‘Despicable Me 3’ hits year’s biggest opening weekend in PH for animated film, grosses P93.6-M

Universal Pictures and Illumination’s new comedy adventure Despicable Me 3 ran off with a Philippine box-office haul of P93.6-M to open a No.1 and grab the biggest opening weekend for an animated title in 2017.

Bowing two weeks earlier in the Philippines ahead of the US, Despicable Me 3 proved to be a worthy successor to its previous two blockbuster installments, reinforcing its formidable brand as a family franchise. Its successful launch in PH is the biggest in the region, grossing more than in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

Here is the ranking of the cinemas with the highest box-office grosses:

  1. SM Mall of Asia
  2. Trinoma
  3. SM Megamall
  4. SM North EDSA
  5. Glorietta 4
  6. Power Plant
  7. Greenbelt 3
  8. Alabang Town Center
  9. Fairview Terraces
  10. SM Southmall
  11. SM Baguio
  12. SM Dasmariñas
  13. Robinsons Magnolia
  14. Fisher Mall
  15. SM Marikina
  16. SM Fairview
  17. Eastwood
  18. SM Clark
  19. Shang Cineplex
  20. Bonifacio High Street

Illumination Entertainment continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.

After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother—a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps—one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.

Now playing across the Philippines, Despicable Me 3 is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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‘Wonder Woman’ earns P233-M at PH box office in 4 days

MANILA, June 5, 2017 – One of the best-reviewed and most-anticipated Super Hero movies of all time, director Patty Jenkins’s epic action adventure “Wonder Woman” soared to the top of the Philippine box office on its opening weekend, earning a record-shattering P233-M, and still climbing.

READ MORE: Movie Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

The Warner Bros. Pictures release, which stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman and Chris Pine as her ally Steve Trevor, marks the global icon’s first-ever solo feature film and the first female-led big screen adventure of the modern superhero era. The announcement was made today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines.

The massive weekend figures have given “Wonder Woman” the country’s biggest female superhero movie opening of all time, and the biggest opening for a foreign movie directed by a woman (outgrossing “Fifty Shades of Grey” at P94.5-M).

Other notable records achieved were the second biggest opening weekend for the year (surpassing “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” at P159-M); fourth biggest June opening weekend all-time (ahead of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” at P210-M) and second biggest opening weekend ever for a Warner Bros. (overtaking “Batman v Superman: Dawn Justice at P162-M for a two-day weekend).

“Wonder Woman” arrived in PH cinemas on a wave of universally enthusiastic reviews and unprecedented want-to-see scores. Soliven said, “Patty Jenkins and her talented cast and crew have delivered the Wonder Woman adventure that new and longtime fans have been waiting for, and we’re glad to see the film connect in such a big way with moviegoers across the Philippines.”

Globally, “Wonder Woman” is the weekend’s greatest box office draw, taking in $223 million worldwide, and counting.

The impressive global total makes “Wonder Woman” the largest female-lead superhero movie opening of all time, the biggest opening in June for a superhero movie, and the biggest opening in June for a Warner Bros. film. With a Certified Fresh rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is also one of the best-reviewed superhero films ever, and its CinemaScore of A shows audiences agree.

In the US, the film has grossed $100.5 million and has the highest opening weekend box office of all time for a female director.

Back in the Philippines, the ten topgrossing cinemas are SM Megamall (P9.52-M), SM Mall of Asia (P9.39-M), SM North EDSA (P9.36-M), Trinoma (P7.43-M), Glorietta 4 (P5.49-M), SM Cebu (P4.65-M), Theatremall (P4.20-M), Power Plant (P4.12-M), Greenbelt III (P3.96-M) and Uptown Taguig (P3.75-M).

In the top twenty rankings are Gateway (P3.61-M), Shang Cineplex (P3.45-M), Eastwood (P3.42-M), Alabang Town Center (P3.36-M), Ayala Cebu (P3.30-M), SM Southmall (P3.29-M), Robinsons Magnolia (P3.21-M), SM Seaside Cebu (P3.16-M), SM Aura (P3.15-M) and Fisher Mall (P2.91-M).

Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”).

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Eugene Brave Rock and Saïd Taghmaoui.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, raised on a sheltered island paradise and trained to be an unconquerable warrior. When an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Now playing across the Philippines, “Wonder Woman” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

‘Wonder Woman’ grosses P48.39-M on opening day, breaks non-holiday record

MANILA, June 2, 2017 – Arriving with power, grace, wisdom and wonder, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonder Woman pulled off the year’s biggest non-holiday opening day record as it grossed a whopping P48.39-M on its first day of release (including midnight previews) yesterday, June 1.

This was announced today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines.

READ MORE: Movie Review: WONDER WOMAN (2017)

The first solo feature film about the famed Amazonian princess-warrior, Wonder Woman bested the opening day gross of last March’s Beauty and the Beast (at P47-M), and also claimed the biggest first-day haul of 2017 for a Warner Bros. Title (surpassing Kong: Skull Island).

Attracting 205,041 total admissions from 510 screens nationwide, Wonder Woman’s other first-day records include the 2nd Biggest Opening Day of the Year, right after Fast & Furious 8’s P56-M which was established on a Black Saturday holiday; 3rd Biggest Opening Day for a WB Film All-Time (ahead of Suicide Squad at P29.7-M) and 3rd Biggest June Opening Day All-Time Industry-Wide (outgrossing Transformers: Age of Extinction at P39.7-M.)

Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”).

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Eugene Brave Rock and Saïd Taghmaoui.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, raised on a sheltered island paradise and trained to be an unconquerable warrior. When an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Now playing across the Philippines, “Wonder Woman” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’ nabs P14.5-M on PH opening day

MANILA, May 26, 2017 – Walt Disney Pictures’ new high-seas adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge sailed to a triumphant start at the Philippine box-office at No.1 as it nabbed an opening day gross of P14.5-M nationwide May 24. This was announced today by a spokesman of Walt Disney Studios Philippines.

Salazar’s Revenge is the fifth film in the now iconic Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, which returns Johnny Depp to his Academy Award®-nominated role as the outrageous, swashbuckling antihero Captain Jack Sparrow.

Depp is joined in this new adventure with Oscar® winners Javier Bardem and Geoffrey Rush, and cast members both new and familiar to Pirates of the Caribbean fans.

Posting the biggest gross receipts for the opening day are SM Mall of Asia (P752,499), Trinoma (P488,933) and SM North EDSA (P458,013).

Also high on the rankings are SM Megamall (P391,573) Newport City (P361,802), Glorietta IV (P307,194), Ayala Cebu (P304,354), Gateway Cineplex (P285,911), Shang Cineplex (P274,767), SM Iloilo (P272,670), Greenbelt III (P268,251) and SM Cebu (P258,196).

Rounding up the top grossers are Robinsons Magnolia (P257,257), SM Clark (P234,570), Powerplant (P223,433), SM Baguio (P219,314), Robinsons Galleria (P193,491), SM Seaside (P188,632), Greenhills (P170,318) and Gaisano Davao (P165,132).

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge is a rollicking new tale of the high seas infused with the elements of fantasy, humor and action that have resulted in an international phenomenon for the past 13 years.

The film finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

Watch Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge now in Digital 3D, 2D, 4DX and IMAX 3D. (The film is alternatively titled in the US as Pirates of the caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.)

‘Fast & Furious 8’ breaks records with P110-M opening gross in PH, global bow at $532.5-M

MANILA, April 17, 2017 – Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious 8 smashed global box office records, earning $532.5 million worldwide to set a new high-water mark for an opening weekend.

Watch the new Fast & Furious 8 spot below.

The action thriller debuted with $432.3 million internationally after bowing in 63 foreign markets; and a solid $100.2-million in North America.

In the Philippines, the Vin Diesel-Dwayne Johnson blockbuster opened at No.1 with a two-day weekend gross of P110-million. Said figure towers as the biggest weekend ever for the Fast & Furious franchise, surpassing the P98-M bow of 2015’s Fast & Furious 7.

The ode to fast cars and family opened in the Philippines last Saturday, April 15, with an unstoppable P56-M and new record as the highest opening day for a Fast & Furious movie (beating 7’s P48-M first-day gross).

Saturday’s receipts was also the biggest opening day of the year so far, as well the best first day gross for a Universal Pictures title in history.

About Fast & Furious 8

On the heels of 2015’s Fast & Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide and the sixth-biggest global title in box-office history, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time: Fast & Furious 8.

Now that Dom and Letty are married and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.

Fast & Furious 8 features a returning all-star cast, as well as a star-studded array of newcomers to this world – Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Helen Mirren, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Scott Eastwood with Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron.

Now playing across the Philippines, Fast & Furious 8 is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

 

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ now highest-grossing movie of all time in PH

MANILA, April 12, 2017 – The retelling of a classic fairytale has now rewritten the record books! Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” is now officially the biggest-grossing movie ever released in the Philippines.

The romantic, fantasy musical posted a cumulative gross of a jolting P667.46-M yesterday, its 27th day of release, and effectively overtaking Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” as the No.1 movie of all-time in the country.

This was announced today by a spokesman of Walt Disney Studios Philippines which distributed the film. (It’s worth noting that the top five films in the all-time rankings were all distributed by Disney. In third to fifth places are Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” and Marvel’s “The Avengers.”)

Disney owns Walt Disney Pictures, Disney-Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm (Star Wars films).

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is still playing in cinemas across the Philippines.

About Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ makes P541.67-M in 11 days, now PH’s 6th highest-grossing film

MANILA, March 27, 2017 – Disney’s live-action fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” dazzled again at No.1 on its second weekend at the box-office, grossing with a massive P541.67-M in just 11 days. This figure puts it at sixth place in the rankings of all-time highest-grossing movies in the Philippine industry. This was announced today by a spokesman of Walt Disney Studios Philippines.

With interest and theater attendance for the film still at a high point, “Beauty and the Beast” is poised to surpass more records in the days to come.

“Beauty and the Beast” is now playing in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D cinemas across the Philippines.

About Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within.

The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ posts year’s biggest 1st day gross with P47.2-M

MANILA, March 17, 2017 – Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” put a spell at the Philippine box-office, grossing an enchanted P47.2-M on its first day, March 16, and effectively breaking the record for the industry’s biggest opening day for 2017. This was announced today by a spokesman of the Walt Disney Studios Philippines.

“Beauty and the Beast” is expected to dominate the coming weekend, as ticket sales are being driven by nostalgia for the original 1991 Disney animated classic, and the recent popularity of live-action fairy tales.

The top five performing cinemas for “Beauty and the Beast” are SM North EDSA (P1.97-M), SM Megamall (P1.92-M), SM Mall of Asia (P1.70-M), Robinsons Magnolia (P1.14-M) and Trinoma (P1.13-M).

Rounding out the top ten are Glorietta (P924,983), Ayala Cebu (P887,006), SM Iloilo (P810,629), Greenbelt (P 784,796) and SM Cebu (P756,706).

Making it in the top twenty are SM Lanang (P752,254), Power Plant (P698,056), Alabang Town Center (P654,840), SM Bacolod (P602,910), SM Seaside (P602,202), UP Town Center (P597,165), SM Clark (P 593,540), Shang Cineplex (P587,780), Robinsons Galleria (P586,096) and Gateway Cineplex (P582,283).

About BEAUTY AND THE BEAST:

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic featuring an extraordinary ensemble cast, including: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Hattie Morahan and Nathan Mack with Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.

Directed by Bill Condon and based on the 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast, the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman as well as three new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice. The film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman, p.g.a. and Todd Lieberman, p.g.a with Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher and Don Hahn serving as executive producers.

Beauty and the Beast is now playing in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D cinemas across the Philippines. #BeOurGuestPH

‘Kong: Skull Island’ tops PH box office with P77.86-M in 4 days

MANILA, March 13, 2017 – Kong: Skull Island, Warner Bros. Pictures’, Legendary Pictures’ and Tencent Pictures’ epic reimagining of one of cinema’s mightiest monster myths, thundered to the top of the Philippine box office, earning a total of more than P77.86-M across 290 screens, with no signs of slowing down. The announcement was made today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines.

Opening virtually day-and-date across the globe, the action adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts brings Kong stomping back to the big screen at a whole new scale, alongside an acclaimed cast led by Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson and John C. Reilly.

In making the announcement, Soliven stated, “Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and his extraordinary cast and filmmaking team have delivered the crowd-pleasing monster movie that audiences across the Philippines have been waiting for. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the film’s incredible debut, and the responses of both critics and moviegoers promise that Kong will roar well into the season.”

In the US, Kong: Skull Island emerged victorious after a battle of the beasts that pitted the giant ape movie against Logan. Cresting a wave of good reviews, Kong: Skull Island topped the domestic box office, racking up a mighty $61 million which is above expectations. Early estimates had Kong debuting to between $45 million and $50 million.

The producers of Godzilla reimagine the origins of one the most powerful monster myths of all in Kong: Skull Island, from Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and Tencent Pictures.

A compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer), the film tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong.

Vogt-Roberts directed the film from a screenplay by Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly, story by John Gatins. Kong: Skull Island is produced by Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni and Alex Garcia, with Eric McLeod and Edward Cheng serving as executive producers.

Now playing across the Philippines in 2D, 3D in select theatres, and IMAX, Kong: Skull Island is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

‘Fifty Shades Darker’ grosses P18-M on 1st day, biggest ever for R-18 film

MANILA, February 9, 2017 – Universal Pictures’ Fifty Shades Darker opened with a smash P18-M yesterday, breaking the record for the biggest 1st day gross ever for an R-18 and even an R-16 rated film.

The sequel’s opening day receipts also surpassed the original Fifty Shades of Grey’s first-day take of P15-M in 2015.

Earlier, Fifty Shades Darker was approved for exhibition by the Movie & Television Rating and Classification Board (MTRCB) with a rating of R-18 which means the movie is strictly for 18 years of age and above.

The film was approved in its original US version – WITHOUT cuts, blurs and blacked-out parts.

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Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker, the second chapter based on the worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades phenomenon. Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015’s blockbuster film that grossed more than $560 million globally, the new installment invites you to slip into something a shade darker.

When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

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Also returning from Fifty Shades of Grey are Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini, who are joined for the first time by Oscar® winner Kim Basinger, Hugh Dancy, Bella Heathcote and Eric Johnson.

Fifty Shades Darker is directed by James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series. The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the book by James.

Now playing across the Philippines, Fifty Shades Darker is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.