MMFF 2014 Box Office: Poorly-reviewed entry hits P400M

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UPDATED: MMFF 2014 Box Office Results - the Latest Gross Income of the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) - is now close to hitting P1-billion.

13 days have passed, and the MMFF 2014 is now on its 14th, last and final day. I think this is sure - MMFF 2014 Festival Top Grosser is 'The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin', which despite getting "not amazing" reviews already hit P400-million gross receipts, as of January 6, 2014. If it gets extended in theaters after the end of MMFF 2014, then it will possibly reach P500M.

With that gross, 'The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin' is already the 2nd highest-grossing Filipino film of 2014 (behind last February's 'Starting Over Again'), and the 6th highest-grossing Filipino film of all time. Just P50-million behind the all-time highest-grossing film 'Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy', it's a big possibility that TAPB will eventually claim that record by the end of its run.

It was revealed on 'The Buzz' that 'Feng Shui 2', one of 3 horror entries in the MMFF 2014, already crossed the P200-million mark Suday, only the 5th film to achieve so in 2014 (after 'Bride For Rent', 'Starting Over Again', 'She's Dating the Gangster' and 'The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin'). With P207M-gross income, it's also now the highest-grossing Filipino horror of all time, a record previously held by another Kris Aquino-Chito Roño film 'Sukob' in 2006.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has no plan of releasing official figures for each film at this point of the festival, but they revealed however that the total gross sales for all 8 films as of 12th day (January 5) is P949-million, which is just 1.3% higher than the P936-million at the same point during MMFF 2013.

Looks like ticket sales for most of the entries have slowed down this January, and it remains to be seen if MMFF 2014 could reach its 1-billion target when it ends on January 7th. The final gross of the previous MMFF was P999,302,000.

Based on estimates that I got, 'English Only Please' starring Jennylyn Mercado and Derek Ramsay is now among the Top 4 in the box-office.


Derek Ramsay and Jennylyn Mercado, stars of MMFF 2014 surprise hit 'English Only, Please' (photo via @kingderekramsay)


The movie produced by Quantum Films definitely benefited the most from the MMFF 2014 Awards Night, where it won the 2nd highest number of awards. Since Day 4 of the festival, more screens were added for this rom-com movie after the many recognitions it got from the Awards Night.

I have here the ranking of the 8 official entries, based on estimated gross collection as of January 6:

WITH P400-MILLION GROSS AND ABOVE:
1. The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin

WITH P200-MILLION GROSS AND ABOVE BUT LESS THAN P300M:
2. Feng Shui 2

WITH P100-MILLION GROSS AND ABOVE BUT LESS THAN P200M:
3. My Big Bossing

WITH P50-MILLION GROSS AND ABOVE BUT LESS THAN P100M:
4. English Only, Please
5. Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2

WITH LESS THAN P50-MILLION GROSS:
6. Shake, Rattle & Roll XV
7. Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo
8. Magnum Musilm .357
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