Due to the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda, the gross income from movies is expected to drop, but such dire financial problem were nowhere to be found at the box office in Metro Manila Film Festival 2013.
Over the past day, Day 1, fans of this year’s MMFF spent many of their hard-earned money at the movies — paying to see everything from Robin Padilla’s action/thriller movie to Vice Ganda four-way starrer Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy to a KathNiel’s Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay, and as a result, the box office had its best for Kris Aquino Productions’ My Little Bossings, directed by Marlon Rivera and co-produced by OctoArts Films, MZET, and APT Entertainment .
Movie theaters sold an estimated Php121.7 million worth of tickets nationwide on December 25 for the top 3 MMFF 2013 grossing films, beating the last year’s record; My Little Bossings (Php50.4M), Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy (Php47.6M), and Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay (Php23.7M).
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) confirmed a 12% increase in the opening day box office numbers this year.
Day 1 of MMFF 2013 was also a significant opening day of the MMFF’s history. According to a “TV Patrol” report, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino made a point to show up at a cinema in Manila – along with his presidential security guards who had some of their kids in tow – to support his nephew James “Bimby” Yap Jr.’s movie debut, “My Little Bossings.”
MMFF 2013 Day 1 Gross Income Results
Following is the Day 1 (December 25) gross income results for the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
- My Little Bossings (Php50.4M)
- Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy (Php47.6M)
- Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay (Php23.7M)
- Kimmy Dora Ang Kiyemeng Prequel
Other finalists of MMFF 2013 are Robin Padilla’s “10,000 Hours,” the ER Ejercito-KC Concepcion starrer “Boy Golden: Shoot To Kill,” Rocco Nacino’s “Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir,” and Sef Cadayona’s “Kaleidoscope World”.
Awards night is said to be held on Dec. 27 at the Meralco Theater in Pasig City.