'Sisterakas' on track to be all-time highest grossing PH film

Posted at 01/05/13 3:58 PM

Comedy flick's box-office take breaches P300-M

MANILA, Philippines -- The blockbuster comedy film starring Kris Aquino, Ai Ai delas Alas and Vice Ganda is now on track to becoming the Philippines' highest grossing film of all time.

After only 11 days in cinemas nationwide, "Sisterakas" has earned over P300 million, according to Aquino.

In a post on micro-blogging site Twitter, the actress-host said on Saturday, "Sisterakas as of Jan 4, 2013 Grand Total: P300,263,229.84 Thank You very much!"

Along with seven other entries to the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), the Wenn V. Deramas-directed film opened in theaters nationwide on Christmas Day.

With its total box-office take thus far, "Sisterakas" is poised to bump off the country's current all-time highest grossing film "The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin."

Also directed by Deramas and featuring Vice Ganda, "Praybeyt Benjamin" (2011) earned P331.61 million after its local theatrical run, according to data from box office tracking service Box Office Mojo.

"Sisterakas" has already overtaken "No Other Woman", another Star Cinema and Viva Films co-production, to rank second in the list of the country's highest grossing films. Released in 2011, the drama film had a total box-office take of P278.39 million.

The 2012 romance-drama film "The Mistress" (previously third) had a total box-office take of P262.82 million. Another Vice Ganda-starrer released earlier last year, "This Guy's In Love with U Mare!" (previously fourth) had a total gross of P249.09 million.

Meanwhile, in its latest release of official box office results, the 2012 MMFF committee ranked the fantasy-comedy film "Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at Si Ako" second, after "Sisterakas."

According to MMFF's data of total eight-day earnings (as of January 1), "Sisterakas" was still the leading film entry with P231.9 million, followed by "Enteng" (P104.5 million); the family drama "One More Try" (P91.3 million); and the horror film "Shake, Rattle & Roll 14" (P34.6 million).

The box office figures of the four other film entries -- "The Strangers," "El Presidente," "Sosy Problems" and "Thy Womb" -- were not disclosed.