MMFF 2012 sets box office record

By Reyma Buan-Deveza,

Posted at Jan 07 2013 04:29 PM | Updated as of Jan 08 2013 09:47 AM

Kris Aquino, Vice Ganda and Ai Ai delas Alas in "Sisterakas."
MANILA, Philippines -- Although this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is still ongoing, it has already set a new record of P702 million in ticket sales, beating last year's P636 million.

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chief Francis Tolentino announced the new record in an in an interview with on Monday.

"Definitely na break na namin yung last year. As of 1 p.m. today na break na namin. Nag-P702 million na 'yung buong gross ng festival. Last year ay P636 million lang. So, mayroon pang one day to go bukas (Tuesday)," Tolentino said.

Meanwhile, Tolentino refused to confirm if the comedy film "Sisterakas" is now the country's top-grossing film of all time.

There have been reports on social media on Monday afternoon that 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.

Tolentino said the MMDA, which organizes the annual film fest, will release other details on Tuesday.

"Bukas ko ilalabas kasi last day bukas (Tuesday)," he said.

Before Monday, 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); the family drama "One More Try" (P91.3 million); and the horror film "Shake, Rattle & Roll 14" (P34.6 million).

As of Saturday, January 5, Aquino said on Twitter that "Sisterakas" has already grossed over P320 million in nationwide earnings after 12 days and is on track to beat the record set by "The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin" which made P331.61 million when it was released in 2011.

Jointly produced by Star Cinema and Viva films, "Sisterakas" is now the second all-time highest grossing local film.