The Philippine remake of Korean hit movie “Miracle in Cell No. 7” is seen to become the top grosser in the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
Although snubbed by judges in the MMFF Awards, the movie top-billed by Aga Muhlach is reportedly gaining interest from moviegoers, prompting more theaters to include it in their screening for the festival’s final days.
With this, experts are saying “Miracle in Cell No. 7” could overtake Vice Ganda’s “The Mall, the Merrier”, which took the top spot in the initial days of the MMFF, according to reports.
The MMFF organizers have refused to disclose figures up to now to avoid the bandwagon effect. MMFF officials, however, said initial results could be announced any day now. The official run of the festival is up to January 8.
Eight films are being featured in different cinemas for the 2019 MMFF. Becoming the top grosser would be a huge feat for Aga and the people behind the local remake of “Miracle in Cell No. 7”, as this year’s roster of movies are being top-billed by actors who also ruled the previous editions of the MMFF.
The movie of Coco Martin and Ai Ai Delas Alas, both mainstays and previous top grossers of the annual MMFF, titled “3Pol Trobol: Huli Ka Balbon” is reportedly in third place only, while Bossing Vic Sotto’s “Mission Ustapabol: The Don Identity” is languishing in fourth place.
While dominating the MMFF 2019 Awards (including Best Picture, Best Actor for Allen Dizon, Best Actress for Judy Ann Santos, and Best Child Performer for Yuna Tangog), “Mindanao” is still reportedly not attracting enough moviegoers to catapult it to the Top 5.
Aga Muhlach was earlier considered as the favorite to win the Best Actor plum for his portrayal of the mentally challenged main character in “Miracle in Cell No. 7”. The MMFF jurors, however, snubbed the movie reportedly because it is only a remake of a foreign film.
Ironically, Vice Ganda’s movie also failed to win any award, probably marking the first time the Top 2 movies in terms of receipts failed to win a trophy.