- Family History was the launching film of GMA Pictures
- It earned a low gross income compared to the success of Hello, Love, Goodbye
- It was also pitted against the Disney film, The Lion King
Family History, the launching film of GMA Pictures with the collaboration of Mic Test Entertainment, was released last July 24.
Its initial release was a success with an approximate gross income of Php 3 million on its first day. It even outpaced the foreign film titled Yesterday which only got Php 2.3 million on the same day.
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The film is Graded B by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB).
The movie earned positive feedback from moviegoers. Many appreciated the flow of the story in the movie but it only lasted for two weeks. Without an official confirmation, it was reported that the movie only earned a gross income of over Php 20 million after two weeks of showing at the Philippine cinemas.
It was also pitted against Disney’s reimagined film The Lion King which was earlier released on July 19 in local cinemas. The movie was showing on its third week then and had grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide, becoming the second highest-grossing film of 2019.
Written, produced, and directed by Kapuso Comedy Genius Michael V., the film served as his directorial debut. It also stars himself and the returning Kapuso Dawn Zulueta and the tandem of Bianca Umali and Miguel Tanfelix dubbed as BiGuel.
Despite the rivalry, Michael V. showed his support for Alden Richards and Kathryn Bernardo’s Star Cinema movie Hello, Love, Goodbye by attending its block screening along with Kakai Bautista. The movie which was released on July 31, has now earned Php 250 million in just less than a week.
Alden was also supportive of the comedian’s film. He attended the pink carpet premiere of Family History last July 23.
Though Family History gained commendations from viewers, it failed to catch the attention of the majority of the moviegoers unlike the success of the Richards-Bernardo movie. This may be due to the lack of promotions and publicity made by GMA Pictures for the film.
The story’s view of family relationships was considered cliche and predictable. The cast was commendable including the cameo roles of Kapuso stars Dingdong Dantes, John Estrada, and Eugene Domingo.
The movie earned praises from many and was hailed as the best family drama movie of the year despite its low earnings.