Pirates Toon Scores Mexican Bounty

The new 3D animated feature, Pirates en el Pacifico (Pirates in the Pacific), plundered some box office booty with its debut in Mexico. According to Daily Variety, the first theatrical release from television network TV Azteca, in partnership Cinepolis, raked in around $260,000 on 100 screens, besting Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle and competing live-action family flicks.

Made for roughly half a million dollars by Peruvian production outfit AlpaMayo Ent., Pirates is expected to take in a tidy $2 million at the box office before arriving on U.S. soil this fall. Azteca America will begin distributing the film in Los Angeles in October. The toon previously ran in very limited release in Lima and Bolivia

AplaMayo’s film Dragones (Dragons), will be distributed by TV Azteca next year. The broadcaster is actively acquiring other independent productions for its fledgling film production and distribution arm.