'It Takes a Man and a Woman' trails 'Sisterakas,' 'Benjamin'
MANILA – The third installment in the series of romantic-comedy films starring John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo is poised to become the second highest grossing Filipino movie after only two weeks in theaters.
"It Takes a Man and a Woman" is now on track to bump off the comedy flick "The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin" as the second all-time highest grossing local film, after it earned at least P300 million within its first two weeks in cinemas nationwide.
The box-office figure was disclosed Saturday on micro-blogging site Twitter by Star Cinema advertising and promotions manager Mico del Rosario.
Starring Vice Ganda and directed by Wenn V. Deramas, "Praybeyt Benjamin" reportedly earned P331 million during its theatrical run in 2011.
It places second in terms of total box-office earnings to another Deramas film "Sisterakas," which featured the trio of Vice Ganda, Kris Aquino and Ai Ai delas Alas as lead stars.
Released as an entry to the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival, "Sisterakas" reportedly earned P391 million during its run in cinemas nationwide, making it the all-time highest grossing Filipino film.
All three top-grossers -- "Sisterakas," "Praybeyt Benjamin," and "It Takes a Man and a Woman," in order -- are co-productions of Star Cinema and Viva Films, which will both be given the Most Popular Film Producers recognition at the 44th Box-Office Entertainment Awards.
Cruz, who will be given the Box Office King title by the same award-giving body on May 19, earlier said it is "difficult to say" whether "It Takes a Man and a Woman" will manage to beat the record of "Sisterakas."
"Hindi ko alam, mahirap sabihin, because when 'Sisterakas' was shown, ano 'yun eh, film fest. Ngayon, matindi pa ang competition, ang daming summer big movies na paparating habang magpe-play kami, so I don't know.
"Hindi ko alam kung ano mangyayari, pero siyempre andoon 'yung... umaasa tayo na magtuluy-tuloy," he said.
Due to the massive success of "It Takes a Man and a Woman," both Cruz and Geronimo have been asked whether a fourth film featuring their characters Miggy and Laida is planned to be produced.
Following the box-office successes of "A Very Special Love" (2008) and "You Changed My Life" (2009), the third big-screen installment, which was also directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina and written by Carmi Raymundo, has been referred to as the conclusion of the Miggy-Laida love story.
While both Cruz and Geronimo have expressed willingness to do yet another sequel, both Kapamilya stars said it will be at the condition of having "a good script and material."