Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo—shown here with fellow cast members of Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo—are currently in the United States to attend the international premiere of the Star Cinema film in California and Hawaii. There will also be international screenings in Guam, Las Vegas, Seattle, and San Diego in the U.S., as well as in Italy, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. Photo: Courtesy of Star Cinema


Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo's family comedy—Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo—has emerged as the top-grossing film of the 33rd Metro Manila Film Festival. For the past two weeks, the Star Cinema film has been competing fiercely with Enteng Kabisote 4: Okay Ka Fairy Ko...The Beginning of the Legend.

 

Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo earned P122.9 million in the box office while the fantasy movie produced by OctoArts Films/M-ZET Productions earned P104.7 million.

 

Filipinos abroad who want to watch the sequel of Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo can look forward to the international screenings scheduled this month. On January 13, the cast of SSS will be in Honolulu Theater, Honolulu, Hawaii to screen the film tackling the couple's life after marriage.

 

Third runner-up in the 2007 MMFF is the three-part horror movie Shake, Rattle & Roll 9 with its earnings of P68 million. Another Regal Films entry, Desperadas, made it to the fourth spot with P35.5 million. Best Picture winner Resiklo landed on the fifth spot after posting P21.7 million in box-office receipts. The other entries are Bahay Kubo, which earned P19.5 million; Katas ng Saudi, with P3.3 million; Anak ng Kumander, P2.5 million; and Banal, with P2.4 million.

 

The nine Metro Manila Film Fest entries earned a total of P380.3 million during the two-week festival, which started on December 25, 2007 and ended on January 7, 2008. This amount was much lower compared to the total box-office receipts of P415 million last year and fell short of this year's target of P500 million.