The 39th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) box-office figures are nearing P600 million, with eight official entries contributing to the record-breaking performance of the annual film fest.
According to a text message sent by the Metro Manila Development Authority, organizer of the MMFF, ticket sales have reached P597 million as of December 31, 2013.
The 39th edition of MMFF will run until January 7, 2014.
The box-office top rankings remain unchanged from the MMDA's previous announcement last Christmas Day.
Just like on December 25, My Little Bossings is still in the lead, followed by Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy, Pagpag, Siyam na Buhay, and Kimmy Dora (Ang Kiyemeng Prequel) in that order.
(Read: My Little Bossings leads MMFF 2013 box-office results on opening day)
At the Gabi ng Parangal held last December 27, My Little Bossings, starring Vic Sotto, Kris Aquino, Ryzza Mae Dizon, and James “Bimby” Yap Jr., bagged the MMFF 3rd Best Picture award. The Best Supporting Actress trophy went to Aiza Seguerra while Ryzza was named Best Child Performer.
My Little Bossings tells the story of Justin (played by Bimby), a boy who is forced to live with the family of a street smart girl named Ching (played by Ryzza Mae).
The Vice Ganda-starrer, Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy was chosen as MMFF 2nd Best Picture, with Maricel Soriano winning the coveted Best Actress award. The film was also cited with the Gender Sensitivity Award.
In the movie, Vice plays four characters—quadruplets separated at birth—who are reunited to help save the life of one of their siblings. Maricel plays the quadruplets’ mother.
Pagpag, Siyam na Buhay, a horror film starring Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, tackles age-old Filipino beliefs about death and funerals.
Kimmy Dora (Ang Kiyemeng Prequel) brings back the hilarious twin characters of Kimmy and Dora, as they work together to save their family business from terrorists.
The MMDA did not disclose the box-office figures of the top four box-office earners nor did it reveal the ranking of the bottom four.
Completing this year’s official entries to the MMFF are the following (in no particular order):
10,000 Hours, dubbed as true-to-life fiction, depicts the story of a government official’s fight against corruption. Robin Padilla plays the title role in this movie, which was shot mostly in Amsterdam.
Kaleidoscope World is a hip hop dance film inspired by the music of Francis Magalona, starring Sef Cadayona and Yassi Pressman.
Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir tells the story of the second Filipino saint, with Rocco Nacino playing the title role.
Boy Golden: Shoot-to-Kill, starring ER Ejercito and KC Concepcion, is about the life of a gangster who ruled Tondo in the ‘50s and '60s.
In last year's edition, entries of the 38th MMFF grossed P527 million as of January 2, 2012. MMFF 2012 ended with a total gross of P767.8 million.