|Luis Manzano, Toni Gonzaga and Vice Ganda. File photo
MANILA, Philippines -- The comedy movie "This Guy's In Love With You Mare" earned an estimated P23 million during its first day of release in theaters nationwide on Wednesday, Star Cinema said on Thursday.
"We made P23 million on the first day of 'This Guy's In Love With You Mare.' To God be the glory," Mico del Rosario, advertising and promotions manager of Star Cinema, told ABS-CBNnews.com.
The opening-day take of the Star Cinema and Viva Entertainment offering matches the first-day numbers of Star Cinema's drama "The Mistress," which also grossed P23 million when it opened on September 12.
The John Lloyd Cruz-Bea Alonzo starrer went on to earn P300 million worldwide.
Starring the "box-office trio" of Toni Gonzaga, Vice Ganda and Luis Manzano, the comedy flick tells the story of a heart-broken gay man, Marce (Vice Ganda), who tries to come between his former lover (Manzano) and his fiancee (Gonzaga). To do this, Marce pretends to be a straight man who tries to win the heart of Gonzaga's character.
"This Guy's in Love with You Mare" is director Wenn V. Deramas's follow-up to the all-time highest-grossing local film "The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin," which also starred Ganda.
On "KrisTV" on Thursday, Vice Ganda said he finds his new film even funnier that his previous movies -- "Petrang Kabayo" and "The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin," which remains the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time.
"Sinabi ko talaga kasi napanood ko na 'yung pelikula. Noong ginagawa pa lang namin, alam ko na na mas maganda ito sa 'Praybeyt Benjamin.' Dati nga noong shino-shoot namin yung 'Praybeyt Benjamin 'nagsumbong ako kay Ogie Diaz -- siya pa 'yung manager ko -- sabi ko, 'Og ang dami na naming nakukunan sa pelikula na ito pero hindi pa din ako natatawa.' Nagulat ako kasi noong pinalabas ay ang ganda, ang daming nakakatawa na pinalabas," Ganda said.
"Pero itong 'This Guy's In Love With You Mare' umpisa pa lang tawa na kami ng tawa. Halos lahat ng eksenang ginawa namin ay nakakatawa. Kung nakakatawa 'yung 'Praybeyt Benjamin' tatlong beses ito talaga, promise nakakatawa talaga. Sabi ko sa kanila kung di kayo matatawa dito sa 'This Guy's In Love With You Mare' i-unfollow niyo na ako sa Twitter, promise. Kampante talaga ako, promise," Vice Ganda said.
The first-day earnings of "This Guy's in Love With You Mare" were just slightly lower that those of "Praybeyt Benjamin," which earned an estimated P23.9 million when it opened last year.