'Kita Kita' passes 'Heneral Luna' as PH's top grossing indie movie


Posted at Aug 10 2017 12:54 AM | Updated as of Aug 10 2017 01:41 AM

'Kita Kita' passes 'Heneral Luna' as PH's top grossing indie movie 1
"Kita Kita" stars Empoy Marquez and Alessandra de Rossi share a sweet moment while guesting on "Gandang Gabi Vice.' Photo from the late night talk show's website

"Kita Kita" has achieved something usually reserved for movies with major box-office stars attached to them. 

The romantic comedy starring the odd pairing of Empoy Marquez and Alessandra de Rossi crossed the P300-million mark after three weeks, its producers announced on Tuesday. 

It becomes the 17th local film to pass the milestone, and the only one from an independent studio (Spring Films) to do so. 

It now has the distinction of being the highest-grossing local indie movie of all time, eclipsing the P257-million take of "Heneral Luna" in 2015. 

It also joins Star Cinema's "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "My Ex and Whys" as the most successful flicks of this year so far. 

"I don't how how you call it but for me it's definitely a miracle," said Erickson Raymundo of Spring Films, adding that he would have been satisfied if the movie made P30 million. 

"Kita Kita" was shot on a modest budget of P10 million. 

The movie had a relatively muted release mid-July, during which Marvel Studios' "Spider-Man: Homecoming" was still showing. 

But backed by glowing reviews, some from delighted celebrities, including ABS-CBN chief content officer Charo Santos, it bucked the trend of indie movies being taken out of cinemas due to poor sales. 

"Kita Kita" focuses on a Filipina who lost her vision after her engagement with her Japanese boyfriend fell apart. It was shot in Sapporo

Another movie starring De Rossi with Marquez, who have not topbilled a movie together prior to "Kita Kita," is already being planned.