With the tenth month of this year almost over, fifteen local films are shoo-in as box office achievers for 2012. The list will surely be shaken up after the showing of the entries in the forthcoming Metropolitan Manila Film Festival-Philippines (MMFF-P) in December.
The MMFF-P is still two months away. Let us go through the list of box office hits this year:
1. The Mistress. A Star Cinema romantic drama directed by Olivia Lamasan and starring John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo, Hilda Koronel, and Ronaldo Valdez. Shown on September 12, it is still being exhibited nationwide but already chalked up a P262.82 M gross.
2. Unofficially Yours. A Star Cinema romantic comedy directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina and starring John Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin. Shown on February 15 with a total gross of P157.25 M.
3. Kimmy Dora and The Temple of Kiyeme. A Star Cinema and Spring Films comedy written by Chris Martinez, directed by Joyce Bernal and starring Eugene Domingo, Dingdong Dantes, Zanjoe Marudo, Miriam Quiambao, Mura, Ryan Bang, with a special participation of Regine Velasquez and Alodia Gosiengfiao. Shown on June 13 with a total gross of P133.96 M.
4. This Guy’s in Love with U, Mare. A Star Cinema and Viva Films comedy directed by Wenn V. Deramas and starring Vice Ganda, Tony Gonzaga and Luis Manzano, along with Edgar Mortiz, Tessie Tomas, Boboy Garovillo, Gladys Reyes, DJ Durano, Karla Estrada, Carla Martinez, with a special participation of Sam Milby. Shown on October 10, it is still being exhibited nationwide but already chalked up
P123.51 M gross.
5. The Healing. A Star Cinema horror film directed by Chito S. Roño and starring Vilma Santos, Kim Chiu, Janice de Belen, Pokwang, Mark Gil, Martin del Rosario, Cris Villanueva, Daria Ramirez, Carmi Martin, Ces Quesada and Joel Torre. Shown on July 25 with a total gross of
6. The Reunion. A Star Cinema comedy directed by Frasco Mortiz and starring Enchong Dee, Xian Lim, Enrique Gil, Kean Cipriano, Cristine Reyes, Jessy Mendiola, Julia Montes, Megan Young, Alodia Gosiengfiao and Bangs Garcia. Shown on August 15 with a total gross of P68.12 M.
7. Moron 5 and the Crying Lady. A Viva Films satire/comedy directed by Wenn Deramas and starring Luis Manzano, Marvin Agustin, Martin Escudero, Billy Joe Crawford, DJ Durano and John Lapus. Shown on April 7 with a total gross of P64.65 M.
8. Born to Love You. A Star Cinema and CineMedia romance drama directed by Jerome Chavez Pobocan and starring Coco Martin, Angeline Quinto, Albert Martinez, Eula Valdez, Malou De Guzman and Al Tantay. Shown on May 30 with a total gross of P52.02 M.
9. Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang. A Star Cinema and Skylight Films horror film directed by Richard Somes and starring Erich Gonzales and Derek Ramsay. Shown on March 14 with a total gross of P51.39 M.
10. Every Breath U Take. A Star Cinema romance drama directed by Mae Cruz and starring Piolo Pascual and Angelica Panganiban. Shown on May 16 with a total gross of P50.2 M.
11. The Mommy Returns. A Regal Films comedy directed by Joel Lamangan, writtenby Senedy H. Que and starring Pokwang, Gabby Concepcion, Ruffa Gutierez, Kiray Celis, Gerald Pesigan, Jillian Ward and John Lapus. Shown on May 9 with a total gross of P30.62 M.
12. Boy Pick-Up: The Movie. A GMA Films and Regal Films comedy directed by Dominic Zapata and starring Ogie Alcasid, Michael V, Dennis Trillo, Boy 2 Quizon, Moymoy Palaboy, Antonio Aquitania, Sam Pinto and Solenn Heussaff. Shown on June 6 with a total gross of P25.37 M.
13. Amorosa. A Skylights Films horror drama directed by Toppel Lee and starring Angel Aquino, Enrique Gil, Martin del Rosario and Empress Schuck. Shown on Aug. 29 with a total gross of P25.20 M.
14. A Mother’s Story. A Star Cinema and The Filipino Channel family drama directed by John D. Lazatin and starring Pokwang, Xyriel Manabat, Rayver Cruz, Nonie Buencamino, Beth Tamayo, and Daria Ramirez. Shown on January 8 with a total gross of P24.82 M.
15. My Cactus Heart. A Star Cinema and Skylight Films romantic comedy directed by Enrico Santos and starring Maja Salvador, Matteo Guidicelli and Xian Lim. Shown on January 25 with a total gross of P23.01 M.
But only the first three films are at present lodged in the top ten box office hits of 2012 with foreign films dominating. The Mistress is number three, Unofficially Yours number six and Kimmy Dora number 9.
This year’s box office foreign hits are as follows:
1. The Avengers (released in April) P601.07 M
2. The Amazing Spiderman (June) P339.88 M
4. The Dark Knight Rises (July) P219.58 M
5. The Bourne Legacy (August) P200.25 M
7. Wrath of the Titans (March) P145.96 M
8. The Hunger games (March) P140.01 M
9. Men in Black 3 (May) P131.19 M
It is still possible, however, that two or three more local films will barge into the Magic Ten circle at the end of the year.
Strong box office showings of the three MMFF-P topnotchers will surely usher them into the magic circle while This Guy’s in Love With U, Mare, with strong legs in evidence, may reap more box office dividends in its later Metro Manila runs as well as in the provinces.
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