Ai-Ai delas Alas of the ensemble comedy film Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat (top frame, left) is in the running with Sarah Geronimo of You Changed My Life (upper right frame) for the title of Box-Office Queen. In My Life, starring (bottom frame) John Lloyd Cruz, Vilma Santos and Luis Manzano, is ranked as the third highest film of Star Cinema.

Photo: Noel Orsal

The films of Star Cinema for 2009 earned a total of P1.135 billion, according to figures provided by ABS-CBN's film production outfit. PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) met with the Star Cinema executives of Star Cinema—Star AdProm director Roxy Liquigan and Star Cinema & TV Synergy Specialist Mico del Rosario—earlier today, January 15, at the ABS-CBN compound to discuss how their films did last year.

You Changed My Life, the Sarah Geronimo-John Lloyd Cruz-starrer, was once again a Valentine hit with its gross of P208.8 million. Star Cinema has promised that the love story of Laida Magtalas and Miggy Montenegro will continue, with Cathy Garcia-Molina still at the helm, but they have no definite date yet for its release.

Given the fact that Ai-Ai delas Alas starred in three blockbuster hits last year—Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat, BFF (Best Friends Forever), and Ang Tanging Pamilya—there is a big possibility that she will be hailed as the Box-Office Queen. However, that will depend on the criteria set by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc. and whether they will count the gross of Ang Tanging Ina as part of the 2009 movies, or if it should be classified as part of 2008. The three films of Ai-Ai earned a total of P374.5 million.

Del Rosario pointed out that even though Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat was part of the 2008 Metro Manila Film Fest, they still consider this Ai-Ai delas Alas starrer as part of their 2009 lineup. This is because even though the film opened on Christmas day, it had a much longer screening period during the month of January 2009.

Last year, Sarah was hailed as the Box-Office Queen by the GMMSFI for her blockbuster hit A Very Special Love, while her leading man John Lloyd Cruz was named Box-Office King.

Here are the box-office figures provided by Star Cinema on its past films:

1. You Changed My Life (Star Cinema/Viva) - P208.8 million

            Cast: Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz
            Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina

2. Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat - P200.2 million
            Cast: Ai-Ai delas Alas, Eugene Domingo
            Director: Wenn Deramas

3. In My Life
- P137.4 million

            Cast: Vilma Santos, John Lloyd Cruz, Luis Manzano
            Director: Olive Lamasan

4. I Love You Goodbye - P108 million (As of today, January 15. The film is expected to continue screening until January 30)
            Cast: Angelica Panganiban, Gabby Concepcion, Derek Ramsay, Kim Chiu
            Director: Laurice Guillen

5. BFF (Best Friends Forever) - P102.5 million            
            Cast: Sharon Cuneta, Ai-Ai delas Alas
            Director:  Wenn Deramas

6. T2 (Tenement 2) - P95 million
            Cast: Maricel Soriano, Mika dela Cruz
            Director: Chito Roño

7. And I Love You So - P89.3 million
             Cast: Sam Milby, Bea Alonzo, Derek Ramsay
             Director: Laurenti Dyogi

8. Love Me Again: Land Down Under - P72.1 million
            Cast: Angel Locsin, Piolo Pascual
            Director: Rory Quintos

9. Ang Tanging Pamilya: A Marry Go Round - P72 million
             Cast: Ai-Ai delas Alas, Joseph Estrada 
             Director: Wenn Deramas

10. Villa Estrella - P50.08 million
              Cast: Maja Salvador, Shaina Magdayao, Jake Cuenca, Geoff Eigenmann
              Director: Rico Ilarde