“Rewind” Breaks Records as Highest-Grossing Filipino Film

Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera in 'Rewind.’ PHOTO COURTESY OF STAR CINEMA
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Star Cinema’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry, “Rewind,” has achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time. Starring the beloved real-life couple Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera, this family drama has captivated audiences both locally and internationally.

Co-produced by APT Entertainment and Agosto Dos Pictures, “Rewind” has amassed an impressive total of P889 million in local and international sales as of January 26. This astounding figure has surpassed the previous record set by another Star Cinema production, “Hello, Love, Goodbye” (2019), which grossed P880 million.

The heartwarming story of “Rewind” revolves around the enduring love between Mary (played by Marian Rivera) and John (played by Dingdong Dantes). Throughout their marriage, John’s priorities undergo a transformation, straining their relationship. Tragically, a devastating accident claims Mary’s life. However, an extraordinary proposition presents itself, allowing John to turn back time.

Despite not receiving any awards during the MMFF Gabi ng Parangal held on December 27, 2023, “Rewind” has garnered overwhelming positive reception from viewers. This enthusiastic response has translated into sold-out screenings at multiple cinemas, prompting additional schedules and extended runs nationwide.

The success of “Rewind” extends beyond the borders of the Philippines. Currently, the film is still showing in over 270 cinemas across various countries, including the United States, United Arab Emirates, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Guam, and Saipan. This international reach demonstrates the universal appeal of the film’s themes and storytelling.

The achievement of “Rewind” in the Philippine film industry is a testament to the talent and hard work of the cast and crew involved. Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera’s on-screen chemistry, coupled with their real-life relationship, has undoubtedly resonated with audiences. Their performances have brought to life the complexities of love, marriage, and the longing for second chances.

Furthermore, the success of “Rewind” signifies the growing appreciation for Filipino cinema both locally and globally. It showcases the industry’s ability to produce compelling narratives that touch the hearts of viewers worldwide. The film’s record-breaking box office performance serves as a milestone, encouraging filmmakers to continue pushing boundaries and exploring new storytelling techniques.

As “Rewind” continues to captivate audiences in cinemas, it leaves a lasting impact on the Filipino film industry. Its success paves the way for future productions to strive for excellence and push the boundaries of storytelling. With its heartfelt narrative, talented cast, and universal themes, “Rewind” has undoubtedly etched its place in the annals of Filipino cinema history.

In conclusion, “Rewind” has shattered records and emerged as the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time. Its touching story, combined with the exceptional performances of Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera, has struck a chord with audiences worldwide. This achievement not only celebrates the success of the film but also highlights the talent and potential of the Philippine film industry on the global stage.

Source: The Manila Times

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