'One More Try' director doesn't equate sales with success

Posted at 12/27/2012 4:34 PM | Updated as of 12/28/2012 10:56 AM
The cast of "One More Try" during the MMFF parade last December 23.

MANILA, Philippines – Director Ruel Bayani admitted he is not expecting his latest movie “One More Try” to outdo the box office success of his earlier film “No Other Woman.”

“If you ask me, do I expect it to be bigger and more successful than ‘No Other Woman,’ no,” the director told Push.com.ph.

Bayani said it is hard to compare the earnings of the two movies since “One More Try” is part of a film festival, while the other one wasn’t.

The box-office director said he does not want to measure a film’s success only through its earnings.

“Ayaw kong sanayin ang sarili ko at ang mga taong katabi na ang sukatan ng success ay perang kikitain ng pelikula, kasi bata pa ako eh, ayaw ko pang tanggapin 'yan kasi talaga. So kapag ang pelikula kumita ng ganon kalakas pero hindi maganda kailangan sambahin ng industriya?” he said.

“I really don’t mind if people will criticize my movie or all my movies because I can criticize them as well. Kaya ko rin makahanap ng maraming pintas at butas. The point is ‘yun ‘yung best na magagawa ko at a given time, at a given context ng sitwasyon na ‘yon. Kung naniniwala ako na I gave it everything I have, then ‘yun na ‘yon. Wala nang regret,” Bayani added.

"No Other Woman" is currently the highest grossing Filipino drama movie of all time, according to Star Cinema.

Starring Cristine Reyes, Derek Ramsay and Anne Curtis, ABS-CBN's movie outfit said the film earned almost P220 million in ticket sales during its three-week run in 2011.

The film earned at least P15 million in ticket sales during its opening day.

“One More Try,” on the other hand, ranked third among the eight entries in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.

With P8,808,249.00 opening-day earnings in Metro Manila and P4,352,738.40 in provincial theaters, the film starring Angel Locsin, Dingdong Dantes, Angelica Panganiban and Zanjoe Marudo grossed P13,160,987.40 on Christmas Day.