Star Cinema dominates MMFF box office
'One More Try' tops 'Enteng' to finish at No. 2
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) Star Cinema dominated the recently concluded 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), taking the top two spots in the box office rankings.
In its official Twitter account on Thursday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), which is in charge of the MMFF, reported that Star Cinema and Viva FIlms' "Sisterakas" turned in P342 million during the film fest's 14-day run, making it the country's top-grossing local film of all time.
The blockbuster comedy starring Kris Aquino, Vice Ganda and Ai Ai delas Alas has already overtaken "The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin" as the all-time box-office champ among local releases. It also set the record for the biggest opening day earnings for a local movie with P39 million
Coming in second was "One More Try," another entry from Star Cinema. The MMDA said the festival Best Picture winner earned a total of P170.5 million during the two-week period.
Headlined by Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban, Dingdong Dantes and Zanjoe Marudo, "One More Try" overtook erstwhile second-placer "Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at Si Ako" which finished the MMFF at third place with grosses of P133.5 million.
Meanwhile, the horror movie "Shake, Rattle, and Roll 14" was a distant fourth, earning a total of P45.3 million.
The MMDA didn't release box-office figures for the other four entries -- "The Strangers," "El Presidente," "Sosy Problems" and "Thy Womb."
Before Thursday, the last official box office update provided by the MMDA was for the period of December 25 to January 1, which showed "Sisterakas" leading the pack with P231.9 million, followed by "Enteng" (P104.5 million); "One More Try" (P91.3 million); and the horror film "Shake, Rattle & Roll 14" (P34.6 million).
The MMDA said this year's MMFF was a huge sucess, setting a record-breaking P767.8 million total gross for the eight entries -- or 21% higher compared to the 2011 record of P636.7 million.
"The overwhelming support of the movie-going public proves that the films are all impressive," MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said in a separate statement. Tolentino is also the concurrent head of the MMFF Executive Committee.
Apart from the mainstream MMFF, the New Wave Section, which ran from December 18 to 24 in Glorietta Cinemas also did well, the MMDA said. Five independent feature films were shown together with the 10 student short films.
That's why Tolentino believes the 2013 edition of the annual film fest may even beat this year's record success.
"We are optimistic that we can duplicate the same feat for this year's MMFF, if not surpass it, with the participation of the movie producers who will showcase quality films and the support of the movie-going public," Tolentino said.
According to the MMDA, proceeds from the MMFF will go to a number of beneficiaries in the film industry such as the Mowelfund, Film Academy of the Philippines, Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council, Optical Media Board, and Film Development Council of the Philippines.
A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the victims of typhoon "Pablo" in Compostela Valley and Negros Oriental, it added.