I Love You, Hater earned P40 million in the box-office in a span of five days, according to Star Cinema.
The comeback movie of Kris Aquino and the fourth big-screen team-up of Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia grossed this amount as of last Sunday, July 15, 2018.
The announcement from Star Cinema came hours after Kris admitted she was initially "disappointed" by the box-office performance of I Love You, Hater.
(Read: Kris Aquino initially "disappointed" by box-office performance of I Love You, Hater)
In this film, Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto bring life to two young professionals: Joko Macaraeg and Zoey Rivera, respectively.
They are fighting for the same high-paying job, with Joko wanting to help his family out of their financial troubles while Zoey aims to prove herself to her father.
Director Giselle Andres pointed out that there was really an attempt from ABS-CBN’s film production and distribution unit’s team to deviate from what the JoshLia love team has already delivered on screen, including the drama film Love You to the Stars and Back.
“When we were coming up with a concept, we had a hard time because they were already established. We challenged ourselves to come up with a concept that will show a different side of them,” Andres was quoted as saying.
I Love You, Hater marks the big-screen comeback of Kris who is cast as online media mogul Sasha Imperial. She pits the characters of Joshua and Julia against each other and tests which assistant is really the best for her.
Andres said that while the creative team wanted a different material for JoshLia, they only had one actress in mind for the role of the lady boss.
The young filmmaker who worked as an Assistant Director to most of director Olivia Lamasan’s films for the past eight years, said, “When we were coming up with a concept, we needed a major character to set the arena for JoshLia and we couldn’t think of anyone else but Kris Aquino.
"Initially, I thought she may not accept the project but when she agreed, I became so nervous because she is Kris Aquino. To my pleasant surprise, I didn’t have any problems at all.”