The MMFF 2015 box office entries have reached the P800 million mark as early as Day 9 of screening, with the romantic comedy My Bebe Love in the top 4 in terms of earnings.
Metro Manila Film Festival committee confirmed in a Facebook post dated January 3 that as of January 2, the MMFF has taken in a total of P834 million for all 8 films, with Php 97 million earnings for January 2 only. (READ: MMFF 2015 8-day screening up 5% to Php737M)
The films have outgrossed last year’s P786 million gross earnings by Php 34 million within the same time period.
Other three films leading the race, in no particular order, are 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.
#WalangForever, starring Jericho Rosales and Jennylyn Mercado, won a number of awards at the Metro Manila Film Festival Awards Night, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Original Story. (READ: FULL LIST: Winners, MMFF 2015 awards night)
The exact figures of the top 4 box office earners have not been disclosed.
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.
The festival will end on January 7.