John Lloyd Cruz and Toni Gonzaga were honored yesterday, August 18, as the Box-Office King and Queen of 2010.
They were honored by SM Cinema executives during the Cinexpo film seminar held yesterday at the SM Mall of Asia Centerstage.
Based on data from SM Cinema, My Amnesia Girl was the highest-grossing, locally-produced movie in 2010.
This is based on movies screened from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010.
It is interesting to note that Metro Manila Film Fest entries were screened for only a few days in December 2010 but extended until January 2011.
SM is currently operating 230 cinemas in 40 branches nationwide, representing 70 percent of movie houses in the Philippines. (CLICK HERE to view the Top 10 highest grossing local movies in 2010.)
Toni expressed gratitude for being accorded the title.
"Nagpapasalamat tayo sa SM dahil 70 percent ng mga cinemas ng Pilipinas ay pag-aari ng SM. Malaking bahagi ito ng pelikulang Pilipino. Nagpapasalamat tayo sa karangalan na ito."
How would Toni compare herself to Ai-Ai delas Alas?
The TV host-actress admitted, "Parang ang hirap naman po... Parang hindi naman po ako puwede ikumpara kay Ms. Ai-Ai kasi Comedy Queen po siya.
"Mahirap po i-compare ang sarili natin. We can only do so much and I can only give my best.
"Nasa viewers na yun kung paano nila tatanggapin ang pelikula."
WEDDING PLANS? Since Toni has been in a relationship with director Paul Soriano for four years, she was asked if she has plans to settle down.
"Meron naman tayong planong bumuo ng pamilya, pero wala namang deadline.
"Pero ako, lagi kong sinasabi, ideal age ko 30-plus, kasi maraming trabaho at gina-grab po muna natin ang lahat ng opportunities.
"Sa akin, matagal pa ang ganyang bagay."
She says that Direk Paul is not pressuring her to settle down anytime soon.
Is she affected by rumors linking Paul to other women?
"Ay, sanay na ako kasi may mga ka-loveteam rin ako at nali-link rin ako. Hindi na naaapektuhan."
In case they do tie the knot in the future, what is Toni’s dream wedding?
She answered by saying, "Simple lang. Gusto ko lang makasal sa church kung saan ako lumaki sa Taytay. Masaya na ako doon.
"Basta pangarap ko ang mapapangasawa ko, dream wedding na yun."
WORKING WITH ZANJOE. This August 31, Toni will have a radical transformation for her latest movie titled Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi.
Toni plays a provincial lass who works in Japan for three years and becomes a ’liberated’ woman when she returns in the hopes of getting married to Zanjoe’s character. (CLICK HERE to read more about this movie.)
When asked to give her assessment of Zanjoe’s acting in the movie, Toni pointed out: "Lahat ng nakatrabaho natin, may sari-sariling kakanyahan at abilidad.
"Si Zanjoe nakasama ko dati sa 2007 para sa You Got Me, unang pelikula yun ni Zanjoe at masasabi ko na dito sa pelikulang ito, napakalaki ng maturity ni Zanjoe, not just as a person but as an actor."
She added: "Si Zanjoe hindi naman mahirap pakisamahan dahil mabait at totoong tao siya."