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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 11, 2011

Metro Filmfest box office topped previous years

THE METRO FILMFEST officially ended last Saturday and it’s a bonafide hit as the box office take topped all past other festival earnings with it P530 million gross. Last year, it grossed only P437 million so it gained P90 million plus more this year. “Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote” remains the topgrosser at P159 million, with its P32 million gross on opening day breaking box office records. But the awards won by “Tanging Ina Mo” helped attract more viewers and it earned P157 million. “Dalaw” is a distant third at P96 million while “Shake, Rattle and Roll 12” is fourth at P50 million. “Shake” used to be No. 3 in past festivals but the fact that it has a direct competitor as a horror flick in “Dalaw” stole most of its viewers. The other entries are ranked “RPG Metanoia” as No. 6, “Super Inday” as No. 7, then “Rosario” and “Fr. Jejemon”.

Most of the entries are extended in various theatres (let’s see who has the longest legs at the tills), so it’s not surprising if they’d make additional revenues, what with the foreign films that opened after the filmfest not really that attractive, like “The Tourist”, “Gulliver’s Travels”, “Little Fockers” and “Tron”. We’ve seen “The Tourist” and it’s really such a disappointing vehicle for big Hollywood stars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. Directed by the German filmmaker who won the Oscar foreign language film for “The Lives of Others” (a truly much superior film), “The Tourist” is about an innocent bystander who gets embroiled in dangerous situations due to her involvement with a mysterious woman. This kind of story is the stuff that Alfred Hitchcock was so adept in doing and, maybe, if he were the one who did it, it’d have come out better. But Depp (who’s at his best as the inebriated Jack Sparrow) is so miscast in the role (the kind played with much charm by the likes of Cary Grant and James Stewart in Hitchcock’s films). Angelina looks properly beautiful and alluring as the female lead, but she’s still no Grace Kelly or Ingrid Bergman (who excelled in Hitchcock films.) It’s also so easy to guess the twist in the story.