After the exclusive showing of Metro Manila Film Festival entries for nine consecutive days since Christmas, the 41st edition of the annual Filipino movie festival has earned an estimated P834-million based on figures from its official Facebook page.
The post, made public on Sunday, also enumerated the festival’s top four grosser in no particular order. They are, My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore, Beauty and the Bestie, Haunted Mansion, and Walang Forever.
Compared to 2014’s gross of P786-million at the end of Day 9, this year’s MMFF figures indicate an increase of P48-million or 6.11 percent. Honor Thy Father, All You Need is Pag-ibig, Nilalang, and Buy Now, Die Later complete this year’s eight entries.
But the question as to who holds 2015’s highest-grossing entry is still hotly contested. In fact, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)—the agency in charge of the festival—has curiously refused to reveal the ranking of movies as it had done in the previous years.
As everyone know, the box office battle is between My Bebe Love and Beauty and the Bestie, whose stars are also rivals on TV’s daily noontime slot.
Nevertheless, comedian Vice Ganda claimed on Saturday afternoon via Twitter account @vicegandako that Beauty and the Bestie is no. 1 for reaching the P300-million mark.
As of press time, the lead stars of My Bebe Love—top comedians Vic Sotto and AiAi delas Alas, as well as Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza of Aldub—have yet to announce their movie’s estimated gross, although their fans claim they are the “true top-grosser” over social media.
So who’s the true winner? Until the movie producers, the MMDA, or the MMFF secretariat release the official revenue figures, all these tweets will simply remain assertions.