ACTION thriller El Niño is poised to rake in more than $10 million (€7.7 million) at the Spanish box office.

Only six films – five from Hollywood – have taken more than $10 million in Spain this year, led by Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie, which took $17.1 million (€13.2 million).

One of the most ambitious Spanish films ever, in terms of action sequences, El Niño maps a small-time drug dealer’s spectacular crossings of the Straits of Gibraltar.

El Niño could be set to become one of the two highest-grossing films of the year, according to the CEO of Telecinco Cinema, Ghislain Barrois.

“It’s clear that Spanish audiences are fed-up with typical Hollywood superheroes,” he said.

“On the other hand, because they’ve had so few of them, they’re interested in Spanish stories.

“If you provide the right story, despite the depressed market, the audience will follow.”

Directed by Daniel Monzon, who also created Cell 211 – a massive hit that took $15.9 million (€12.3 million) – the film has received high praise from critics worldwide.

It follows Ocho Apellidos Bascos, or ‘Spanish Affair’, which was also co-produced by Telecinco and took an incredible $73.8 million (€57 million) in Spain, the highest- grossing domestic film ever.


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