Despite Kitsch, 'John Carter' is top PH film


Posted at Mar 18 2012 03:04 PM | Updated as of Mar 19 2012 07:39 AM

MANILA, Philippines – After three weeks as the country’s No. 1 film, the blockbuster movie “Unofficially Yours” finally slipped from the top spot.

According to Box Office Mojo, Star Cinema’s romantic-comedy starring John Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin earned US$116,978 (around P5 million) from March 7 to 11, beaten only by the Hollywood film, “John Carter,” which debuted at the No. 1 spot with a box-office take of US$823,935 (around P34.97 million) for the same period.

Since its release on Feb. 15, “Unofficially Yours” has now earned a total of US$3,704,457 (around P157.25 million) after four weeks in local theaters.

The American horror film, “The Devil Inside,” was third with total earnings of US$337,173 (around P14.3 million) after two weeks of local release.

The week’s other newcomer, the Oscar-nominated “Moneyball” starring Brad Pitt, bowed at No. 6 with US$49,958 (around P2.1 million).

Despite calls among some Filipinos to boycott Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch, moviegoers were still enticed to watch Disney’s “John Carter,” which had the second-best opening for a Hollywood film in the Philippines this year after “Underworld Awakening,” which debuted in January with $879,072 (around P37.95 million).

Kitsch alleged that Philippine airport officials asked for his iPhone as a bribe, although it was found out that the incident happened in Indonesia.

Apart from the Philippines, “John Carter” also did well in many international markets, including South Korea, Australia and Russia.

“Unofficially Yours” is the seventh film of Cruz to earn more than P100 million in the box office and has now overtaken Cruz’s movie “One More Chance” with long-time screen partner Bea Alonzo which made P152.8 million during its run. Among Cruz's many hits, only his two movies with Sarah Geronimo have earned more.

Meanwhile, Cesar Montano’s action movie “Hitman” -- the only other local film on the box office charts -- remained out of the top 10, with total earnings of around P5.75 million during its three-week run.

The top 10 films from March 7 to 11, according to Box Office Mojo, are as follows:

1. “John Carter”
2. “Unofficially Yours”
3. “The Devil Inside”
4. “This Means War”
5. “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”
6. “Moneyball”
7. “The Vow”
8. “Jack and Jill”
9. “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
10. “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”