Kris Aquino with James 'Bimby' Yap, Jr. and Ryzza Mae Dizon in a promotional image for 'My Little Bossings'
MANILA -- The Kris Aquino-backed comedy film starring her son James "Bimby" Yap, Jr. and child wonder Ryzza Mae Dizon has set a new record for Philippines movies with its opening-day gross earning, according to the actress-producer.
"My Little Bossings" earned P50.4 million on Christmas Day, Aquino said in an Instagram post on Thursday, ranking it first in nationwide earnings among the eight competing films in the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
"Bimby and Ryzza now hold the box office record for highest opening day gross for a Filipino movie," Aquino said in another post on the image-sharing site. "Thank You for the best Christmas gift! Thank you for loving our kids!"
The record was previously held by the 2012 MMFF entry "Sisterakas," which also starred Aquino alongside comedian Vice Ganda and screen veteran Ai Ai delas Alas. The comedy flick directed by Wenn Deramas turned in P40.7 million on its first day in theaters.
The first-day take of "My Little Bossings" is a notable fraction of MMFF's nationwide gross of P134 million on opening day.
Directed by Marlon Rivera, "My Little Bossings" is a co-production among Aquino's eponymous firm, OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions, and APT Entertainment.
It also stars Vic Sotto in yet another MMFF outing after scoring consecutive blockbusters with the "Enteng" film series.
Placing second to "My Little Bossings" in total earnings at the close of Christmas Day screenings is "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy," which stars Vice Ganda as quadruplets of both sexes and different sexual orientations.
Ranking third, according to MMFF head Francis Tolentino, is the horror film "Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay," followed by "Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel."
Tolentino did not specify the box-office figures for each film.
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."