Metro filmfest revenue increases by 13 percent

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THE entries in the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) grossed P182 million during the first two days of screening.

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Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairperson Francis Tolentino said on Friday the amount is 12 percent to 13 percent higher than the gross from the same period last year.

Tolentino, who is also heads the MMFF committee, said that on the first day of showing, ticket sales hit P146 million, compared to P128 million last year.

By 1 p.m. Friday, sales had reached P36 million, higher than the P32 million last year.

Eight films are entered in the festival. The top grossers are the comedy films My Big Bossing’s Adventures and Praybeyt Benjamin and the horror offerings Feng Shui 2 and Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2.

Tolentino said they could not yet determine the ranking of the four films in terms of revenues. “We will announce the ranking of all the entries on January 4 after the showing to prevent trending,” he told reporters.

He expects a gross income of P1.1 billion this year, surpassing last year’s P987 million.

The other entries are the historical drama Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo, the romance-comedy English Only Please, action film Magnum Muslim .357 and horror film Shake, Rattle & Roll XV.

The awards night is on December 27 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

Proceeds from the annual holiday film festival will go to the Movie Workers Welfare Foundation Inc., Motion Picture and Anti-Film Piracy Council, Film Development Council of the Philippines, and the Optical Media Board.

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