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KathDen’s ‘Hello, Love, Goodbye’ continues to break box-office records amid its film piracy

  • Hello, Love, Goodbye is still showing in selected cinemas nationwide. 
  • The box-office hit movie has already conquered countries like Malaysia, US, and Canada.
  • Pirated copies of the said blockbuster film is circulating online.

Star Cinema has created another successful movie via Hello, Love, Goodbye starring Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards.

The blockbuster hit film is now on its fourth week, HLG fever is still in the air.

Apart from the Philippines, the movie is now screening in different parts of the world including Malaysia, US, and Canada.

Produced by ABS-CBN Films and helmed by box-office filmmaker Cathy Garcia-Molina, the film is currently the highest-grossing Filipino film of the year reaching P800 million in ticket sales, which is based on the worldwide gross income report on August 23.

The movie is expected to be released in other countries as well. With this, it is a likely scenario that it will break the record of Kathryn and Daniel Padilla‘s The Hows of Us film. It can be the highest blockbuster local film of all time that could collect P900 million ticket sales.

As of now, Kathryn and Alden’s movie continues to make history in the world. According to ComScore, an American media measurement and analytics company. Hello, Love, Goodbye placed fifth in the box-office chart of North America, particularly in the US and in Canada. Additionally, the box-office film is the only Filipino film that was included in the top 5 chart of North America among the list of independent foreign movies that hit the continent for the last two weeks.

Despite its commercial success both locally and internationally, pirated copies of the hit movie is circulating online.

The news saddened the box-office director.

Much to her dismay, several bus companies such as Metro Manila Bus Co and Saulog Transit are facing administrative charges for violating the Optical Media Act after showing pirated copies of Hello, Love, Goodbye on their buses. A raid at transport terminal I  Southern Metro Manila, on Wednesday was conducted.

The pirated copies and flash drives were confiscated.

According to the Optical Media Board, if found guilty, the aforementioned transit bus companies may be charged with six years imprisonment and a fine of approximately P1.5 million.

Even so, director Garcia-Molina is still thankful the people who showed their support for the movie.

“But still, despite that, people go to the cinemas. And I thank them for valuing the Filipino movies that we have. Kung wala ang supporta nila, mamamatay tayo.

“Hindi na natin sila kayang pigilan. Nakakalungkot mang isipin pero sana nare-realize nila na sila rin eventually ang papatay sa industriya if they don’t stop it.”

Director Cathy also admitted that she aims for the movie to reach 1 billion, but she is positive about the feedback from moviegoers and encourage them even the more express their thoughts about the film. She deeply appreciates it.

“I would be a hypocrite to say na hindi ko ninanais. Pero kung hindi makarating, okay na. It’s not about the numbers, it’s about also the very good feedbacks we get, both locally and internationally. How much it opened their eyes, helped them realize more love for the family, relationships. Ang dami dami niyang naibigay. Things that sa amin lang na intensyon, na nakakatuwang naitawid naming at nakuha nila. So it’s more than enough para sa amin.”

She went on saying, “We wished na sana tanggapin. Pero hindi naming inaasahan ‘yung ganito kalakas na pagtanggap. ‘Yun pa lang, parang, ‘Wow’. ‘Yung gamble mo, ‘yung risk na tinake mo, it’s all worth it. Ngayon, mas nakakatuwa kasi mas pwede ka na pala talaga mag-mix and match, pwede ka na mag-eksperimento kasi mas open na ‘yung public, eh. Mas open na ang audience natin to new things, to combinations, to new stories, to medyo a little bolder story-telling… So, it’s a good thing for the industry.”


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