The eight official entries of the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival have already earned P949 million nationwide as of January 5, 2015.
This was revealed by Metro Manila Development Authority and MMFF Overall chairperson Francis Tolentino in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
This figure is much higher compared to the same period last year when the MMFF 2013 entries earned P936 million.
The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin, starring Vice Ganda and Richard Yap, is still the top-grossing entry of the 40th MMFF.
This comedy film was followed by the Kris Aquino-Coco Martin horror film Feng Shui 2 as well as the Vic Sotto-Ryzza Mae Dizon three-part movie My Big Bossing.
The romantic comedy of Derek Ramsay and Jennylyn Mercado, English Only Please, is still the No. 4 highest-grossing MMFF entry.
Last January 1, it was reported that English Only Please was able to overtake the box-office earnings of Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2.
Interest in the rom-com increased after the film earned for Derek and Jennylyn their trophies as Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively.
Directed by Dan Villegas, English Only Please also bagged the awards for Best Screenplay, Best Original Story, and Best Editor.
(Read: MMFF 2014 entries gross P701 million; English Only Please joins top four highest-grossing films)
Completing this year’s official entries to the MMFF are the following (in no particular order): the Andres Bonifacio bipioc Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo, the horror film Shake, Rattle and Roll XV and the action film Muslim Magnum .357.
(To view the complete list of winners of MMFF 2014, CLICK HERE)
(To view photos of the floats of Bonifacio, Feng Shui 2, Praybeyt Benjamin 2 and English Only Please, CLICK HERE)
(To view photos of the floats of Kubot, My Big Bossing, Shake Rattle and Roll XV and Muslim Magnum 357, CLICK HERE)