The eight official entries of the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival have already earned Php 737 million nationwide as of January 1, 2015, which is up by five percent as compared to last year in the same period.
The New Year’s day (January 1) screening recorded a total of Php 97 million in gross sales, which is 15 percent higher compared to the previous day’s gross earnings.
This was revealed in a Facebook post dated January 2, Saturday.
In eight days or Dec. 25 up to Jan. 1 the ticket sales recorded Php 737 million compared to Php 701 million in the same period.
The top four films, in no particular order, are My Bebe Love starring Vic Sotto, Ai Ai Delas Alas, and phenomenal love team AlDub comprised of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza; Beauty and the Bestie starring Vice Ganda and Coco Martin; #Walang Forever starring this year’s best actress and best actor Jennylyn Mercado and Jericho Rosales; and Haunted Mansion starring Janella Salvador.
After #WalangForever emerged as the biggest winner of the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival, bagging six awards, including the major awards of Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Original Story, and FPJ Memorial Awards for Excellence, the romantic comedy film was able to replace the romantic comedy film All You Need is Pag-ibig as the No. 4 top-grossing MMFF entry as of December 30.
Actor Jericho Rosales and actress Jennylyn Mercado, both stars of “Walang Forever” bagged the best actor award and best actress award, respectively, in the MMFF awards night last December 27, held at the at the Kia Theatre, Araneta Center, Quezon City, hosted by KC Concepcion and Richard Gutierrez.
The other four participating movies are: Nilalang starring Cesar Montano and Japanese adult film star Maria Ozawa; the controversial Honor Thy Father starring John Lloyd Cruz; All You Need is Pag-Ibig starring Kris Aquino and Derek Ramsay; and Buy Now, Die Later starring Vhong Navarro.
Last December 26, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) revealed that the combined box-office gross of the eight official mainstream entries already reached over P150 million.
On December 30, the committee announced gross earnings of P468 million for the first 4 days.
MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos told Rappler that all 8 films earned a total of P271 million on the first two days of the festival. (READ: #MMFF2015: Box Office Earnings (Day 2))
The 41st Metro Manila Film Festival started on December 23 with the annual Parade of Stars. The awards night was held on December 27, with Walang Forever taking home the most awards.
MMFF 2015 opened on December 25 and will run until January 7, 2016.