‘Joker’ grossed P256-M in PH, over $800-M worldwide; now highest-grossing R-rated film of all time

The character’s first-ever standalone film is also WB Philippines’ biggest hit of the year

MANILA, October 29, 2019 – Since it’s opening earlier this month, Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and BRON Creative’s “Joker” has been a powerhouse across the globe, passing the milestone $800 million mark, making it the highest grossing R-rated film of all time worldwide at $804.4 million and counting.  The announcement was made Oct. 26 by Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

The film’s impressive opening weekend totals made “Joker” the biggest October opener of all time in the US and worldwide, including the Philippines whose cumulative gross as of Oct. 26 is a whopping Php256 million, and still rising.  “Joker” has also surpassed “Shazam!” as Warner Bros. Philippines’ top-grossing release of 2019.

In the US, the film has grossed $264.1 million in just three weeks and can boast numerous October records, including largest pre-show, and largest Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  It also earned the largest all-time opening for a drama, an R-rated DC film, a Todd Phillips film, a Joaquin Phoenix film, a Robert De Niro film, and a Village Roadshow film.

Internationally, “Joker” has garnered a total of $540.3 million and holds records for the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time (including the Philippines), the highest-grossing Warner Bros. film of all time in 14 markets, including Argentina and Mexico, and the highest-grossing DC film in 30 markets, including Italy, Spain, Russia, Argentina and Mexico.

In making the announcement, Emmerich stated, “Todd Phillips’s bold, creative vision is evident in every frame of ‘Joker,’ matched only by Joaquin Phoenix’s incomparable interpretation of this iconic character.  What they and everyone who worked on this film created has clearly resonated with audiences worldwide.  We congratulate them and our colleagues at DC on reaching this extraordinary benchmark, and I personally want to congratulate the entire Warner Bros. team on the roll-out of this film.”

About “Joker”

Forever alone in a crowd, Arthur Fleck seeks connection.  Yet, as he trods the sooted Gotham City streets and rides the graffitied mass transit rails of a hostile town teeming with division and dissatisfaction, Arthur wears two masks.  One, he paints on for his day job as a clown.  The other he can never remove; it’s the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel he’s a part of the world around him, and not the misunderstood man whom life is repeatedly beating down.  Fatherless, Arthur has a fragile mother, arguably his best friend, who nicknamed him Happy, a moniker that’s fostered in Arthur a smile that hides the heartache beneath.  But, when bullied by teens on the streets, taunted by suits on the subway, or simply teased by his fellow clowns at work, this social outlier only becomes even more out of sync with everyone around him.

Directed, co-written and produced by Todd Phillips, “Joker” is the filmmaker’s original vision of the infamous DC villain, an origin story infused with, but distinctly outside, the character’s more traditional mythologies.  Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society.  Longing for any light to shine on him, he tries his hand as a stand-up comic, but finds the joke always seems to be on him.  Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty and, ultimately, betrayal, Arthur makes one bad decision after another that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty, allegorical character study.

Three-time Oscar nominee Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line,” “Gladiator”) stars in the titular role alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “The Godfather: Part II”).  The film also stars Zazie Beetz (TV’s “Atlanta,” “Deadpool 2”), Frances Conroy (TV’s “American Horror Story,” Hulu’s “Castle Rock”), Brett Cullen (“42,” Netflix’s “Narcos”), Glenn Fleshler (TV’s “Billions,” “Barry”), Bill Camp (“Red Sparrow,” “Molly’s Game”), Shea Whigham (“First Man,” “Kong: Skull Island”), Marc Maron (TV’s “Maron,” “GLOW”), Douglas Hodge (“Red Sparrow,” TV’s “Penny Dreadful”), Josh Pais (upcoming “Motherless Brooklyn,” “Going in Style”) and Leigh Gill (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”).

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, in Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, in Association with BRON Creative, a Joint Effort Production, a Film by Todd Phillips, “Joker.”  It is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.  

Still playing in Philippine cinemas nationwide, “Joker” has been rated R-16 by the MTRCB for strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language and brief sexual images.

‘Joker’ opens at no.1 in PH, grosses P77.2-M in 4 days

MANILA, October 8, 2019 — Joker is King of the Philippine box-office this weekend with an explosive opening that overpowered the competition, demolished records and satisfied fans.

With unprecedented interest and fan curiosity for one of the most fascinating villains in the history of the superhero genre, Joker posted a four-day opening weekend gross of P77.2-million from 354 screens with 302,506 total admissions.  The film became the third movie from Warner to open at No.1 this year, after the blockbusters Shazam! and IT Chapter Two.

Lead actor Joaquin Phoenix’s bravura performance also garnered universal acclaim that sparked the trending #GiveJoaquinTheOscarNow.  

En route to a wild victory at the box-office, Joker dethroned the Biggest Opening Weekend record for an R-16-rated movie (or higher) from Warner, besting 2014’s 300: Rise of an Empire (P66.9-M).

The film also now holds the record for the Biggest Opening Weekend for a Todd Phillips movie, more than doubling 2013’s The Hangover Part III (P32.4-M).

Joker’s Top Three biggest-grossing cinemas in the country are Trinoma (P2.4-M), Glorietta 4 (P2.39-M) and Powerplant (P2.35-M).

Breaking into the Top Fifteen are SM Megamall (P2.2-M), SM Mall of Asia (P2.08-M), Uptown Mall (P1.64-M), Ayala Center Cebu (P1.61-M), Greenbelt 3 (P1.59-M), Red Carpet-Shang (P1.56-M), SM North EDSA (P1.49-M), U.P. Town Center (P1.426-M), Bonifacio High Street (P1.422-M), Theatremall (P1.34-M), Alabang Town Center (P1.26-M) and Robinsons Magnolia (P1.19-M).

Rounding up the Top Thirty are Gateway Cineplex (P1.14-M), SM Aura (P1.11-M), Eastwood (P1.03-M), Fisher Mall (P956,940), SM Baguio (P952,320), Robinsons Ermita (P922,250), SM Cebu (P910,542), Vista Mall Evia (P910,320), Ayala Manila Bay (P804,432), Abreeza Davao (P802,165), Ayala The 30th (P794,632), Newport (P749,880), Ayala Vertis (P727,075), SM Seaside Cebu (P707,034) and Fairview Terraces (P695,050).

Joker is rated R-16 Without Cuts by the Movie and Television Review & Classification Board (MTRCB) for its violent content and serious themes.  The film earlier won the coveted Golden Lion prize at this year’s edition of the prestigious Venice Film Festival, boosting its stature as prime contender for the upcoming Academy Awards.

Now playing in Philippine cinemas, Joker is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.  Use the hashtag #JokerMovie

About “Joker”

Forever alone in a crowd, Arthur Fleck seeks connection.  Yet, as he trods the sooted Gotham City streets and rides the graffitied mass transit rails of a hostile town teeming with division and dissatisfaction, Arthur wears two masks.  One, he paints on for his day job as a clown.  The other he can never remove; it’s the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel he’s a part of the world around him, and not the misunderstood man whom life is repeatedly beating down.  Fatherless, Arthur has a fragile mother, arguably his best friend, who nicknamed him Happy, a moniker that’s fostered in Arthur a smile that hides the heartache beneath.  But, when bullied by teens on the streets, taunted by suits on the subway, or simply teased by his fellow clowns at work, this social outlier only becomes even more out of sync with everyone around him.

Directed, co-written and produced by Todd Phillips, “Joker” is the filmmaker’s original vision of the infamous DC villain, an origin story infused with, but distinctly outside, the character’s more traditional mythologies.  Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society.  Longing for any light to shine on him, he tries his hand as a stand-up comic, but finds the joke always seems to be on him.  Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty and, ultimately, betrayal, Arthur makes one bad decision after another that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty, allegorical character study.

Three-time Oscar nominee Phoenix stars in the titular role alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro.  The film also stars Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, Marc Maron, Douglas Hodge, Josh Pais and Leigh Gill.

‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ grosses P464-M in PH, now all-time biggest Columbia Pictures film

The phenomenal success of Spider-Man: Far From Home is far from over as the latest Peter Parker adventure has just become Columbia Pictures’ all-time biggest grossing movie in the Philippines, and showing no sign of slowing down.

Far From Home has amassed a victorious P464.07-million box-office gross in its first two weeks of release in 720 screens.  The film smashed the studio record on Day 13 when it outperformed the final gross of 2014’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 at P451.9-million.

Positive audience reaction and overwhelming acclaim from critics enabled your friendly neighborhood superhero to continue dominating the box-office.

The top three biggest theater receipts came from SM Mall of Asia (P13.8-M), SM Megamall (P13.3-M) and Trinoma (P12.37-M).

In the Top 15 rankings are SM North EDSA (12.33-M), Glorietta IV (P8.6-M), Power Plant (P8-M), Greenbelt (P7.3-M), Alabang Town Center (P5.9-M), UP Town Center (P5.765-M), SM Aura (P5.760-M), Ayala Cebu (P5.71-M), SM Cebu (P5.65-M), Robinsons Magnolia (P5.60-M), Vista Mall Evia (P5.5-M) and Greenhills (P5.2-M).

Rounding out the Top 30 screens are Uptown Mall Taguig (P5.18-M), Fisher Mall (P5.13-M), Red Carpet Cinema (P5.11-M), Bonifacio High Street (P5.04-M), SM Southmall (P5.0308-M), SM Baguio (P5.0302-M), SM Clark (P4.835-M), SM Seaside (P4.830-M), Robinsons Ermita (P4.82-M), Fairview Terraces (P4.58-M), SM San Lazaro (P4.56-M), Gateway Cineplex (P4.55-M), SM Dasmariñas (P4.51-M), Ayala Mall Feliz (P4.2-M) and SM Bacoor (P4.1-M).

The Tom Holland-starrer is still playing in over 200 screens across the country, going on its 3rd week.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland star in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: ™ FAR FROM HOME.

Home grossed P292.5-M during its first five days of release (July 3 to 7), breaking three significant records — All-Time Biggest Opening Weekend for a Columbia Pictures Title, All-Time Biggest Opening Weekend for a Spider-Man film (33% higher than Spider-Man: Homecoming) and All-Time Biggest July Opening Weekend.  

In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Tom Holland returns as our friendly neighborhood Super Hero who, following the events of Avengers: Endgame, must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. The film expands the Spider-Man film universe, taking Peter Parker out of his comfort zone and his home in Queens, New York City, and hurling him across Europe during what was supposed to be a school vacation – but which becomes his greatest challenge and most epic adventure ever.

Directed by Jon Watts. Screenplay by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.  Produced by Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal.

Tom Holland is joined in the cast by Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. #SpiderManFarFromHome

‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ breaks PH records with P292.5-M in 5 days

Filipino audiences just gave Peter Parker his best box-office numbers to-date as Spider-Man: Far From Home swung past major records and opened at No.1 in the Philippines.  

The latest adventure of your friendly neighborhood super hero delivered a stunning P292.5-million debut from 678 screens during its first five days of release (July 3 to 7).  That box-office haul enabled Far From Home to demolish three significant records — All-Time Biggest Opening Weekend for a Columbia Pictures Title, All-Time Biggest Opening Weekend for a Spider-Man film (33% higher than Spider-Man: Homecoming) and All-Time Biggest July Opening Weekend.  

The Tom Holland-starrer also bested the opening weekend grosses of recent super hero titles Black Panther (P251.6-M) and Aquaman (P230.5-M).

READ MORE: Our movie review of Spider-Man: Far From Home

Positioned as the must-see follow-up to Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home also got additional boost as the finale of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 3.  Fan excitement and anticipation was rewarded with the film’s entertaining and relatable story, charming teen romance, heartfelt drama and epic action.  Strong word-of-mouth and positive audience reaction indicate the film is expected to have a long run and repeat viewings.

The top three biggest theater receipts for Spider-Man: Far From Home came from SM Mall of Asia with P8.74-M, SM Megamall with P8.72-M and Trinoma with P8.1-M.

SM North EDSA (P7.69-M) came in fourth, followed by Power Plant (P5.8-M), Glorietta IV (P5.75-M), Greenbelt III (P4.52-M), Alabang Town Center (P3.89-M), Vista Mall Evia (P3.77-M), SM Aura (P3.72-M), Greenhills (P3.7-M), Ayala Cebu (P3.66-M), Robinsons Magnolia (P3.64-M), Red Carpet Cinema (P3.61-M) and UP Town Center (P3.45-M).

Rounding out the Top 30 cinemas are Uptown Mall (P3.36-M), Fishermall (P3.31-M), SM Cebu (P3.27-M), Bonifacio High Street (P3.2-M), SM Southmall (P3.11-M), SM Seaside (P2.95-M), Fairview Terraces (P2.91-M), SM Clark (P2.9-M), Gateway Cineplex (P2.87-M), Robinsons Ermita (P2.84-M), SM Baguio (P2.81-M), SM San Lazaro (P2.71-M), Eastwood (P2.52M), SM Dasmariñas (P2.51-M) and The 30th (P2.49-M).

In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Tom Holland returns as our friendly neighborhood Super Hero who, following the events of Avengers: Endgame, must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. The film expands the Spider-Man film universe, taking Peter Parker out of his comfort zone and his home in Queens, New York City, and hurling him across Europe during what was supposed to be a school vacation – but which becomes his greatest challenge and most epic adventure ever.

Directed by Jon Watts. Screenplay by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.  Produced by Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal.

Tom Holland is joined in the cast by Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Now playing in Philippine cinemas natiownide, Spider-Man: Far From Home is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. #SpiderManFarFromHome

‘Godzilla II: King of the Monsters’ rules PH box office with P83.6-M in 5 days

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla II: King of the Monsters roared at the box office this weekend, debuting on top of new titles. This was announced today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines.

The film stomped the competition, earning P83.6-million, and topping the P77.8-million bow of 2018’s Kong: Skull Island, its most recent predecessor in the Monsterverse.

The epic action adventure opened on regular and IMAX screens nationwide, with many shows sold out in advance.  

Soliven stated, “Once again, Godzilla has earned the box office crown, proving he is truly the king.  We are excited by the response of audiences who lined up to enjoy a battle royale between the world’s greatest monsters.  We expect word of mouth and repeat attendance to carry the film well into the summer and congratulate the filmmakers and ensemble cast who created a thrilling moviegoing experience that delivers for a broad audience.”

Following the global success of Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic Monsterverse: Godzilla II: King of the Monsters, an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in cinema history.

Godzilla II: King of the Monsters stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds, O’Shea Jackson Jr., David Strathairn, with Ken Watanabe and Ziyi Zhang.

The film was directed by Michael Dougherty from a script he wrote with Zach Shields, story by Max Borenstein and Michael Dougherty & Zach Shields, based on the characters “Godzilla,” “King Ghidorah,” “Mothra” and “Rodan” owned and created by Toho Co., Ltd.  Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Brian Rogers produced the film, with Zach Shields, Barry Waldman, Hiro Matsuoka, Keiji Ota, Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira serving as executive producers.  

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, a Legendary Pictures Production, in association with Toho Co., Ltd., a film by Michael Dougherty, Godzilla II: King of the Monsters is being released in the Philippines in 2D, 3D, 4D and IMAX® by Warner Bros. Pictures.  Use the hashtag #GodzillaMovie

Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ flies high with P212-M on opening weekend

Much like the movie’s thrilling magic carpet ride over the port city of Agrabah, Disney’s Aladdin, the live-action adaptation of its animated classic, flew high and soared above every other movie as it posted as the No. 1 film during its opening weekend.

Continuing Disney’s success in providing quality entertainment through live-action remakes, the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin and the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine opened in 494 cinemas nationwide last May 22 and raked in an impressive Php 212,197,892 (USD 4,014,776) on its first six days, making it the number one film over the weekend.

Film director and screenwriter Guy Ritchie lends his flair for fast-paced and exciting action to tell the adventures of the charming scoundrel Aladdin, played by Mena Massoud, and the beautiful and self-determined Princess Jasmine, played by Naomi Scott. Will Smith joins the cast as the larger-than-life Genie.

Aladdin is now showing in cinemas nationwide. Join the conversations online using #AladdinPH.  

About Aladdin

A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.” 

‘Avengers: Endgame’ earns P205-M on its first day; now the highest-grossing opening in PH cinema

Much like how Thanos snapped his fingers to wipe out half of the population of the entire universe in an instant, the much-awaited release of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame obliterated Philippine box-office records on its opening day. 

Bringing a decade’s worth of action and storytelling to an epic conclusion, Avengers: Endgame smashed local opening day box-office records as it opened with P205,676,345 (US$ 3,880,685) in 970 screens, with select cinemas starting at 6:01am and some holding 24-hour screenings. 

The fourth film in the Avengers franchise and the 22nd film in the grand Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Avengers: Endgame broke the opening day record of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War,

making it the biggest opening of a Marvel film in Philippine cinemas to date. 

Weeks prior to the opening day, local malls have already started selling tickets for Avengers: Endgame and Filipino Marvel superfans showed their love and support for the Infinity saga movie as opening day tickets were almost immediately sold-out.

Join the conversations online at #AvengersEndgame and #MarvelPH. Avengers: Endgame is now showing in Philippine cinemas nationwide. 

About Avengers: Endgame

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”

Kevin Feige produces “Avengers: Endgame,” and Anthony and Joe Russo are the directors. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau and Stan Lee are the executive producers, and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay. Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” is in Philippine theaters on April 24, 2019.

Join the conversations online at #AvengersEndgame & #MarvelPH.

Horror film ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ ascends to no.1 in US box-office

Warner Bros. and New Line’s horror thriller “The Curse of La Llorona” spooked US audiences to open at No.1, conjuring $26.5 million when it opened in North America.

Based on the Mexican folklore about the Weeping Woman, “The Curse of La Llorona” also launched this weekend in 71 international markets, where it collected $30 million for a global start of $56.5 million.  James Wan, known for his work on “Aquaman,” “The Conjuring,” and “Saw,” served as a producer.

“We are thrilled how much it overperformed,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution. “The folklore of the Weeping Woman is so prevalent throughout Latino culture that even with its rating, it transcended expectations.”

In the Philippines, “The Curse of La Llorona” is yet to open wide on May 1st, but it is holding special, whole-day sneak previews on today and tomorrow, April 22 & 23 in selected cinemas across the country.

Tickets to the sneaks are at regular admission prices.  Moviegoers are advised to check the social pages of their favorite cinemas for the screening schedule.

The supernatural thriller is rated R-13 by the Movie & Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).  The film contains depictions of horror, frightening scenes and occasional gore, that may not be suitable for children below thirteen (13) years of age.

“The Curse of La Llorona” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.  #LaLlorona

About “The Curse of La Llorona”

From New Line Cinema and producer James Wan, “The Curse of La Llorona” brings the iconic Latin American legend to terrifying life in an original horror film, marking the feature directorial debut of Michael Chaves, the innovative filmmaker behind the award-winning short “The Maiden.”   

In 1970s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night—and the children.  Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.  Their only hope to survive La Llorona’s deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide.  

Produced by James Wan (“Aquaman”), Gary Dauberman (screenwriter “IT” and “Annabelle” franchises) and Emile Gladstone (“Army of One”), “The Curse of La Llorona” stars Linda Cardellini (the Oscar-winning “Green Book,” Netflix’s “Bloodline”), Raymond Cruz (TV’s “Breaking Bad,” “Training Day”) and Patricia Velasquez (TV’s “Arrested Development,” “The Mummy” films), along with Marisol Ramirez (TV’s “NCIS: Los Angeles”), Sean Patrick Thomas (the “Barbershop” films, “Halloween: Resurrection”), Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen (“Selfless”) and newcomer Roman Christou.

‘Shazam’ grosses P79.6-M in 5 days, tops PH box-office at no.1

The country’s fanboys and moviegoers shouted the magic word “Shazam!” last weekend, catapulting Warner Bros.’ latest DC superhero to the top of the Philippine box-office at No.1.

The comedy adventure starring Zachary Levi as the titular hero arrived with a five-day opening weekend of P79.6-million, dominating with more than 50% market share and gave Warner Bros. Pictures its biggest opening for the year.

A hit with both fans and critics for its high entertainment value and joyful, comedic tone, “Shazam!” also gifted director David F. Sandberg his best opening ever locally, soaring past such blockbusters as 2016’s “Lights Out” and 2017’s “Annabelle: Creation.”

In the US and international markets, “Shazam!” dominated as well with a global start of $158.6 million.

Now playing in Philippine cinemas nationwide, “Shazam!” is a New Line Cinema production, and  distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros., a WarnerMedia Company.  #SHAZAM

About “Shazam!”

David F. Sandberg (“Annabelle: Creation”) directs New Line Cinema’s “Shazam!,” the origin story that stars Zachary Levi (TV’s “Chuck”) as the titular DC Super Hero, along with Asher Angel (TV’s “Andi Mack”) as Billy Batson, and Mark Strong (the “Kingsman” movies) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Peter Safran (upcoming “Aquaman,” “The Conjuring” and “Annabelle” films) serves as the film’s producer.

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard.  Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them!  Can he fly?  Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

“Shazam!” also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (“IT”) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (“Annabelle: Creation”); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (TV’s “This is Us”); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat”); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”).  Cooper Andrews (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) and Marta Milans (TV’s “Killer Women”) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez, with Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond”) as the Wizard.

Firmly set in the DC universe but with his own distinctly fun, family-centric tone, the screenplay is by Henry Gayden, story by Gayden and Darren Lemke. Shazam was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck. Christopher Godsick, Jeffrey Chernov, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia serve as executive producers.

#LizQuen’s ‘Alone/Together’ earns P265-M in two weeks

Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil’s movie “Alone/Together” has locally earned over P265,228,810.89, two weeks since it opened in cinemas.

READ MORE: “Alone/Together” review: #LizQuen plays idealiasts in an imperfect world

Black Sheep under ABS-CBN Films announced the new milestone via its Twitter on Wednesday: “Thank you for giving us the BEST reason to celebrate our third week, Sheepmates! Willing to fly to New York for you all tbh.” #AloneTogether3rdWeek

The film’s writer-director Antoinette Jadaone expressed gratitude over her Facebook account:

😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 MARAMING SALAMAT SA MGA NANOOD NA, sa Pinas o sa ibang banda, lalo sa friends and family na di na kailangang pilitin pa haha

We’re on our third week, still showing WORLDWIDE!!!! Nood na!

The new romantic drama film “Alone/Together” featuring the #LizQuen love team opened in local theaters February 13 and is now showing worlwide. It tells the story of college sweethearts Christine (Soberano) and Raf (Gil) who meet again for the first time, eight years after their breakup.