The total gross of the two-week 2012 Metropolitan Manila Film Festival exceeded by P130 million the previous year’s box-office take.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino said the last filmfest generated P767.8 million at the box-office. It is the first time that the filmfest gross breached the P700M mark.
The total gross for the 2011 filmfest was P636.7 million while the 2010 gross was P530 million.
The final grosses of the top four films are as follows:
Sisterakas P342 million
One More Try P170.5 million
Si Agimat, si Enteng Kabisote at si Ako P133.5 million
Shake, Rattle & Roll 14 P 45.3 million
The combined gross of the four other films—El Presidente, The Strangers, Sosy Problems and Thy Womb—amounted to P76.5 million.
Sisterakas did not only top the 2012 MMFF box-office derby. It has also established itself as the all-time highest grossing film in the history of local films. The film overtook another Vice Ganda-starrer, The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin, which earned P331.6 million at the box office in 2011.
The list of the top ten all-time highest grossing films now reads:
Sisterakas (2012) P342 M
The Unkabogable Praybeyut Benjamin (2011) P331.6 M
No Other Woman (2011) P278.3 M
The Mistress (2012) P262.8 M
This Guy’s in Love with You, Mare (2012) P249 M
Enteng ng Ina Mo (2011 MMFF) P237.8 M
You Changed My Life (2009) P225.2 M
A Very Special Love (2008) P179.2 M
Ang Tanging Ina Niyong Lahat (2008 MMFF) P171 M
One More Try (2012 MMFF) P170.5 M
The MMFFP grossed P437 million in 2009 and P450 million in 2008. The only other year the MMFFP reached the P400 million mark was in 2006 with a total of P414.5 million. In 2007 with 9 films participating, the gross dipped below the P400 million gross take with P380.2 million.
The MMFFP box office performances for the rest of the decade of the 2000s are as follows: 2005—P351 million; 2004—P300 million; 2003—P326 million; 2002—P315 million; 2001—P147 million; and 2000—P155 million.
MMDA Chairman Tolentino, in a pre-filmfest statement, said: “We are optimistic that we can duplicate the same feat for this year’s MMFF, if not surpass it, with the participation of the movie producers who will showcase quality films and the support of the movie-going public.”
The amusement tax generated during the filmfest had been channelled to several beneficiaries—the Mowelfund, the Film Academy of the Philippines, the Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council, the Optical Media Board and the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
Part of the proceeds will also be donated to the victims of typhoon Pablo in Compostela Valley and Negros Oriental.
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