Kris Aquino opened up about the box-office performance of her latest movie I Love You, Hater.
Through a series of Instagram posts, the former TV host revealed that she was "disappointed" by the box-office performance of her Star Cinema film during its first two days.
The former ABS-CBN actress also pointed out that she did not want to ruin the track record of Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto who have always appeared in box-office hits.
In her first Instagram post, Kris wrote:
"Warning Mahaba: hindi po ako humingi ng favors for “i love you hater” because at this point- ayokong ilagay ang tinuturing kong KONTI pero totoong kaibigan sa alanganin.
"#satruelang i was disappointed sa 1st 2 days kasi ‘di nakakahiya yung finished product & i gave all to #Sasha.
"Mostly ayokong sirain ang box office track record ng #joshlia. Then Friday, 1 by 1 nag send ng pics through iMessage & Viber lahat ng kusang nanuod, mga barkada at pamilyang sabay2 nagbayad at nanuod.
"Then today habang binabantayan si kuya- may friend akong simpleng nagsabi na may pa block screening sya next week; may kaibigan na nanlibre ng staff of 20 para bonding nila, may mayor na pina happy ang constituents nya, may friends na umuwing Nueva Ecija & 18 silang nanuod, companies na nagpa abot regarding how many tickets they reserved for their employees. A designer friend said treat nya lahat ng workers nya to watch tomorrow, a PR company KCAP works with reserved 4 block screenings. 2 big bosses messaged last night to say they made time to watch. More friends & companies bought block screenings but their marketing bosses watched today w/ their families."
Kris said that she cried because of what her friend did:
"Tapos dito ko naluha- 1 exceptional true friend simply messaged me- she bought 20 block screenings for her workers & their families in SM Cinemas next week..."
The I Love You, Hater actress also disclosed that she has been fighting some legal battles recently.
"Di ako makapag SHARE ng lahat ng PAIN na tinago ko mula July 6 hanggang ngayon - dahil hindi lahat ng battles i fight you need to know (this time not for the Aquino name but for simply my name & copyrighted/trademarked signature KRIS) itinago dahil pinromise kay God at sa mga lawyers na shut up muna ako...
"Pero sa lahat ng nagparamdam na nasaan man ako nakatayo- my whole HEART says THANK YOU for making me feel #loved.
"(Lastly publicly nag so-sorry ako sa core group ng fans ko-the #KrisyGirls. Hard earned money yung pinang block screening nila nung Thu 3 PM pero 160/105 ang BP ko-palipad nung gabi. Marami akong nabasang [heartbroken emoji] statements sa group chat namin- ibang paratang tagos sa buto yung sakit. Nagpunta si kuya & bimb pero wala ako. Nanay ako kaya nag delete ng mesenger kasi panahon na lang ang makaka solve ng mutual pain namin.)"
In her second Instagram post, Kris expressed her gratitude to those whom she considers as her true friends.
"i cannot name the place nor the family- pero ito yung niregalo sa kin today ng isang totoong kaibigan... walang exag- naiyak kami ni Ate.
"I sent her the pics. From 2010 to 2016- WALA silang napakinabangan sa min at all - pero hindi sila ever pumalya. Regular ang kamusta, regular ang pagpadala ng pagkain, hindi nagbago ang pagtingin... Kung pwede ko lang pagsigawan para maka THANK YOU. Pero alam na ni God kung gaano kahalaga itong ginawa nya para sa ‘kin.
"Sabi nga ng Ate ko: these are the moments that will always remind you that TRUE FRIENDS REALLY EXIST. Sana nga talaga bilog ang mundo- para mabigyan ako ng chance na masuklian ang pagmamahal at no questions asked na suportang pinaramdam nila sa kin. #loved"
Kris then gave a message to fans who have been criticizing ABS-CBN for supposedly not supporting I Love You, Hater:
"(to my supporters- i have 1 request- ako na naman kasi ang mabubutasan pag bi-nash nyo ang ABS CBN dahil sa ramdam ninyong hindi sila sumuporta sa “i love you hater”... Ibalato nyo na po sa ‘kin. Nasabi ko naman na buong buo ang loob at paninindigan-inaako ko ang kinalabasan ng kita ng “i love you hater” - kaya kong gawin yun dahil mahabang mahaba pa ang journey ni @garciajoshuae & @juliabarretto. They don’t deserve to suffer for having worked w/ me... Mahusay na director si @igisellle & naging mabuti ang trato sa kin ng mga naka trabaho ko sa @starcinema...
"To paraphrase the dialogue of Sasha: You cannot force someone to love you. You can only choose to keep on loving. So now as Kris- i’ve learned to choose the path of courage, peace & dignity.) #laban"
In her third Instagram post, Kris that she will not blame anybody for the box-office performance of I Love You, Hater.
"i promised myself- walang sisihan... marami pong pinagdaanan sa dati kong home network magmula nag contract signing hanggang mag showing ang “i love you hater” pero NAPANINDIGAN na hindi magsalita kahit bugbog na bugbog na ang puso.
"Yung premiere night- meron po akong 8 layouts pa, pero si Bimb ang nagsabi: you need to attend Mama, the ones being mean to you aren’t the ones part of the movie... May last day of shoots ako today- pero ito yung gumising sa kin.
"Messages from followers & friends asking paano ba magpa block screening & yung last was a friend actually buying the whole screening for workers, friends, and family... i know why they are making this effort- simply to show me- na hindi ako nag-iisa. From my heart- you have my eternal gratitude.
"Pinangako ko rin na no names will be mentioned BUT i have to say this, only 2 former coworkers wished me well & they deserve this SHOUTOUT of gratitude- thank you @darla & @ericksalud. Those 2 messages you sent will forever be saved in my memory bank of “there are still true friends in this world”... Sa inyong lahat na gumagawa ng paraan para iparamdam sa kin that i matter to you- THANK YOU."
In her fourth Instagram post, Kris dropped hints that the the box-office performance of I Love You, Hater already improved during the weekend:
"A friend sent this, just purchased now... and i got word from @visionerickson that our Saturday & Sunday box office both individually doubled the sales of opening day. We have a faithful & loving God who brought so many angels into my life. Maraming salamat po."