Papa Piolo at Coco Martin parehong naka-50 million pesos sa gross receipts

FROM my most recent ringside viewings of the back-to-back guesting sa King of Talk Boy Abunda’s number one “The Buzz” ng tandem nila Piolo Pascual and Angelica Panganiban for “With Every Breath You Take” and Coco Martin with Angeline Quinto for “Born To Love You,” I recall having ambushed Piolo unabashedly with such speculation kung may kapalit na nga ba siya in the person of the youthful Coco Martin.

Unfazed, Piolo breezed through it all saying, “In all humility, I’ve been there done that. Ang focus ko ngayon is to challenge myself na everytime gagawa ako ng project it must be something different na well-thought of talaga co’z I hate to be boxed and stereotyped. Sino ba ang hindi tumatanda?  Fact of life naman ‘yan na we can never hold on forever to roles for younger characters. Kumbaga, pana-panahon lang ‘yan. Time talaga ngayon ni Coco Martin so all-out ako to support him in any way I can. ‘Di rin naman bagay sa akin ang sobrang pa-bagets-bagets let’s face it. Basta sa akin at my age I go for mature and very challenging roles.”

Papano nga naman siya hindi maging in-demand and most sought-after yet gayung  back-to-back pa naman sila ni Coco Martin sa pagpo-promote na kani-kanilang pelikula at pati na sa pataasan ng rating ng kani-kanilang teleserye sa ABS-CBN?

Hindi ba risky proposition ang “With Every Breath You Take”  compared to Coco’s  “Born To Love You” which has the newest mass-based singing sensation Angeline Quinto ?” I pressed the button harder on Papa P.

“Coco with Angeline Quinto together is such a big advantage,” sagot ni Piolo. “But mine with Angelica is a bit different in that rom-com ito highlighting her double-barreled sense of humor na may mass-based following na rin,” dagdag pa ni Piolo.

Hindi nagkamali si Piolo sa positive prediction ng kanyang latest assignment. Star Cinema’s Ad Prom Roxy Liquigan has revealed that the official box-office gross of its  previously released movie “Every Breath You Take” raked in a total of P50.2-Million on its three weeks of showing as confirmed by the website Box Office Mojo that  “Every Breath You Take”  earned an estimated P25,517,397 on its first five days in theaters. Meaning, the rest of the showing days ay tubong lugaw na ito in the language of monster hit movies kaya naka-P50 Million plus ito sa first three pa weeks lang of showing.

Na-ambush din namin si Coco Martin na sobra ring tinilian ng live audience ng “The Buzz” and asked him right off kung siya na nga ba ang kapalit ni Piolo Pascual? Napangiti nang konti si Coco sabay pasintabi, “Hindi naman po, marami pa akong bigas na kakainin bago ko mapapantayan ang achievements ni Piolo.” Well said. Naman.

On its first 5-day gross still from the report of Ad Prom Roxy Liquigan “Born to Love You” earned P29.7 million at the box office. Kung ibabase ito sa trending at  the final reckoning halos parehong magkaka- P50 million plus sina Piolo at Coco sa kani-kanilang gross receipts.

Meaning, hindi pa rin nagkakalayo ang dalawang parehong maiinit na bankable lead actors ng Star Cinema, ‘di ba naman? Meaning, kasing-asim pa rin sa box-office si Papa Piolo compared to his heir apparent  na si Coco Martin.

As of June 5, 2012 the highest grossing Pinoy movies ayon sa Mojo (not necessarily in that order dahil showing pa up to now ang “Born To Love You”) ay ang mga sumusunod, “UnOfficially Yours,”  “Moron 5 and the Crying Lady,” “Corazon Ang Unang Aswang,” “Every Breath U Take,”  “The Mommy Returns,”  “Born To Love You,”  “A Mother’s Story,”  “My Cactus Heart,” and  “My Kontrabida Girl.”

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