'Heneral Luna' continues charge, hits P160M

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 30 2015 05:14 PM | Updated as of Oct 01 2015 01:37 AM

MANILA - The historical biopic "Heneral Luna" continues its win streak at the local box office, grossing more than P160 million as it enters its fourth week.

The film, which presents a detailed account into the life and death of General Antonio Luna during the Philippine-American War, made an additional P104 million from September 23 to 29.

It is the film's biggest week so far following its P15-million haul from September 9 to 15 and P44-million take from September 16 to 22.

According to producer Joji Alonso, the feat has now made it the highest grossing historical film of all time in the Philippines.

"The film started slow at the box office but because of your generous support, the film has broken norms and patterns and the usual dwindling statistics as each week passes," wrote Alonso.

"We continue to call on all Filipinos, to help this film reach its break even point of 200 [million pesos], so that the producers may have the resources to start its next film on another national hero," he added.

A sequel starring Kapamilya actor Paulo Avelino as General Gregorio del Pilar has been eyed, as well as another film on the life of a Manuel L. Quezon.

Directed by Jerrold Tarog, "Heneral Luna" stars John Arcilla, Mon Confiado, Epi Quizon and Joem Bascon. It is the country's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at next year's Academy Awards.

RELATED STORY: Hero or traitor? Historian weighs in on Aguinaldo, Luna