MANILA, Philippines – The gross sales from the 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival surged to a record high of P530 million, beating the film fest’s 2009 ticket sales of P437 million, an MMFF official said Sunday.
In an interview with state-run radio dzRB, Ric Camaligan said the total gross receipts of the recently concluded MMFF rose 21 percent, with "Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote" being the top earner among 8 official entries.
"Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote," a Vic Sotto and Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. starrer, earned P159 million. It was produced by Imus Productions and co-produced by OctoArts Films, GMA Films, APT Entertainment and M-Zet Productions.
Ai-Ai delas Alas’s award-winning movie, “Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na ‘To,” followed closely, grossing a total of P157 million.
Camalig said the comedy film’s earnings significantly climbed after the awards night wherein it took home 8 major prizes, including best picture, best director and best actress for delas Alas.
Horror flicks “Dalaw” and “Shake, Rattle & Roll XII” completed the top 4 big earners, with Kris Aquino’s film earning P96 million and Regal Entertainment’s movie raking in a total of P50 million.
Dolphy’s “Father Jejemon,” which got caught in a controversy, was at the bottom of the list, according to Camaligan. The MMFF official, however, did not provide any figure.
Angry Catholics had forced the King of Comedy to delete scenes of “Father Jejemon” deemed deeply offensive to the country's dominant religion.
“Shake, Rattle & Roll XII” was followed by “RPG Metanoia,” the country’s first full-length 3D animation, “Super Inday and the Magic Bibe,” “Rosario” and “Father Jejemon.”
In 2008, Camaligan said the total ticket sales was P451 million. -With Agence France-Presse