After attending the international screening of The Mistress in Nice, France, Bea Alonzo wants to return there to go on a vacation with boyfriend Zanjoe Marudo.

Photo: Jocelyn Dimaculangan

The Mistress has reportedly earned P140 million as of yesterday, September 18.

This was announced by Star Cinema earlier today, September 19, during the movie’s victory party held at the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City.

The movie's lead actress, Bea Alonzo, attended the said event, but her leading man, John Lloyd Cruz, was unable to go because he had a shooting for a TV commercial.

Bea is proud of this adult drama film which was directed by Olivia Lamasan.

Written by Vanessa Valdez, The Mistress tackles the controversial issue of infidelity. In the film, Bea is cast as a suit maker named Sari who becomes the mistress of a businessman played by veteran actor Ronaldo Valdez.

According to Star Cinema, the movie earned P23 million during its opening day last September 12 and reached the P100-million mark last Saturday, September 15.

Bea said she did not expect their film to do this well in the box office.

"Actually we were talking about it bago pa ang playdate.

"Umpisa pa lang, pitching pa lang, sinasabi na ni Inang [Direk Olivia], 'Anak, huwag kang mag-expect kasi ang story na ito ay masyadong matapang, baka hindi pang-box office. Masyadong adult.’

"Hindi siya kagaya ng No Other Woman na madami silang batuhan ng linya… dito kasi iba.

"Kung mapapansin n’yo, quiet ang film, so hindi namin ini-expect na magugustuhan ng tao.

"So proud din kami sa mga audience namin dahil ibig sabihin ay naghahanap sila ng kakaiba, naghahanap sila ng matapang.

"So nakaka-proud yung Filipino audience."

ON BEING COMPARED TO VILMA SANTOS. During the presscon, veteran entertainment writer Mario Bautista said that Bea’s performance in The Mistress reminded him of the time when Vilma Santos accepted mature roles.