MANILA - Vice Ganda has another box-office hit to his name.
His newest comedy film with Coco Martin, "The Super Parental Guardians," which is about a tough-talking gang leader forced to take care of his orphaned nephews with the loud, gay friend of his late sister-in-law, took in P68 million Wednesday, becoming the most successful debut of any Star Cinema film this year.
"The Super Parental Guardians" also surpassed John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo's "A Second Chance," which drew in P43.3 million on its opening day in November last year, as well as the reported P60.5 million first day salvo of "My Bebe Love," a 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival entry.
It remains unclear, however, whether the film defeated that of "Beauty and the Bestie" as Star Cinema did not make the claim in their post on their Instagram page, only hinting that the P68 million gross of "The Super Parental Guardians" is "record-breaking."
The official figures about the opening day take of "Beauty and the Bestie" were not released, as per the rules of the Metro Manila Film Festival, which it was a part of.
As of writing, no official projections have been made and only time will tell if "The Super Parental Guardians" can beat the overall gross of "Beauty and the Bestie," which drew in more than P520 million in just over two weeks in cinemas last year, to become the most successful local film of all time.
Headed by Joyce Bernal, who took over the reins following the passing of Vice Ganda's dear friend and "Beauty and the Bestie" director Wenn Deramas, "The Super Parental Guardians" is also the debut film of child actors Simon "Onyok" Pineda and Awra Briguela, who have found fame following their stint on "Ang Probinsyano."
The film became controversial after being snubbed by the selection committee for this year's Metro Manila Film Festival.
Anticipating criticism over their decision, the committee's head, Nicanor Tiongson of the University of the Philippines Film Institute, said that their panel picked the entries based on "quality" instead of whether they will sell tickets.
Vice Ganda has repeatedly said that he wasn't offended by the decision, and hoped that fans would support his film, as well as the chosen entries to the annual film festival.