Star Cinema starts year with another box office hit
ABS-CBN’s film production arm has proven once more that it is the undisputed leader in movie production.
From last year’s record-breaking box office performances of Beauty and the Bestie, which is now considered as the highest grossing Filipino movie of all time, A Second Chance, Crazy Beautiful You and The Love Affair, which all breached the P300 million mark in terms of domestic box office earning, Star Cinema has produced another big screen winner - Everything About Her.
Like most of the movies produced by Star Cinema, the rom-com that stars Vilma Santos, Angel Locsin, and Xian Lim was expected to achieve blockbuster status. And the Joyce E. Bernal helmed movie did exactly that.
In a post on Star Cinema’s official Instagram account, the film outfit announced that the comedy-drama crossed the P100-million mark nine days after it hit the theaters nationwide on Jan. 27.
The basic premise of Everything About Her is kind of sad because it centers on a successful businesswoman named Vivian (Santos), who learned that she is suffering from cancer when diagnosed was already on the advanced third stage. Yes, she’s wealthy but she’s broken deep inside. With no close family member to take care of her, she hires a private nurse, Jaica (Locsin). The younger woman plays a bigger role in Vivian’s life. As the film progresses, Jaica turns to become the bridge between Vivian and her son Albert (Lim), who had felt neglected all his life.
At first glance, there’s nothing unusual about the plot, but why the story works? Simple, it offers enough laughs, hysterical lines (which Ate V. is known for) and enough touching moments to please the audience. And that right mix makes this Star Cinema offering a hit.
Date movies on V-Day
With Valentine’s Day falling on a Sunday this month, you may find yourself preparing for an entire weekend devoted to bonding time with your honey, mahal, beh or whatever terms of endearment that may apply in your relationship. And a trip to the movie house, to watch a romantic movie of course, might be a good part of the whole plan.
Perfectly timed releases are ready to please those who are going out on a movie date: All Roads Lead To Rome and How To Be Single; and the locally produced Love is Blind (starring Derek Ramsay, Solenn Heussaff and Kiray Celis) and Girlfriend for Hire (which stars Andre Paras and Yassi Pressman).
Love is Blind is about an unattractive girl that turns to using a love potion to win someone’s heart. Girlfriend for Hire, as the title suggests, follows the story of a rich kid who hires his classmate to pretend to be his girlfriend to appease his father. Meanwhile, All Roads Lead to Rome is about an uptight woman who reconnects with an old flame, and How To Be Single talks about lonely hearts seeking for the right match.
So, take your pick. For singles, don’t fret. There’s Deadpool, Spotlight and Lost in the Pacific, which are all certified better movies than all the romantic flicks mentioned above.