‘Fantastica’ ends run as Vice Ganda’s highest-grossing MMFF movie

Miguel Dumaual, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 29 2019 09:14 PM | Updated as of Jan 30 2019 07:55 PM

‘Fantastica’ lead stars Vice Ganda, Richard Gutierrez, and Dingdong Dantes pose with ABS-CBN Chairman Mark Lopez, President and CEO Carlo Katigbak, and Star Cinema head Olivia Lamasan during the film’s thanksgiving party on Tuesday. Miguel Dumaual, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — (UPDATED) After a month-long run and a series of international screenings, the Vice Ganda starrer “Fantastica” has set a new record for the comedian’s yearly big-screen outings in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

During a thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday celebrating “Fantastica’s” success, co-producer Star Cinema announced that the festival favorite was now the “highest grossing Vice Ganda movie.”

With its P596-million worldwide take, “Fantastica” has surpassed Vice Ganda’s previous MMFF entry, “Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad,” which totaled P571 million after its run.

Vice Ganda’s box-office best, overall, remains “The Super Parental Guardians” with Coco Martin, which earned P598 million after a five-week run in 2016. That year, it was not among the eight competing entries in the MMFF.

‘Fantastica’ lead star Vice Ganda is greeted by ABS-CBN Chairman Mark Lopez during the film’s thanksgiving party. Miguel Dumaual, ABS-CBN News

“The Hows of Us,” starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, has since clinched the record of becoming the first Philippine-produced film to breach the P600-million mark in terms of ticket sales.

By the end of its run here and abroad, “The Hows of Us,” also a Star Cinema production, raked in some P800 million worldwide.

During the “Fantastica” thanksgiving party, Vice Ganda, dubbed local showbiz’s “Phenomenal Box Office Star,” credited the movie’s success partly to the overwhelming support of his co-stars’ respective fans.

The carnival-themed adventure saw Vice Ganda’s first team-up with Richard Gutierrez and Dingdong Dantes. It also gathered three popular love teams — Loisa Andalio and Ronnie Alonte, Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber, and Kisses Delavin and Donny Pangilinan — whose fans clubs actively promoted “Fantastica” and even organized several block screenings.

“Ang lala,” was how Vice Ganda described the overwhelming support for the film during his speech, where he also thanked first-time collaborator Barry Gonzalez, the director.

“Fantastica,” which led the MMFF 2018 box office tally, factors for more than half of the total ticket performance of the annual Christmastime movie festival. Its organizing committee previously announced it had reached its goal of P1-billion gross at the end of its two-week run.

Present at the thanksgiving party were executives of ABS-CBN, including chairman Mark Lopez, president and CEO Carlo Katigbak, and Star Cinema head Olivia Lamasan, who each congratulated cast members and the crew behind “Fantastica” on the movie’s record-breaking performance.

(UPDATE: This article has been updated to clarify that “Fantastica” is the highest grossing MMFF entry starring Vice Ganda. The comedian’s 2016 film, “The Super Parental Guardians,” which did not compete in that year’s MMFF, remains his most successful in terms of ticket sales.)