'Sisterakas' widens lead in box-office

Posted at 12/27/2012 4:26 PM | Updated as of 12/28/2012 10:53 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- The 38th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry starring Kris Aquino, Ai Ai delas Alas and Vice Ganda has doubled its lead in nationwide box-office over its nearest competitor after two days in theaters.

The Wenn V. Deramas-directed film "Sisterakas" continues to rank first in the list of the highest-earning entries to the yearly film festival, two days since all eight participating movies opened on Christmas Day in theaters nationwide.

At the close of screening in Metro Manila and provincial theaters last Wednesday, "Sisterakas" has turned in a nationwide two-day gross of P71.2 million, according to data from the film fest organizer Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

The figure is almost double the comedy flick's total first-day earnings of P39.2 million.

From an approximate lead of P10 million over the fantasy-comedy film "Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at Si Ako" after their first day in theaters nationwide, the Star Cinema film is now leading by P23.8 million.

Still ranking No. 2 in the list of nationwide top-grossers as of Wednesday, "Si Agimat" has turned in P47.4 million in earnings from Metro Manila and provincial theaters after two days.

Starring Judy Ann Santos, Vic Sotto and Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr., the movie's first-day gross nationwide was P29.4 million.

The drama movie, "One More Try" starring Dingdong Dantes, Angelica Panganiban, Angel Locsin, and Zanjoe Marudo, managed to turn in more than P10 million on top of its first-day earnings of P13.1 million nationwide.

The Ruel Bayani-directed film, which is also a Star Cinema entry, has grossed P24.3 million in Metro Manila as well as provincial theaters as of Wednesday.

Now on its 14th installment -- its eighth consecutive entry to the annual MMFF -- "Shake, Rattle & Roll" ranks fourth in the list of second-day top-grossers nationwide. It has so far garnered P16.7 million.

As of posting, no data for the second-day earnings of the other four film entries has been released.

At Christmas Day closing, the remaining four film ranked as follows in terms of nationwide earnings: "The Strangers," "El Presidente," "Sosy Problems," "Thy Womb."

According to MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino, MMFF requires participating theaters in Metro Manila to give equal screening opportunities to all film entries at the start of the film fest. The number of screenings per film, however, may be subject to "sliding" or adjustment based on the earnings of each movie.

Tolentino, in an earlier interview, also said provincial theaters are not within the jurisdiction of the MMFF. Thus, equal screening opportunities for the film entries may not be ensured at opening day and in subsequent screenings.

The awards night of the 38th MMFF will be held on Thursday at the Meralco Theater in Ortigas.

Entries to the film fest will run in theaters until January 8, 2013.