'Praybeyt Benjamin' earnings reach P400M


Posted at Jan 08 2015 04:54 PM | Updated as of Jan 09 2015 12:54 AM

'Praybeyt Benjamin' earnings reach P400M 1 'The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin' star Vice Ganda greets fans during the MMFF Parade of Stars in December. FILE/Nimfa Chua for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA - "The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin" has breached the P400-million milestone at the box office, according to lead star Vice Ganda.

During the live episode of "It's Showtime" on Thursday, the comedian said the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry earned P402 million after the close of nationwide screenings on Wednesday.

Vice Ganda added that, as of Thursday, the comedy film co-starring Bimby Aquino-Yap is still showing in over 100 cinemas across the country.

The box-office take of "Benjamin" so far puts it on track to beat another Vice Ganda-starrer and MMFF entry, "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy," as the highest grossing Philippine film of all time.

Also directed by Wenn Deramas, the film about four siblings of both sexes and different sexual orientations grossed P456 million during its run, according to Vice Ganda.

Last Tuesday, MMFF executive committee head Francis Tolentino announced that the 2014 edition of the annual event has already earned P949 million nationwide, as of January 5, setting a new record.

The 2013 MMFF earned P936 million in the same period.

According to Tolentino, "The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin" remained the top-earning entry, followed by the horror sequel "Feng Shui," Vic Sotto and Ryzza Mae Dizon's "My Big Bossing," and the romantic-comedy "English Only, Please."