Santiago Segura has done it again. The director, screenwriter, producer and actor brought the García family back to theaters on July 14, and the public has once again raised them to first place at the box office. ‘Father there is only one 3’ unseats ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ and becomes number 1 of the weekendbringing together more than half a million viewers, according to Sony Pictures.
The family comedy has also been able to improve the premieres of its two predecessors. It has grossed 78% more than ‘Padre no hay más que uno’ at its premiere in 2019 and 44% more than ‘Padre no hay más que uno 2’ in 2020. It hasn’t cost him anything to win the title of the strongest Spanish premiere of the year, beating ‘Alcarràs’. In fact, it would have exceeded the total that Carla Simón’s film has accumulated in its eleven weeks at the box office, without detracting from the more than 2 million euros that an independent feature film has managed to add at a time when adult audiences are quite reluctant back to the rooms. In addition to the best Spanish premiere of the year, it is the best debut of a Spanish film in times of pandemic.
And we can go even further back, because ‘Father there is no more than one 3’ has achieved the best premiere of a Spanish film since 2016, when ‘A monster comes to see me’ by Juan Antonio Bayona was released and he did it with a spectacular 3.6 million euros. The estimate for the Santiago Segura film for the weekend is 2.19 million euros, which would rise to 3.1 million euros if we also count Thursday, according to El Diario.es. The Bayonne, yes, achieved that figure from Friday to Sunday. If we stick only to the weekend of ‘Padre no hay más que uno 3’, it would be the best premiere of Spanish cinema since ‘Superlópez’ in 2018which made 2.3 million euros.
Will it get a better total than its predecessors?
The first objectives of ‘Father there is no more than one 3’ will be to exceed the total collections of the two previous installments. ‘Father there is only one’ ended its run with 13.68 million euros, and ‘Father there is no more than one 2’ went on to raise 11 million euros in the post-confinement summer. The film has a whole summer ahead in which cinemas do not have capacity restrictions, so overcoming the challenge is more than possible.