MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 07: Actor Gael Garcia Bernal attends the “No” photocall at the Golem cinema on February 7, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo/Getty Images)

Gael García Bernal film “No” sees high revenue at box office opening weekend

American moviegoers have said “yes” to one of the year’s most critically acclaimed foreign films of the year, earning “No” high revenues during its release this weekend in four theaters nationwide.

According to IndieWire, Sony Pictures Classics’s release of “No” during President’s Day Weekend earned $74,476 for a $18,619 average, which the industry publication calls “a very strong number for a foreign release.”

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“No” stars Gael García Bernal as an advertising salesman who works on a campaign to persuade Chileans to vote against Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s repressive regime in 1988 Chile.

The Chilean movie is directed by Pablo Larraín and is based on a play by Chilean novelist and former exile Antonio Skármeta.

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“No” – which has earned critical acclaim by film critics from outlets such as the New York Times and Los Angeles Times – is nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

The film joins representation from Latinos in three other categories at the 85th Annual Academy Awards: Paco Delgado from Barcelona, Spain nominated for Best Costume Design for “Les Misérables,” Jose Antonio Garcia for Best Sound Mixing for “Argo” and Chilean cinematographer Claudio Miranda for Best Cinematographer in “Life of Pi.”

The 85th Annual Academy Awards will be broadcast Sunday, Feb. 24 on ABC.

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