MMFF 2013 shatters all previous records at box office

By Miguel Dumaual,

Posted at Jan 04 2014 05:29 PM | Updated as of Jan 05 2014 04:01 AM

Ryzza Mae Dizon, seen here with 'My Little Bossings' co-star Bimby Yap, Jr., accepts her Best Child Performer trophy at the 39th MMFF awards night held last December 27. Photo by Nimfa Chua for

'My Little Bossings,' 'Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy' lead earnings

MANILA -- The 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is now the most successful edition of the 39-year-old event, organizers said Saturday, as it broke all its previous box office records after only 10 days in theaters.

The main competition of the film festival, which opened Christmas Day with eight entries, has already earned P815 million nationwide as of January 3, Metro Manila Development Authority chairperson Francis Tolentino told ABS-CBN News in a text message.

This figure is P200 million or 34.3% higher than the MMFF's gross earnings at the same point last year, which was at P608 million, according to Tolentino.

"All records broken," the MMDA official said, referring to the previous day-to-day and total earnings of the festival nationwide. "[This is the] most successful MMFF so far."

The 2012 MMFF, at the end of its 14-day run, turned in a total of P767.8 million. To compare, the 2011 edition of the festival earned P636.7 million in the same period.

Comedy films dominate box office

'Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy' star Vice Ganda, seen here with director Wenn Deramas, accepts the film's 2nd Best Picture trophy at the 39th MMFF awards night held last December 27. Photo by Nimfa Chua for

According to Tolentino, still ranking as the four top earners in this year's MMFF, in order, are "My Little Bossings" and "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy," comedy flicks which won 3rd and 2nd Best Picture, respectively; the lone horror film entry "Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay"; and the Eugene Domingo-starrer "Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel."

The rankings of the four remaining entries were not disclosed.

Notably, "10,000 Hours," which won 14 trophies including Best Director for Joyce Bernal and Best Actor for Robin Padilla at the December 27 awards night, has yet to break into the top four at the box office.

On Friday, the respective producers of "My Little Bossings" and "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy" reported that the films have both breached the P300 million mark in earnings. Combined, the two crowd favorites account for at least P600 million of the 10-day earnings of the MMFF.

The other entries in the main competition are the dance musical "Kaleidoscope World," the historical biopic "Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir," and the action flick "Boy Golden: The Arturo Porcuna Story."