MANILA—Columbia Pictures' Angels & Demons, a religious thriller set in the Vatican, received the blessings of Filipino audiences as it opened on 172 theatres at No. 1 with a nationwide, three-day opening weekend of P43.4 million for the period May 15-17. This was announced today, May 18, by Victor Cabrera, managing director of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. which locally distributes the film.
"A family-friendly rating of R-13 and strong reviews helped push the film soar to box-office heaven," observed Cabrera.
The Philippine opening echoed the massive debut of Angels in the international box-office (outside the U.S.) at a robust $104.3 million, giving it the 10th best foreign opening of all time, according to Variety. The film is on track to equal the $540-million international gross of its predecessor, 2006's The Da Vinci Code. Both movies were based on bestsellers by controversial author Dan Brown.
Angels & Demons also scored the biggest international opening since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull debuted to $146 million over Memorial Day weekend in 2008.
The action-thriller Angels & Demons saw its top foreign gross in Germany, where it earned $12.7 million, followed by $11.4 million in Italy—the fifth biggest debut ever in that country. It grossed $9.7 million in the U.K., $7 million in Spain and $6.3 million in France.
Directed by Ron Howard, Angels & Demons stars Tom Hanks as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon who finds himself in the heart of the Vatican, attempting to save the Church from one of its oldest enemies: the Illuminati.
The Philippine cinemas that garnered the biggest receipts are Trinoma (P2.54 million), SM Mall of Asia (P2.22 million), SM North EDSA (P1.98 million), SM Megamall (P1.95 million), Glorietta 4 (P1.82 million), Power Plant (P1.78 million), Gateway Mall, (P1.67 million), Greenbelt 3 (P1.56 million), Eastwood (P1.55 million) and Shangri-la Mall (P1.38 million).
Rounding out the list are Greenhills (P1.25 million), Robinsons Ermita (P1.22 million), Alabang Town Center (P1.19 million), Ayala Cebu (P1.12 million), Festival Mall (P1.07 million), SM Cebu (P1.04 million), Robinsons Galleria (P1.03 million), SM Clark (P643,398), SM Manila (P632,002) and SM Baguio (P594,622).
Still playing across the Philippines, Angels & Demons is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.