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Director Gabriela Tagliavini Breaks Box-Office Records Again


L.A.-based helmer-scribe Tagliavini’s comedy “How To Break Up With Your Douchebag”
is #1 in the Mexican box-office, beating “Blade Runner” from the top post.

Some new Mexican box office history has been made as the film gained 40 million Mexican pesos (more than $2 million dollars) opening weekend, giving it the highest Mexican movie box office total of 2017, according to comScore. The movie’s budget was 30 million pesos (less than $2million dollars), so its budget has been recuperated in 3 days.

The award-winning director, Gabriela Tagliavini, helmed Disney’s hit comedy, “Ladies’ Night” that was the #1 the top grossing film in 2004 in all Mexico.  Tagliavini directed 6 films, including “Without Men” starring Eva Longoria, Kate del Castillo and Christian Slater, and “Border Run” starring Sharon Stone, Miguel Rodarte and Billy Zane.

“How To Break Up With Your Douchebag” takes its cue from such femme-centered laffers as “Bridesmaids” and “Trainwreck.” Pic centers on a woman who makes a living from breaking up couples and who decides to take on the task of splitting up her sister’s relationship with her jerk of a boyfriend.

Pic stars Mariana Trevino (Netflix’s “Club de Cuervos”), Camila Sodi (“Bufalo de la Noche,” “Ninas Mal”), Sebastian Zurita (“Ciudadano Buelna,” “Corazon Salvaje”) and Christopher Uckerman (Fox’s “Kdabra” and an Rbd band member).

Its Mexican distributor, Videocine, the theatrical distribution arm of Televisa which partners Lionsgate in Pantelion, released the film in 1,2000 screens, to increase the print-run of the film to levels reserved for major Hollywood blockbusters.

The movie follows Mexican the success of the 2013 smash-hit “Instructions Not Included,” and 2016’s “Que Culpe Tiene el Nino”?. The recent success of local hits in Mexico has helped in recent years to justify a massive growth in the number of theaters across the country. It may also suggest a shift away from the near absolute choke-hold that Hollywood blockbusters.

The producer Leonardo Zimbron, former Warner Bros. Mexico exec, has produced a number of box office hits, led by 2013 Mexican blockbuster “Nosotros los Nobles,” and has produced at Alzaraki Ent. Netflix’s “Club de Cuervos” with producing partner Monica Vargas Celis.

“Most women have dated a douchebag at least once in their dating career, and there are around 130 million women living in the United States… so that’s an awful lot of douchebags,” Tagliavini joked.

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