The new Spanish feature Tad the Lost Explorer is gaining momentum all over the world. Studio Canal sold Enrique Gato’s 3D-animated pic to China (Leomus), Russia (Carmen), Germany (Atlas), Italy (Eagle), Eastern Europe (SPI), Benelux (Belga) and Switzerland (Impulse). El Toro Pictures’ producer Jordi Gasull told Variety that Leomus will open the movie in China on Sept. 14 on more than 2,500 screens. Gasull produced the movie with creator Nicolas Matji, Edmon Roch’s Ikiru Films, Telecinco Cinema, Lightbox Entertainment and Telefonica Producciones. A warm-hearted spoof of Indiana Jones-type adventures, the movie centers on good-guy Tad Jones, a frustrated construction worker who dreams of becoming a dashing archeologist. His fantasies become reality after he pairs up with a feisty young woman and searches for Inca treasure and fighting unscrupulous treasure-hunters.
Media Networks will distribute the film in Latin America, which is based on Gato’s award-winning 2008 short Tadeo Jones and the Basement of Doom. Paramount Pictures released Tad in Spain last Friday in 500 theaters. According to early Rentrak reports, the film is expected to bring in close to 2.9 million euros during its first weekend of release. This will make the film on the same level as, Ice Age 4, which was the country’s second biggest opener of 2012. (Spain’s most popular opening of the year is the live-action feature. While looking into the box office reports, the experts have stated that, they are expecting something more from the feature. They also stated that, as the results are going up the scale, it is expected that Tad will earn good mark of revenue.