MMFF 2009 entries grossed P265 million as of December 30

With Ang Panday at the helm, the 2009 Metro Manila Film Fest executive committee reports that box-office earnings (as of December 30, 2009) have reached P265,282,000. Joining the float of the fantasy film Ang Panday were (from left, standing) Phillip Salvador, Iza Calzado, Rhian Ramos and Bong Revilla Jr. (Seated, from left) Buboy Villar and Geoff Eigenmann also joined the cast members in the annual MMFF parade.

Ric Camaligan, Metro Manila Film Festival executive committee member, disclosed the box-office figures of the seven official entries of the 35th MMFF.

He observed, "Everybody is picking up. Ang Panday started with very strong sales Metro Manila but now it also very strong in the provinces. I believe this will go on."

In an interview with GMA-7 aired tonight on 24 Oras, he reported the following box-office figures as of yesterday, December 30:

Ang Panday P55,977,000
Ang Darling Kong Aswang P55,010,000
Shake Rattle and Roll XI P51,781,000
I Love You Goodbye P51,759,000
Mano Po 6: A Mother’s Love P25,239,000
Nobody Nobody but Juan P23,177,000
Wapakman P2,339,000

These figures amount to P265,282,000

Hailed as the Best Picture of the 35th MMFF, Ang Panday bagged six other trophies during the awards night held last December 28 at the SMX Convention Center. Co-produced by GMA Films and Imus Productions, this Bong Revilla Jr.-starrer earned for him Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor for Phillip Salvador, Best Child Performer for Robert "Buboy" Villar, Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, and Best Theme Song ("Tanging Ikaw Lamang" by Ogie Alcasid).

Mr. Camaligan, who is also the Vice President of Operations for SM, is confident that earnings this year will reach their target of P500 million. "Last year, we reached P451 million. Ang target naman ngayon ay P500 million or half a billion. Sa tingin ko aabot tayo," he says.

The box-office earnings are earmarked for the following beneficiaries: the Movie Workers’ Welfare Fund, Film Academy of the Philippines, Film Development Council of the Philippines, Optical Media Board, Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council; and the President’s Social Fund.

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