Top 10 Highest Grossing Filipino Movies of 2011
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From love triangles, relationships that bloomed despite many differences to a sassy general leading his troops to victory, romance and comedy reigned supreme in Filipino movies this 2011.
The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin is the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time. It made Php 23.6 million in ticket sales on opening day and reached the Php 200 million mark on its seventh day. This action comedy film stars Vice Ganda, Derek Ramsey and Eddie Garcia. Benjamin “Benjie” Santos VI (Vice Ganda) comes from a military family. While he is brave, his being gay makes him unacceptable to his grandfather Benjamin Santos VI (Garcia), a high-ranking general. When General Santos is kidnapped, Benjie enlists in the army. With his friends’ help and distinctive fighting techniques, Benjie rescues his grandfather and carries on his family’s tradition of courage and fearlessness. Co-produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films, Praybeyt Benjamin is directed by Wenn Deramas and also stars Jimmy Santos, Dennis Padilla, Kean Cipriano, Carlos Agassi, DJ Durano, Vandolph and many more.
No Other Woman is the second highest grossing Filipino movie of all time. This romance drama stars Anne Curtis, Derek Ramsay and Cristine Reyes. It follows the complicated journey of Ram Escaler (Ramsay), who has to deal with the consequences of having an adulterous affair. He is torn between his wife Charmaine (Reyes) and his mistress (Curtis). Co-produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films, this film is directed by Ruel Bayani.
Catch Me, I’m in Love stars Gerald Anderson and Sarah Geronimo. Opposites attract in this romance film. Roan Sanchez (Geronimo) is a young woman with an idealistic view on love. When partnered with a spoiled Eric Rodriguez (Anderson) on an immersion trip, their differences cause them to bicker incessantly. Love develops not long after as they become drawn to each other more and more. This is Gerald and Sarah’s first team-up. Co-produced by Star Cinema and Viva films, the movie is directed by Mae Cruz and also stars Matteo Guidicelli, Dawn Zulueta, Christopher de Leon and more.
In the Name of Love stars Aga Muhlach, Angel Locsin and Jake Cuenca. This romance is a part of Star Cinema’s special presentation of its 18th anniversary. Just when Emman Toledo (Muhlach) decides to leave his past as a dancer behind, an opportunity to rekindle his love for dance comes up. He is given the chance to be a dance instructor for a powerful political family, the Evelinos, in preparation for the Governor’s Ball. He learns about the engagement of Dylan Evelino (Cuenca), the governor’s son and Cedes Fernandez (Locsin), who is averse to the world of politics. Emman and Cedes’ attraction towards each other grows as they discover more about each other through dance and spending time together. They know their growing passion for each other is dangerous, but perhaps their love can overcome any obstacle. In the Name of Love is produced by Star Cinema.
Won’t Last A Day Without You is a romantic comedy starring Sarah Geronimo and Gerald Anderson in their second team-up. DJ Heidee (Geronimo) is a radio personality who gives love advice to her listeners. When a caller asks for advice on how to break up with her boyfriend, Heidee gives tips, unaware that the caller’s boyfriend Andrew (Anderson) is listening to the program. Andrew blames Heidee for the broken relationship and threatens to sue her. Heidee helps Andrew win his old girlfriend back. Over the course of the planned reunion, Heidee and Andrew begin developing feelings for each other. Co-produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films, the movie is directed by Raz dela Torre.
Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! is a comedy starring Vic Sotto and Bea Alonzo. Angelo (Sotto) is a faith healer whose expertise is believed by his entire community except Cielo Delos Santos (Alonzo), a doctor who vows to get behind Angelo’s seeming facade. When Angelito, an exiled angel, tries to help Angelo become a better man, things get complicated. Angelo, Cielo and Angelito may have their own agendas but they discover that their paths intertwine more than they think. Co-produced by OctoArts Films, M-Zet films, APT Entertainment and released by Star Cinema, Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! is directed by Tony Reyes. This film also marks Vic Sotto’s first movie with Star Cinema in 14 years.
Bulong is a horror-comedy that stars Angelica Panganiban and Vhong Navarro. When Conan (Navarro) learns that whispering in a dead person’s ear can make a wish come true, he decides to do so. He whispers and wishes that Ellen (Bangs Garcia) would fall in love with him. This yields horrific and humorous results. Released by Star Cinema, the film is directed by Chito S. Rono.
Who’s That Girl? is a comedy romance starring Anne Curtis, Luis Manzano and Eugene Domingo. Elizabeth Pedrosa (Curtis) is a wallflower who, upon given advice by her dream guy and campus heartthrob John Eduque (Manzano), transforms into a stunning and empowered career woman. On a random day she reads the newspaper obituaries and finds John Eduque’s name. Shocked with grief, she visits the wake and hysterically mourns. This leads those present to believe that she may be the deceased’s mistress. Elizabeth realizes that the deceased is John Eduque Sr., her dream guy’s father. Embarrassed, she hurriedly leaves the wake without knowing the chaos she has caused within the Eduque family. John vows to get to the bottom of it and seek revenge on this mystery mistress, only to find himself falling in love with her. Produced by Viva Films, Who’s That Girl? is directed by Wenn Deramas.
Temptation Island is a comedy starring Marian Rivera, Heart Evangelista, Solenn Heussaff and Lovi Poe. Leading men include Aljur Abrenica, Tom Rodriguez and Mikael Daez. The movie is a remake of the 1980 film with the same name. Produced and released by GMA Films and Regal Films, Temptation Island is directed by Chris Martinez.
Forever and a Day is a romance starring Sam Milby and KC Concepcion. Eugene (Milby) ventures to Bukidnon to take a break from work. There he meets Raffy (Concepcion), who he becomes good friends with. As they get to know each other, Eugene begins to have a shift in perspective about life. His happiness and confidence grows with the help of Raffy. When he expresses his affection for Raffy, he is surprised to find out that she doesn’t want to get into a relationship with him. She has her own perspective on happiness and romance, one that will take Eugene some time to change so she can believe in love again. Released by Star Cinema, the film is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina.
 Related links
- Praybeyt Benjamin. Malaya Business Insight. (Accessed 22 December 2011)
- Praybeyt Benjamin, highest grossing film!). Viva Entertainment. (Accessed 22 December 2011)
- No Other Woman gross P200 million, overtakes box-office gross of You Changed My Life. Philippine Entertainment Portal. (Accessed 22 December 2011)
- Sarah Geronimo and Gerald Anderson will open summer with the romantic movie Catch Me I’m In Love. Philippine Entertainment Portal. (Accessed 22 December 2011)
- In the Name of Love lands in Top 20 highest grossing movies worldwide. Philippine Entertainment Portal. (Accessed 22 December 2011)
- Vic Sotto works with Star Cinema anew after 14 years for Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak!. Philippine Entertainment Portal. (Accessed 22 December 2011)
- Angel Locsin, Aga Muhlach and Jake Cuenca have a dangerous love triangle in the movie In the Name of Love. Philippine Entertainment Portal. (Accessed 22 December 2011)
- Sarah Geronimo-Gerald Anderson love team will top bill another movie. Philippine Entertainment Portal. (Accessed 22 December 2011)
- Star Cinema – Bulong. Bulong website. (Accessed 22 December 2011)
- Who’s that girl? Viva Entertainment. (Accessed 22 December 2011)
- Final cast of Temptation Island remake: Marian, Heart, Lovi and Solenn. Philippine Entertainment Portal. (Accessed 22 December 2011)
- KC Concepcion shoots upcoming movie with Sam Milby in Bukidnon. Philippine Entertainment Portal. (Accessed 22 December 2011)
- Philippines Weekend Box Office Index for 2011. Box Office Mojo. (Accessed 23 December 2011)