MMFF posts record P134M on first day

By Miguel Dumaual, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Dec 26 2013 05:39 PM | Updated as of Dec 27 2013 11:20 PM

MMFF posts record P134M on first day 1
Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo pose for a photo during a block screening of "Pagpag" at Gateway Mall in Quezon City. Photo by Nimfa Chua for ABS-CBNnews.com

Comedy flicks dominate top-earners

MANILA -- The 39th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) beat the previous year's opening-day record by almost P30 million, organizers said Thursday, thanks to the strong box-office numbers of competing comedy entries.

The Christmas Day box office of the annual film festival racked up a total of P134 million, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairperson Francis Tolentino told ABS-CBNnews.com.

This nationwide figure is 23% higher than last year's opening-day gross, which was at P105 million. The 2012 MMFF went on to earn over P700 milion throughout its run, beating the record of P636 million set the previous year.

Tolentino said that as of the December 25 close of screenings in Metro Manila and provincial theaters, ranking first in earnings is "My Little Bossings," followed by "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy," "Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay," and "Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel," respectively.

The MMDA official did not specify the box-office figures for each film.

"Pagpag," a co-production between Star Cinema and Regal Films, is the lone horror entry in this year's festival. The three other top-grossers are comedy flicks.

A co-production among four film companies, including star Kris Aquino's eponymous firm, "My Little Bossings" features the return of comedian Vic Sotto in the MMFF, after consecutive blockbusters with the "Enteng" franchise. "My Little Bossings" also marks the debut film of Aquino's son, James "Bimby" Yap, Jr., and his team-up with child actress Ryzza Mae Dizon.

MMFF posts record P134M on first day 2
Vice Ganda is interviewed by media during a block screening of "Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy" at TriNoma in Quezon City. Photo by Nimfa Chua for ABS-CBNnews.com

Co-produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films, "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy," meanwhile, stars Vice Ganda in the title roles of quadruplets of both genders and different sexual orientations. Vice Ganda starred in the runaway MMFF hit "Sisterakas" last year, along with Aquino and screen veteran Ai Ai delas Alas.

"Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel" similarly centers on feuding twins, played by award-winning actress Eugene Domingo, in the film series' third entry since 2009. The movie is a co-production between MJM Productions and Quantum Films.

Trailing in earnings, in no particular order, are the action flicks "10,000 Hours" and "Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill (The Arturo Porcuna Story)," the historical biopic "Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir," and the dance musical "Kaleidoscope World."