'Sisterakas' box-office balloons to P265M

Posted at 01/03/2013 3:35 PM | Updated as of 01/03/2013 8:41 PM

'Strangers', 'Shake, Rattle & Roll' neck and neck

MANILA, Philippines -- From an opening-day box-office take of P39 million, the comedy blockbuster "Sisterakas" has turned in over P265 million in nationwide earnings after nine days in theaters, according to one of its lead stars.

The 38th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry directed by Wenn V Deramas has earned P265,765,433.26 at the close of screenings on January 2, Kris Aquino said.

The actress-host shared the news on Wednesday on micro-blogging site Twitter. "Sisterakas: Closing sales Jan 2 Grand Total P265,765,433.26 Thank you very much! To God be the glory," she said.

Along with seven other entries to the annual film festival, "Sisterakas" opened nationwide on Christmas Day.

The nine-day earnings of the Vice Ganda and Ai Ai delas Alas movie now places it in the top five all-time highest grossing local films.

According to data from box office tracking service Box Office Mojo, the romance-drama film "The Mistress" (previously third) had a total box office take of P262.82 million. Another Vice Ganda-starrer, "This Guy's In Love with U Mare!" (previously fourth) had a total gross of P249.09 million.

"The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin," also directed by Deremas and featuring Vice Ganda, remains the highest grossing local film of all time with P331.61 million, followed by the romance-drama "No Other Woman" with P278.39 million.

2 horror films neck and neck

Meanwhile, another Star Cinema entry to the 38th MMFF trails "Sisterakas." As of December 31, the seventh day of the annual film fest, Best Picture winner "One More Try" has reportedly earned P131.7 million nationwide, according to a website, citing "unofficial" data.

Initially in second place on opening day, the fantasy-comedy film "Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at Si Ako" is now behind "One More Try," with a seven-day box office take of P96.9 million.

Two horror film entries, the long-running film anthology "Shake, Rattle & Roll 14" and "The Strangers" are in fourth and fifth place, respectively, as in earlier box office rankings. "The Strangers," which features several Kapamilya stars, has managed to narrow the gap in total earnings with P79.6 million as of December 31, compared to the Regal Films entry, which has made P79.9 million during the same period.

Ranking fifth in the list of seven-day earnings is the comedy film "Sosy Problems" (P42.3 million), the Emilio Aguinaldo biopic "El Presidente" (P33.2 million), and the internationally acclaimed film "Thy Womb" (P13.4 million).

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), which organizes the annual film festival, has yet to report updated box-office results. The last time the agency released earnings figures was on December 27, when it reported grosses for the first two days of the film fest.