With every new offering, Star Cinema has sought to tell stories that warm the heart, touch the soul, make us ponder, or drive us to laughter.
Yet it is during the Metro Manila Film Festival that it goes for more even epic proportions in hopes of giving Filipino families an exciting movie experience during the holidays.
This translates to how well Star Cinema’s MMFF entries have performed at the box office. In fact, from 2009 to 2013, its entries have collectively earned over P2 billion!
Let’s break them down one by one.
“I Love You, Goodbye” (Angelica Panganiban, Gabby Concepcion, Kim Chiu, and Derek Ramsay) made P116,154,893 overall (P66,242,303 in Metro Manila; P49,912,591 provincial). It was hailed Second Best Picture at the festival that year.
“Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last Na To),” which swept awards at the MMFF including Best Picture, Best Actress for Ai Ai delas Alas, and Best Director for Wenn Deramas, earned P187,644,064 (P98,437,290 in Metro Manila; P89,206,773 provincial).
“Dalaw” (Kris Aquino, Diether Ocampo), meanwhile, made P118,358,819 (P66,098,927 in Metro Manila; P52,259,892 provincial).
Second Best Picture “Enteng Ng Ina Mo” (Vic Sotto, Ai Ai delas Alas) got a total of P260,088,780 (P132,483,388 in Metro Manila; P127,605,392 provincial).
“Segunda Mano,” starring Kris Aquino and 2011 MMFF Best Actor Dingdong Dantes, registered P135,120,562 at the box office (P69,876,173 in Metro Manila; P65,244,389 provincial).
The Angel Locsin-Dingdong Dantes-Angelica Panganiban-Zanjoe Marudo starrer “One More Try” reaped P204,255,920 (P105,625,038 in Metro Manila; P98,630,881 provincial). Dingdong also won Best Actor at the MMFF for his performance in this drama.
“Sisterakas,” which features the power trio of Vice Ganda, Kris Aquino, and Ai Ai delas Alas, raked in a total of P393,439,711, making it one of the highest-grossing Filipino films of all time (P185,727,466 in Metro Manila; P207,712,245 provincial).
Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla’s first horror movie as a love team, “Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay,” was a hit at the tills as well, collecting P182,750,969 in receipts (P87,752,439 in Metro Manila; P94,998,530 provincial). It won the Youth Choice Award at the 2013 MMFF.
Holding the record as the highest-grossing Filipino movie of all time, “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy” has earnings amounting to P436,044,343 (P192,308,999 in Metro Manila; P243,735,344 provincial). The Vice Ganda starrer took home major awards such as Best Actress for Maricel Soriano, Second Best Picture, and the Gender Sensitivity Award.
These nine movies have earned a total of P2,033,858,061.
Star Cinema’s entries to the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival are likewise lording over the box office. “The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin,” starring Vice Ganda, earned P268,271,380 in the first week, and is now the all-time first-day top grosser in local history, opening at P53.3 million.
As of Jan. 4, the family comedy has already made P365 million.
Meanwhile, horror film “Feng Shui” closed its first week at P139,902,850. It now has more than P200 million in earnings, making it the top-grossing Filipino film of all time.
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