this weekend, according to Indiewire. Both films are Spanish-language comedies that proved there’s an audience in North America that’s been traditionally ignored.

Directed by Jamie Camil, the film — about the romance between a Mexican mariachi and an American embassy employee — pulled in $2.5 million, enough for it to crack the national top ten. That’s not “Instructions Not Included” numbers. (That film’s cume now stands at $41,266,096.) But its per screen average — $6,460 — is nothing to sneeze at.

Also doing strong business, and surprisingly so, was “A Touch of Sin,” the latest from Chinese minimalist Jia Zhang-ke, who usually does fiction-documentary hybrids, which are critical of his nation, like “Still Life” and “24 City.” “Sin” is more traditional, but still very much a Jia film. It grossed $24,000 from two theaters for the best average this weekend of a film that wasn’t “Gravity.”

As for other newbies, the lesbian dramedy “Concussion” racked up $8,216 from a single screen. The Adam Scott-starring “A.C.O.D.” did $20,047 from three theaters for a $6,682 average.

For holdovers, “Enough Said” — the rom-com with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini, in one of his last performances — also cracked the overall top ten. Expanding to 437 theaters, it made $2.1 million for a $4,920 average. Its total stands at $5.3 million, with no end in sight.


Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.


Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.


OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…


Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."


Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."


'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…


Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.


Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.


Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…


Rangers' speed versus Flyers' size makes interesting playoff…

Among the myriad aspects that will make this Metropolitan Division semifinal series fascinating will be the battle between the Rangers' speed and the Flyers' size,…


VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.


#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.


Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.


Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.