'Corazon' debuts at No. 2 in box office


Posted at Mar 22 2012 03:27 PM | Updated as of Mar 23 2012 06:45 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The horror movie “Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang” took a huge bite from the local box office pie, earning an estimated $478,413 or around P20.5 million, on its first week of release.

According to Box Office Mojo, the Star Cinema release, starring Erich Gonzales and Derek Ramsay, made its debut at No. 2 -- the highest among the four movies that opened during the period March 14-18.

But while “Corazon” had a strong opening, it wasn't enough to knock off the Disney movie “John Carter” from the top of the charts.
“John Carter,” despite starring the controversial Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch, earned an estimated $595,093 or around P25.5 million, bringing its total to $1,623,716 or around P69.6 million after two weeks of release.

“Corazon,” directed by Richard Somes, beat GMA Films’ “My Kontrabida Girl,” which opened on the same day. It debuted at No. 4.

“My Kontrabida Girl,” starring Rhian Ramos and Aljur Abrenica, earned an estimated $156,593 or around P6.7 million on its first week of release, according to Box Office Mojo.

At No. 3 was the animated feature “Dr. Seuess’ The Lorax,” with an estimated box-office take of $300,129 or around P12.87 million.

The week’s other debut, “Mirror Mirror,” based on the Snow White fairy tale, landed at No. 4 with estimated earnings of $150,992 or around P6.47 million.

After one month since its release, “Unofficially Yours” finally dropped out of the Top 15.

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

1. “John Carter”
2. “Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang”
3. “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
4. “My Kontrabida Girl”
5. “Mirror Mirror”
6. “The Devil Inside”
7. “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”
8. “This Means War”
9. “The Vow”
10. “Moneyball”