Highest-grossing Philippine film each year from 2010 to 2019

by James Patrick Anarcon
Jan 3, 2020
Left to Right: Hello, Love, Goodbye, The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin, and A Second Chance are three of the highest-grossing Filipino films of the past decade.
PHOTO/S: Star Cinema

The Filipino film industry experienced highs and lows in box-office returns during the decade past.

Some movies did not perform well in terms of revenue, but there were those that raked in huge ticket sales and broke box-office records.

Based on a list published by ABS-CBN News, here are the movies that became each year's top-grossing film in the past ten years (2010-2019), along with their reported total box-office gross:

Hello, Love, Goodbye (2019)

Starring: Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards
Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina
Opening Date: July 31, 2019
Box-office Gross: P880.6 million

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Hello, Love, Goodbye is the first team-up of ABS-CBN actress Kathryn Bernardo and GMA-7 actor Alden Richards on the big screen. The movie is considered a casting coup because Kathryn and Alden are prime stars of the two rival networks.

Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, Hello, Love, Goodbye tells the story of Joy (Kathryn), a domestic helper in Hong Kong who plans to transfer to Canada. She crosses paths with Ethan (Alden), a handsome bartender who falls for her.

Joy and Ethan eventually become lovers. Their relationship is tested when Joy is torn between staying with Ethan in Hong Kong or pursuing her dream of living in Canada.

Hello, Love, Goodbye is currently the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time, with its total box-office gross at P880.6 million.

The Hows of Us (2018)

Starring: Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla
Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina
Opening Date: August 29, 2018
Box-office Gross: P805 million

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The Hows of Us, top-billed by real-life couple Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, became the highest-grossing Filipino film of all-time in 2018. The Kathniel movie earned P805 million at the box office.

It is also the first Filipino movie to reach the P800-million mark. As a result, Kathryn and Daniel were named Phenomenal Stars of Philippine Cinema during the 50th Guillermo Mendoza Box Office Awards.

In The Hows of Us, Kathryn and Daniel play a young couple who decide to live together. However, their different priorities in life cause problems in their relationship. Primo is depressed because of his lackluster music career while George feels the strain of mixing work and school.

Gandarrapiddo! The Revenger Squad (2017)

Starring: Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla, Pia Wurtzbach
Director: Joyce Bernal
Opening Date: December 25, 2017
Box-office Gross: P571 million

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In 2017, a year after his absence from the annual Metro Manila Film Festival, Vice Ganda returned with Gandarrapiddo! The Revenger Squad. Daniel Padilla and Pia Wurtzbach served as his co-stars in this fantasy comedy film.

Directed by Joyce Bernal, the film revolves around Gandarra (Vice), a superhero trying to protect his brother, Rapiddo (Daniel), from evil forces.

Gandarrapiddo! The Revenger Squad emerged as the highest-grossing movie of MMFF 2017, earning a total gross of P571 million.

The Super Parental Guardians (2016)

Starring: Vice Ganda, Coco Martin
Director: Joyce Bernal
Opening Date: November 30, 2016
Box-office Gross: P598 million

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The Super Parental Guardians (2016) is Vice Ganda's first non-Metro Manila Film Festival movie since 2012, and his second team-up with his friend, Coco Martin. The two previouly worked with each other in the MMFF 2015 entry, Beauty and the Bestie.

It is also Vice's first movie that is not directed by Wenn V. Deramas, who passed away in March 2016. Star Cinema tapped Joyce Bernal to helm the project.

The Super Parental Guardians was submitted as an entry to MMFF 2016. However, it was not selected as one of the eight official entries. Star Cinema then announced that the movie would be shown on November 30, 2016, or in the period before the annual film festival.

The Super Parental Guardians tells the story of Arci (Vice) and Paco (Coco) who become instant co-parents. This is after Sarah (Matet de Leon) entrusts her children to Arci and Paco before her death. Megan (Awra Briguela) and Ernie (Onyok Pineda) portray the two kids who have to deal with the mysterious death of their mother.

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The Super Parental Guardians holds the record for having the highest opening-day gross of a Pinoy film: P75 million.

A Second Chance (2015)

Starring: Bea Alonzo, John Lloyd Cruz
Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina
Opening Date: November 25, 2015
Box-office Gross: P556 million

A Second Chance is the sequel to Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz's hit 2007 movie, One More Chance.

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A Second Chance shows the married life of Basha (Bea) and Popoy (John Lloyd). The two are now questioning their decision to get back together after an earlier disastrous break-up.

Eight years after the first movie, Popoy feels like a failure, struggling to keep his business and family intact. Meanwhile, Basha is a housewife who has stopped working as an architect after suffering a miscarriage.

This is the first time in three years that a non-MMFF entry became the top-grossing movie for the year. The movie broke the streak of Vice Ganda who had been holding the record as the star of the highest-grossing Filipino movie of all-time. A Second Chance is also the first Filipino movie to reach the P500-million mark.

The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin (2014)

Starring: Vice Ganda
Director: Wenn V. Deramas
Opening Date: December 25, 2014
Box-office Gross: P455 million

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The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin is the sequel to Vice Ganda's successful 2011 movie, The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin.

The sequel revolves around Benjie's (Vice) success as a soldier, allowing him to became a worldwide sensation. He rises up the ranks and becomes a colonel. This causes him to become arrogant.

While completing a mission, Benjie commits a mistake that leads to the death of his grandfather, General Ben Santos (Eddie Garcia). Benjie is about to be dismissed from the service when General Wilson Chua (Richard Yap) saves him by giving him a new mission: to babysit his son Bimbee (Bimby Aquino Yap).

The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin emerged as the top-grossing entry of the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival with a box-office gross of P455 million.

Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy (2013)

Starring: Vice Ganda
Director: Wenn V. Deramas
Opening Date: December 25, 2013
Box-office Gross: P427 million

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Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy was originally meant to be John Lapus's launching movie. John was told to prepare physically for the movie by losing weight.

However, Direk Wenn Deramas, who was tasked to direct the movie, already had to start shooting and was unable to wait for John.

Instead, Direk Wenn decided to tap Vice as his lead star. The project then became Vice's second MMFF entry.

In Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy, Vice portrays long-lost qraduplets with different sexual preferences. Their reunion becomes chaotic when Mark (the gay) and Girlie (the girl) clash and come up with schemes to exact revenge on each other. As a result, Peter (the boy) and Panying (the lesbian) are caught between the warring siblings.

Vice broke the record of his own movie, Sisterakas, when Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy reached the P400-million mark. Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy earned a total of P427 million throughout its theatrical run.

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Sisterakas (2012)

Starring: Vice Ganda, Kris Aquino, Ai-Ai delas Alas
Director: Wenn V. Deramas
Opening Date: December 25, 2012
Box-office Gross: P393 million

Sisterakas is Vice Ganda's first movie to enter the annual Metro Manila Film Festival. Kris Aquino and Ai-Ai delas Alas also top-bill this Wenn Deramas flick.

Sisterakas is about Bernice (Vice), a popular fashion designer who owns the successful fashion line Ponytale. He gets reconnected with his estranged half-sister, Detty (Ai-Ai), when the latter applies for a job at his company.

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Not knowing that Bernice is her long-lost brother, Detty endures all the maltreatment of her employer.

Bernice also has to deal with his bitter rival, Roselle (Kris), who is the lead designer and owner of Ponytale's competitor, La Yondelle. A series of events lead to Bernice and Roselle fighting over Detty's services.

Sisterakas earned P393 million at the box-office, making it then the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time.

The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin (2011)

Starring: Vice Ganda
Director: Wenn V. Deramas
Opening Date: October 26, 2011
Box-office Gross: P331.6 million

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The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin is Vice Ganda's second title role, after doing the title role of the remake of Petrang Kabayo in 2010.

In The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin, Vice is cast as Benjie, a gay man forced to enlist in the military in place of his ailing father (Jimmy Santos). Benjie's courage earns the respect of his grandfather (Eddie Garcia), who initially ridiculed him because of his sexual preference.

The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin is the first Filipino movie to reach the P300-million mark, and earned a total of P331.6 million.

My Amnesia Girl (2010)

Starring: Toni Gonzaga and John Lloyd Cruz
Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina
Opening Date: November 24, 2010
Box-office Gross: P144.8 Million

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Toni Gonzaga and John Lloyd Cruz's first movie team-up happened in 2010, when they starred in My Amnesia Girl.

In My Amnesia Girl, John Lloyd and Toni play ex-lovers Apollo and Irene, who get reconnected through a chance encounter years after Apollo leaves Irene at the altar. Apollo plans to win over Irene's heart again, but he is faced with a dilemma: Irene, after having amnesia, cannot remember him.

In the end, the revelation is that Irene is just pretending to have amnesia because she does not know what to do after seeing Apollo again. While Apollo sees their encounter as a chance to pursue Irene again, Irene uses to make Apollo pay for the heartbreak he once caused her.

My Amnesia Girl earned a total box-office gross of P144.8 million, adding to John Lloyd's long list of blockbuster hits in the past years.

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Left to Right: Hello, Love, Goodbye, The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin, and A Second Chance are three of the highest-grossing Filipino films of the past decade.
PHOTO/S: Star Cinema
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