ByJase Peeples, writer at
Jase Peeples

Director J.A. Bayona’s latest movie, A Monster Calls, is proving to be an international box-office beast.

The film has recently become the highest-grossing movie of 2016 in Spain, earning an impressive $24.4 million (and counting) – surpassing previous top dog The Secret Life of Pets.

While the film’s early international success is impressive, it’s not surprising.

Based on the heartbreaking book of the same name by Patrick Ness, the adaptation (also written by Ness) snagged an all-star cast that includes fan-favorite actors Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, and Liam Neeson and has received generally positive reviews.

Additionally, it currently holds an 84 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Lewis MacDougall, the young star of the movie, has also been garnering rave reviews for his powerful performance. So grab a box of tissues along with your Twizzlers, because this one is bound to make you ugly cry in the tradition E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and Finding Neverland when it hits U.S. theaters (and American audiences in the feels) later this month.

may not be able to enjoy its reign as the Spanish box office king of 2016 for long, however. Both Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them as well as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have yet to be released in the country.

A monster movie throw-down is imminent, but Bayona is considered by many fans to be the Spielberg of Spain, having directed three of the six biggest hit movies of all time in the country.

A Monster Calls won’t give up its Spanish box-office crown easily.

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The impressive performance of the film in Spain is just one more promising sign for those who have been anticipating its release stateside.

Does the the news about the monster box-office haul in Spain make you want to see A Monster Calls even more than you did before? Sound off in the comments below.


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