No, they’re not dead last.
That’s what Neil Arce, one of the producers of “10000 Hours” told InterAksyon in response to reports (link: http://www.interaksyon.com/entertainment/video-despite-sweeping-mmff-awards-10000-hours-dead-last-in-box-office-race/) that the film is doing poorly in the box office even after it swept the recent Metro Manila Film Festival awards last December 27.
“Please check box office tally we have never gone below fifth place from day 1,” Arce said in a tweet to this writer.
A representative of the Metro Manila Development Authority which organizes the annual year-end film festival, however, said that their office only releases the festival’s total gross and the four top-grossing films.
In a text message to InterAksyon, MMDA planning officer Ria Anne Rubia, who is also the communications and coordination officer of the MMFF, said that as of Monday, December 30, the filmfest had already grossed P517 million with the top 4 grossing films still consisting of “My Little Bossings”, “Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy”, “Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay” and “Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel”.
As the MMFF tweeted last Christmas Day, the individual box office numbers for each film were not released to the public. All leaked figures did not come from the MMDA and are not considered as official.
“I also don’t have the official numbers. But we’ve been informed that we have been on the 5th spot since the first day,” Arce said in another tweet in reference to the box office standing of “10000 Hours” to date.
Aside from co-producing the MMFF’s Best Picture, Arce himself also won the Best Story award for “10000 Hours” along with Peter Serrano, Boy 2 Quizon and Arce’s girlfriend, actress Bela Padilla, who herself was nominated for Best Actress for the same film.