‘The Wolverine’ Hits P95-M in PH Weekend Box Office

“The Wolverine” ripped through new box-office highs earning P95 million on its four-day opening weekend in the Philippines and has now seized the Biggest Opening Weekend title for a Fox film all-time and is now the Highest Opening Weekend in the X-Men franchise.

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Hugh Jackman’s 6th donning of the adamantium-clawed hero evidently drew a stronghold of supporters and fans when “The Wolverine” yielded a solid P19 million earn on its opening day (July 25) with a tallied admission of 105, 045 in more than 300 screens in the country. The first opening day figure of “The Wolverine” ebbed down “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’s” hold as the Biggest Opening Day for a Fox film All-Time. Likewise, “The Wolverine’s” opening day box-office also surpassed “Captain America,” “Iron Man,” “Thor,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “X-Men First Class” and “X-Men: The Last Stand.”

The movie’s setting in Japan and Wolverine being vulnerable for the first time amplified the movie’s unique tone encouraging repeat views and positive reviews across the nation. Indestructible as adamantium, “The Wolverine’s” impressive performance on its first 4-day weekend opening clawed in the larger percentage of the market share at 72% over all other films that played on the same week.

“The Wolverine’s” highest opening weekend box-office receipts came from SM Mall of Asia with a gross of P4.9 million. Next top grosser listed is SM Megamall with P4.5 million followed by SM North Edsa/The Block with P4.03 million while Newport (P3.8 M) and Ayala Cinema’s Trinoma (P3.71 M) completed the top five grossing cinemas.

Still included within “The Wolverine’s” top 20 grossing cinemas are Glorietta4 (P3.4 M); Powerplant (P2.7 M); Greenbelt3 (P2.43 M); Gateway Cineplex/Ali Mall (P2.19 M); Theatremall (P2.18 M); Alabang Town Center (P2.08 M); Eastwood (P2.02 M); SM Cebu (P1.9 M); Shang Cineplex (P1.88 M); Robinson’s Galleria (P1.83 M); Robinson’s Magnolia (P1.73 M); Ayala Cebu (P1.62 M); Robinson’s Ermita (P1.61 M); SM Fairview (P1.34 M) and Market!Market! (P1.32 M).

Rediscovering the hero inside and on a perilous journey set in Japan amidst the maze of deceit, betrayal and honor, Logan aka Wolverine will truly come to know the price of a life without end.

“The Wolverine” is a 20th Century Fox offering still showing in cinemas nationwide in 2D and 3D format.

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‘The Wolverine’ Hits P95-M in PH Weekend Box Office

‘Ana Karenina’ Hits No. 3 Spot in Kantar’s National TV Ratings

Kapuso primetime teleseryes “Ana Karenina” and “Mundo Mo’y Akin” penetrated Kantar Media’s Top 5 last Friday, July 12, by capturing the no. 3 and no. 4 slots for the day’s Top 20 programs nationwide.

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Here are the Top 20 programs and comparative TV ratings nationwide on July 12, 2013 (Urban + Rural) according to Kantar Media:

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Daytime:

Matanglawin (Replay) (0.7%) vs. Wish Ko Lang Replay (1.3%)
Umagang Kay Ganda (4.7%) vs. Unang Hirit (4.7%)
Kris Tv (6.9%) vs. Doraemon (7.5%) / Detective Conan (8.4%) / Chibi Maruko-Chan (7.8%)
Yakitate!! Japan (7.2%) vs. Bleach (6.6%)
Kuroko’s Basketball (6.3%) vs. Ghost Fighter (6.9%)
Naruto Shippuuden (6.9%) vs. Kusina Master (5.2%)
Love Rain (9.1%) vs. With A Smile (6.2%)
Minute To Win It (13.5%) vs. Unexpected You (7.2%)
Be Careful With My Heart (22.0%) vs. The Ryzza Mae Show (12.2%)
It’s Showtime (12.1%) vs. Eat… Bulaga! (15.2%) vs. Wowowillie (3.3%)
My Little Juan (9.2%) vs. Mga Basang Sisiw (11.4%)
Dugong Buhay (10.8%) vs. Maghihintay Pa Rin (9.3%)
A Promise of A Thousand Days (9.0%) / Pinoy True Stories (8.7%) vs. Kakambal Ni Eliana (10.3%)
Absolute Boyfriend (11.2%) vs. My Daughter Seoyoung (8.1%)

Primetime:

Annaliza (18.2%) vs. Home Sweet Home (9.6%)
TV Patrol (28.7%) vs. 24 Oras (18.5%) vs. Cassandra Warrior Angel (5.0%)
Juan Dela Cruz (35.7%) / Muling Buksan Ang Puso (28.7%) vs. Anna Karenina (25.1%) / Mundo Mo’y Akin (23.6%) vs. Undercover (4.4%) / Misibis Bay (3.4%) Sine Ko 5ingko Prime (5.5%)
Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala (22.1%) / That Winter The Wind Blows (10.1%) vs. My Husband’s Lover (20.4%)
Bandila (4.1%) vs. Bubble Gang (10.6%) vs. Pilipinas News (1.8%) / Reaksyon Kasama Si Luchi Cruz-Valdes (0.9%)
Banana Nite (2.0%) vs. Saksi Liga Ng Katotohanan (4.1%) / Tim Yap Show (1.3%) vs. Ang Latest Up Late (0.4%) / The Medyo Latenight Show With Jojo A. (0.3%)

Source: Kantar Media

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‘Ana Karenina’ Hits No. 3 Spot in Kantar’s National TV Ratings

‘Pacific Rim’ Hits P83.25-M in PH in 4 Days

The colossal showdown between monster aliens and giant robots destroyed the competition, as Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ “Pacific Rim” grossed a victorious P83.25-million in just 4 days, opening at the top of Philippine box-office for the July 11-14 weekend.

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This was announced today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of film’s local distributor, Warner Bros. (F.E.), Inc.

“Pacific Rim” marked the year’s second biggest opening for Warner Bros., coming off the record-setting bow of “Man of Steel” last June. The studio also fired up the box-office last February with a No. 1 launch of “Jack the Giant Slayer.”

“`Pacific Rim’ continued the winning streak of Warner, and this bodes well for our remaining slate for 2013,” comments Soliven. “Frequently described as a nostalgic Valentine to fanboys, Guillermo Del Toro’s film has touched the hearts of a generation, while gaining new fans at the same time. It’s rip-roaring, monumental fight scenes and deeply human story have received critical acclaim and excellent word-of-mouth, and we’re excited to see how it will perform at the box office in the coming weeks.”

Warner has every reason to be positive since “Pacific Rim” is tracking higher than recently released movies in the same genre, namely “Wrath of the Titans,” “Real Steel,” “Battleship,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Terminator Salvation,” “Prometheus,” “War of the Worlds” and “The Day After Tomorrow.”

Bowing in 277 screens nationwide, the futuristic action-adventure recorded the biggest receipts at SM Mall of Asia with a massive P5.89-M , followed by SM North EDSA and Trinoma with P4.93-M and P3.28-M respectively.

Close to their heels are SM Megamall (P2.94-M), SM Cebu (P2.92-M), Glorietta 4 (P2.60-M), Greenbelt 3 (P2.34-M), Power Plant (P1.91-M), Alabang Town Center (P1.87-M) and SM Southmall (P1.85-M).

Also posting impressive grosses are Gateway (P1.78-M), SM Aura (P1.60-M), Eastwood (P1.56-M), Newport (P1.54-M), Theatremall (P1.53-M), Gaisano Davao (P1.36-M), Market! Market! (P1.34-M), Ayala Cebu (P1.32-M), Shang Cineplex (P1.24-M) and SM Fairview (P1.19-M).

In “Pacific Rim,” when legions of monstrous alien creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are synched via a neural bridge, called “The Drift.” But as the enemy grows more powerful with each attack, even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju.

On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a seemingly obsolete Jaeger. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Now showing across the Philippines in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D, 2D and regular theaters, “Pacific Rim” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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‘Pacific Rim’ Hits P83.25-M in PH in 4 Days

‘Four Sisters and a Wedding’ Hits P60 Million in 4 Days

The Star Cinema movie “Four Sisters and a Wedding” starring Shaina Magdayao, Angel Locsin, Bea Alonzo, Enchong Dee and Angel Locsin raked P60 million at the box-office four days after it opened in theaters last June 26.

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The box office report was announced by Boy Abunda on “The Buzz” Sunday afternoon.

The family comedy also stars Angeline Quinto, Connie Reyes, Sam Milby, Carmi Martin, Boboy Garovillo and Bernard Palanca, under the helm of box office director Cathy Garcia-Molina.

‘Four Sisters and a Wedding’ Hits P60 Million in 4 Days

‘Ina Kapatid Anak’ Finale Hits 42.9%, ‘The Voice of the Philippines’ Tops Sunday Viewing

Kantar Media National TV Ratings (June 14 to 16, 2013) – The finale of “Ina Kapatid Anak” soars at 42.9%; “MMK” tops Saturday while “The Voice of the Philippines” leads Sunday. ASAP 18 (12.6%) beats Sunday all Stars (10%).

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Here are the Top 20 programs and comparative TV ratings nationwide (rural + urban) from June 14 to 16, 2013 according to Kantar Media:

June 14, 2013 – Friday

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Daytime:

Kape’t Pandasal (0.3%) / Matanglawin (Replay) (0.8%) vs. Wish Ko Lang Replay (1.0%)
Umagang Kay Ganda (4.8%) vs. Unang Hirit (4.5%)
Kris Tv (6.3%) vs. Doraemon (7.3%) / Detective Conan (8.0%) / Chibi Maruko-Chan (7.2%)
2013 NBA Finals (Live) (21.2%) vs. Bleach (6.1%) / Ghost Fighter (6.6%) / Kusina Master (5.1%) / Unexpected You (6.3%)
Be Careful With My Heart (23.9%) vs. The Ryzza Mae Show (16.0%)
It’s Showtime (13.0%) vs. Eat… Bulaga! (14.4%) vs. Wowowillie (2.9%)
My Little Juan (9.5%) vs. Mga Basang Sisiw (9.0%)
Dugong Buhay (7.8%) vs. Maghihintay Pa Rin (8.3%)
A Promise of a Thousand Days (6.4%) / Pinoy True Stories (7.9%) vs. Kakambal Ni Eliana (10.5%)
To The Beautiful You (10.7%) vs. I Do I Do (11.5%)

Primetime:

Annaliza (17.1%) vs. Home Sweet Home (11.5%)
Tv Patrol (28.7%) vs. 24 Oras (17.5%) vs. Cassandra Warrior Angel (4.8%)
Juan Dela Cruz (38.1%) vs. Anna Karenina (18.2%) vs. Sine Ko 5ingko Prime (5.1%)
Ina Kapatid Anak (42.9%) vs. Mundo Mo’y Akin (15.7%)
Apoy Sa Dagat (21.3%) vs. My Husband’s Lover (15.9%) vs. Sine Ko 5ingko Prime (6.0%)
Missing You (10.6%) / Bandila (4.4%) vs. Bubble Gang (8.1%) vs. Pilipinas News (2.0%) / Reaksyon Kasama Si Luchi Cruz-Valdes (0.8%)
Banana Nite (2.3%) vs. Saksi Liga Ng Katotohanan (3.5%) / Tim Yap Show (1.1%) vs. Ang Latest Up Late (0.4%) / The Medyo Late Night Show With Jojo A. (0.2%)

June 15, 2013 – Saturday

June15

Daytime:

Sa Kabukiran (0.8%) vs. Adyenda (0.7%) / Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko (1.5%)
Salamat Dok (2.4%) vs. Pinoy Md Mga Doktor Ng Bayan (3.4%)
Kabuhayang Swak Na Swak (2.9%) vs. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (6.4%)
Honey Watch Out (2.3%) vs. Super Book (9.5%)
Why Not? (3.5%) vs. Tamagotchi! (9.7%)
Nihao Kai-Lan (3.9%) vs. Pororo (10.3%)
El Tigre The Adventures of Manny Rivera (4.4%) vs. Toriko (11.1%)
Planet Sheen (6.2%) vs. Tropang Potchi (7.4%)
Spongebob Squarepants (8.7%) / Promil Pre-School I Shine Talent Camp 2 (6.8%) vs. Sarap Diva (6.7%)
Be Careful With My Heart Sabado Rewind (7.5%) vs. Maynila (9.3%)
It’s Showtime (14.2%) vs. Eat… Bulaga! (15.6%) vs. Wowowillie (Saturday) (4.0%)
Showbiz Inside Report (7.2%) / S.O.C.O. (A Scene of The Crime Operatives) (8.3%) vs. Startalk (6.6%)
Failon Ngayon (8.2%) vs. Wish Ko Lang! (7.3%)

Primetime:

Tv Patrol Weekend (11.3%) vs. 24 Oras Weekend (8.0%)
Kapamilya Deal Or No Deal (17.7%) vs. One Day Isang Araw (12.8%)
Wansapanataym (28.7%) vs. Vampire Ang Daddy Ko (18.9%) vs. Tropang Kulit (3.6%)
MMK Ang Tahanan Mo (35.6%) vs. Magpakailanman (18.3%) vs. Hayop Sa Galing (4.2%)
The Voice of The Philippines (30.5%) vs. Celebrity Bluff (12.1%) vs. Sine Ko 5ingko Indie To (4.0%)
Toda Max (11.8%) / Banana Split Extra Scoop (5.7%) vs. Kapuso Movie Night (7.8%) vs. Rescue 5 (1.9%) Pilipinas News (1.0%) / Ang Latest Updated! (0.6%)
The Bottom Line With Boy Abunda (2.2%) / Sports Unlimited (0.9%) vs. Tunay Na Buhay (3.0%) / Walang Tulugan With Master Showman (0.8%)

June 16, 2013 – Sunday

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Daytime:

The Healing Eucharist (5.7%) vs. In Touch (1.2%)
Kabuhayang Swak Na Swak (4.3%) vs. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (5.0%)
Salamat Dok (3.5%) vs. Super Book (9.8%) / Cinderella (9.4%) / Pororo (9.4%)
The Super Hero Squad Show (5.6%) / Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man (5.3%) vs. Toriko (9.4%)
Matanglawin (7.6%) vs. Aha (8.8%) / Born Impact Born To Be Wild Weekend Edition (9.2%)
Cheche Lazaro Presents (7.5%) vs. Kapuso Movie Festival (13.6%)
ASAP 18 (12.6%) vs. Sunday All Stars (10.0%) / Teen Gen (7.2%)
Luv U (12.1%) vs. GMA Blockbusters (9.9%)
The Buzz (9.1%) vs. I Bilib Featuring: Is It Possible? (8.1%) / 24 Oras Weekend (8.3%) vs. Sine Ko 5ingko (Linggo) (6.5%)

Primetime:

TV Patrol Weekend (13.1%) vs. Kap’s Amazing Stories (12.5%) vs. Istorifik Pidol’s Kuwentong Fantastik (5.7%)
Goin’ Bulilit (18.5%) / Rated K Handa Na Ba Kayo? (22.5%) vs. Pepito Manaloto Ang Tunay Na Kuwento (21.6%) vs. Talentadong Pinoy (5.5%)
The Voice of The Philippines (27.7%) vs. Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (22.0%) vs. Sine Ko 5ingko Prime (Linggo) (3.3%)
Gandang Gabi Vice (17.0%) vs. Imbestigador (12.1%) vs. Pilipinas News (2.2%)
Voice of Mcdonald’s (5.5%) / Sunday’s Best (1.2%) vs. Sunday Night Box Office (5.1%) vs. Sine Ko 5ingko (Linggo) (2.5%)

Source: Kantar Media

‘Ina Kapatid Anak’ Finale Hits 42.9%, ‘The Voice of the Philippines’ Tops Sunday Viewing

‘Bromance’ Hits P50-M on its 1st Week

If long lines at movie theaters and rave reviews from critics and fans alike are any indication, Skylight Films couldn’t have asked for a better or more successful initial foray into comedy than the Zanjoe Marudo-led Bromance: “My Brother’s Romance.”

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Directed by Wenn V. Deramas, the movie zoomed to the top of the box office in its first week and continues to make millions with each passing day. In fact, “Bromance: My Brother’s Romance” has earned a staggering 50 million pesos to date and counting. This marks the movie by far as the highest grossing film of Skylight Films.

One of the reasons why people continue to flock to movie theaters for Bromance: My Brother’s Romance is the stellar performance of its male lead. Moviegoers wanted to see if the early buzz surrounding Zanjoe’s portrayal of identical twins Brando and Brandy is true—and they were not disappointed at all. The Cinema Evaluation Board commended the movie and Zanjoe in his acting.

“The casting is excellent. Zanjoe Marudo is a revelation, as he essayed both his roles with great versatility. Bromance: My Brother’s Romance is a good vehicle for him to display his range. This is his best movie—his performance is commendable and effortless—and it’s the perfect launching movie for him,” in the review by the board.

Zanjoe acknowledges that Direk Wenn’s magic touch helped a lot. When they were shooting the movie, Direk Wenn gave Zanjoe very specific advice on how best to bring Brando to life. “Sabi niya wag kong isipin na bading si Brandy, isipin ko daw na si Brandy ay babae, so d’un ko mas nilaro yung utak ko, na babae siya. Kambal nga kami, pero ‘babae ako, lalaki ka’, kaya lang, ang itsura ko, lalaki, kaya nagmumukhang bading si Brandy, Inimagine ko na pusong babae talaga si Brandy, napakalambot at sensitive talaga. Mukhang nakita naman ng mga nanood yung pagkakaiba ng dalawa.”

Direk Wenn brought a different flavor to Bromance: My Brother’s Romance from his previous cinema movies —Praybeyt Benjamin, Sisterakas and This Guy’s In Love With You, Mare, all of broke records at the box office too!

On Direk Wenn’s skillful handling of the movie, the CEB wrote, “It is very entertaining and not at all strained in the flow of the comedic materials. This film is a marked improvement compared to Wenn Deramas’ past works in this genre. Direk Wenn has scored a comedic masterpiece where his hilarious gags are very effective. He gives the film an engaging treatment where there is hardly a dull moment in it. In short, the direction is very good because Direk Wenn knows his subject matter very well.”

The CEB also praised the script, which was co-written by Direk Wenn and writers Ayz De Guzman and Danno Kristopher C. Mariquit. In its review, the CEB said that the film is unabashedly done in slapstick fashion, the script is still very amusing and witty. The screenplay is well-written and is complemented by the right comedic timing and enthusiastic portrayals by the main and supporting cast. The script is ridiculously funny yet heartwarming with crisp punchlines delivered at just the right time. There is a method to this madness and this time it works. The story makes no qualms that it is pure slapstick.”

The celebrity friends of Zanjoe Marudo and Direk Wenn Deramas attended the special celebrity screening of Bromance: My Brother’s Romance. Enchong Dee couldn’t get enough of the punchlines. “Ang daming bagong mga jokes,” he enthused. “Yung difference pati nina Brando at Brandy, kitang-kita, tapos yung Brando na nagpapaka-Brandy ang galing.”

“Sobra po siyang nakakatawa,” Andi Eigenmann said. “Talagang relatable siya at ang daming bago at the same time, kaya masarap siyang panoorin.”

But the movie is not just to end up with these glowing reviews “Bromance: My Brother’s Romance” is best experienced in person, so go line up at a cinema near you while it’s still in theaters!

Bromance: My Brother’s Romance also boasts of a hilarious yet no less stellar supporting cast composed of Cristine Reyes (who plays Zanjoe’s love interest Erika) Arlene Muhlach, Joy Viado, Manuel Chua, Boom Labrusca, Joey Paras, Lassy, Nikki Valdez, Maricar De Mesa, Abbie Bautista, Carlo Romero and Jeff Luna.

The movie is still showing in cinemas nationwide.

‘Bromance’ Hits P50-M on its 1st Week

Erotic Thriller ‘Palitan’ Hits Theaters on May 22

Finally hitting cinemas on May 22 is Ato Bautista’s award-winning erotic thriller “Palitan” starring Alex Medina, Mon Confiado and Mara Lopez.

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Set in the gritty corners of Raon, Quiapo, “Palitan” shows that in desperate times, bargains are made inexchange for heavy sacrifices.

The leads are played by showbiz scions Mara Lopez and Alex Medina. Mara is the daughter of beauty queen-turned-actress Maria Isabel Lopez and a darling of local independent films. While Alex is the son of veteran actor Pen Medina and a mainstay of the top-rating ABS-CBN teleserye “Ina, Kapatid, Anak” where he plays the characterof Diego.

The script of “Palitan” required both young performers to do very sensitive scenes. “My character is my polar opposite. The film took a lot from me. It was truly the most challenging role I had to portray not just physically but emotionally,” said Mara. “It was my first time to go bold or daring. and it was harder than I thought,” Alex admitted. In spite of the challenges,both did extremely well in this film. Mara and Alex won Best Actress and Best Actor respectively at the Cinema One Originals Film Festival 2012.

The story begins with Nestor (Alex) who is heavily in debt to his boss Ramiro (Mon Confiado), an owner of an electronics shop. One of Ramiro’s dangerous cravings is aimed at Nestor’s young, lovely common-law wife, Luisa (Mara). The love-starved and porn-tired Ramiro proposes a deal with Nestor: secretly shoot Luisa’s naked body as she bathes and give the footage to him. If Nestor complies, his debt would supposedly disappear. “Palitan” is a film that pushes the characters into the limits of power play, love, lust, deceit, jealousy and pride.

Director Ato Bautista‘s treatment is fearless. He said, “I always dare myself to do new things every time I make a film… For ‘Palitan, ‘I sought to shoot the longest and most steamy bedscene that I could.”

“Palitan” makes a daring move on May 22 as it opens at the following Metro Manila theaters Shangri-La Cineplex, SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria, SM North EDSA, SM Mall of Asia, SM San Lazaro, SM Manila, SM Centerpoint, SM Fairview, SM Marikina, SM Southmall, and Eastwood Cinema. It opens on the same date at provincial theaters SM Bacoor, SM San Fernando, Robinsons San Fernando, SM Clark Pampanga, Robinsons Sta. Rosa, Robinsons Lipa, SM Cebu, SM Davao, Robinsons Iloilo, and Robinsons Bacolod. The film is rated R-16 without cuts by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.

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Erotic Thriller ‘Palitan’ Hits Theaters on May 22