As anticipated, Star Cinema's "Sisterakas" and MMFF's long running film franchise "Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at Si Ako" battle as this year's highest-earning movies on the first day of the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
The fantasy-comedy flick starring Vic Sotto, Judy Ann Santos and Bong Revilla Jr. trailed behind Kris Aquino, Vice Ganda and Ai-Ai delas Alas' comedy movie in box-office earnings according to the unofficial box-office gross receipt reports from participating theaters.
Based on reports, "Sisterakas" earned P23,110,553.75 in Metro Manila and some provincial theaters, and P16,083,758.90 in other provincial cinemas on its first day. Totalling to P39,194,312.65.
In Metro Manila and some provincial theaters, "Si Agimat" earned P17,373,002.50 for the duration of the opening day. It earned P12,020,216.60 in other provincial theaters on the same day.
Ranking 3rd in first-day earnings is the family drama "One More Try," which stars Angelica Panganiban, Angel Locsin, Dindong Dantes and Zanjoe Marudo.
With P8,808,249.00 opening-day earnings in Metro Manila, and P4,352,738.40 in provincial theaters, the Ruel Bayani-directed film grossed P13,160,987.40 on Christmas Day.
Like "Si Agimat," a returning film franchise to this year's MMFF is "Shake, Rattle & Roll (SRR)," which ranked fourth on the list.
The 14th installment of the horror film anthology earned P10,579,339.60 nationwide on opening day, having garnered P6,534,619.00 in Metro Manila, and P4,044,720.60 in provincial theaters.
Trailing "SRR" is another horror film "The Strangers" (P4,902,627.00 total), followed by the Emilio Aguinaldo biopic "El Presidente" (P4,244,500.00 total), and the comedy film "Sosy Problems" (P3,036,408.75 total).
Ranking last on the list is the internationally acclaimed "Thy Womb."
At No. 8, the Brillante Mendoza film grossed P908,859.00 on Christmas Day, owing to its Metro Manila screenings. No data for its earnings in provincial theaters was provided.
The awards night of the 38th MMFF will be held on Thursday at the Meralco Theater in Ortigas.
Entries to the film fest will run in theaters until January 8, 2013
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