Which film is the top-grossing movie in the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival?
This is a highly debated topic that has caused a flurry of exchanges among celebrities and film executives.
In order to settle the issue, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) investigated on the controversial matter.
It turns out that Beauty and the Bestie is the No. 1 entry of MMFF 2015.
This information is based on reliable PEP sources from the industry and cinemas.
Based on the box-office figures on January 7, the final day of the MMFF, the movie Beauty and the Bestie emerged as the top-grosser.
Topbilled by Vice Ganda and Coco Martin, this action-comedy film is produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films. The movie directed by Wenn Deramas also features the Jadine love team of James Reid and Nadine Lustre.
(Read: MMFF2015 ends with P1.02 billion; Star Cinema claims Beauty and the Bestie is "number one" with P428M)
The Executive Committee announced that the eight official entries of MMFF 2015 had a combined box-office gross of P1.02 billion.
This box-office figure represents ticket sales from December 25, 2015 to January 7, 2016.
However, the Exe Comm did not disclose the ranking of the official entries and the Top Four entries were always cited in no particular order.
PEP sources have disclosed the ranking of the Top Four of the 41st MMFF:
They are as follows:
1. Beauty and the Bestie
2. My Bebe Love
3. Walang Forever
4. Haunted Mansion
Beauty and the Bestie was able to earn P428 million by January 7, according to Star Cinema.
The box-office ranking of the other competing entries of MMFF 2015 were not revealed.
Here they are in alphabetical order: All You Need is Pag-ibig; Buy Now Die Later; Honor Thy Father; and Nilalang.
My Bebe Love: #Kilig Pa More started out strong in the box-office as it emerged as the No. 1 entry during the first few days.
However, it was unable to reach the P400 million mark by January 7, according to a PEP source.
Directed by Joey Reyes, this romantic comedy starred Vic Sotto, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Alden Richards, and introduced Maine Mendoza.
(Read: My Bebe Love leads MMFF 2015 box-office race on first three days)
Direk Wenn told PEP.ph in an interview that Beauty and the Bestie earned P481 million in the box-office as of 7 p.m. of January 12.
He pointed out that this MMFF 2015 entry was able to overtake the box-office gross of the John Lloyd Cruz-Bea Alonzo movie, A Second Chance, as well as the record set by Vice Ganda's MMFF 2014 entry The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin.
"Na-surpass na namin yung Praybeyt Benjamin last year which is P456 [million], at na-surpass na rin namin yung A Second Chance na P480 [million], sa local," said Direk Wenn.
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Beauty and the Bestie is No. 1 in MMFF 2015; Top 4 ranking revealed
by Jocelyn Dimaculangan posted on January 14, 2016