The 49th edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has been a resounding success, attracting audiences from all over the Philippines. After more than a week since its opening, the festival’s executive committee has announced the top 10 grossing movies of the year. Although specific box office figures were not revealed to ensure fairness among all participating entries, the list gives us a glimpse of the films that have captured the hearts of Filipino moviegoers.
The top 10 grossing movies of the 49th MMFF are as follows: “Family of Two,” “(K)Ampon,” “Penduko,” “Rewind,” “Becky and Badette,” “Broken Heart’s Trip,” “Firefly,” “GomBurZa,” “Mallari,” and “When I Met You in Tokyo.” These films will continue to be screened nationwide until January 7, giving audiences more opportunities to enjoy the diverse offerings of the festival.
While the official box office figures have not been disclosed, insiders have revealed that Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes’ film “Rewind,” produced by Star Cinema, has emerged as the highest-grossing film among the 10 entries. Despite not winning any awards during the Gabi ng Parangal held on December 27, the celebrity couple’s comeback movie has resonated with audiences, showcasing their enduring popularity. Piolo Pascual’s “Mallari” and the historical biopic “GomBurZa” follow closely behind in terms of ticket sales.
Since its opening on Christmas Day, December 25, 2023, the MMFF has garnered an impressive P700 million in earnings, according to a post on its official Facebook page. This achievement is a testament to the enduring appeal of Filipino cinema and the support of the public.
In a heartfelt message in Filipino, the MMFF expressed its gratitude to the public for joining in the celebration of the Filipino film festival. The success of the MMFF is not only a testament to the talent and creativity of the industry but also a reflection of the audience’s unwavering support for local films and artists.
The MMFF has broken records in the past, with the 2018 edition earning a historic P1.060 billion in box office gross. This surpassed the previous record set by the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival, which earned P10 million less than the 2018 edition. These milestones highlight the continued growth and popularity of the festival, cementing its position as a significant event in the Philippine film industry.
As the 49th MMFF continues to captivate audiences, it is a reminder of the power of storytelling and the impact of cinema in bringing people together. The festival not only showcases the creativity and talent of Filipino filmmakers but also provides a platform for diverse stories to be told and heard. The success of the MMFF is a testament to the vibrant and thriving film industry in the Philippines, and it is a celebration of the rich cultural heritage and artistic achievements of the country.
In conclusion, the 49th Metro Manila Film Festival has been a resounding success, with the top grossing movies captivating audiences and breaking records. As the festival continues to screen nationwide, audiences can look forward to experiencing the magic of Filipino cinema and supporting the local film industry.
Source: The Manila Times