Joel Lamangan Reacts on Alleged Low Ticket Sales of His Film “Oras de Peligro”
Veteran director Joel Lamangan expresses his reactions to the rumors that his film “Oras de Peligro” has low ticket sales.
In an interview, Lamangan stated that he was pleased with the current film’s ticket sales in comparison to his prior movies. He was also not surprised that Yap’s film outperformed his in terms of ticket sales because it was backed by strong people and businesses.
“Isa lang ang nakita ko. Mayroon talagang mas makapangyarihan, hawak ang pera, binibigay ang mga tickets, binibigay sa Chinese Chamber of Commerce,” Lamangan revealed during the interview.
It should be noted that the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. had admitted to purchasing tickets to Yap’s earlier film, Maid in Malacanang. Lamangan said that if he had the same influence and power as the Marcoses, he would do the same in his films.
He was hopeful, though, that additional ticket sales would come in so that ‘Oras de Peligro’ could aid their producers. He also confessed that if his picture is a flop, he will have no choice but to cease producing films like his current one.
“May nakapanood sa amin, pero siguro mas maraming nanood sa kanila. Expected na natin yun. Pero ang dasal ko lang ay kumita man sana yung aking producer para makapag-produce pa uli ng iba.” said Lamangan.
“Pag kumita ang pelikulang ito ay gagawa pa kami ng isa pa. O dalawa pa pag kumita. Pag hindi kumita, e, di wala muna, pahinga muna. Hindi naman ganun kayaman ang aking mga producers, dahil sila ay mga ordinaryong mamamayan lamang.” he added in the interview.
Lamangan even went after Yap, claiming that the creators of ‘Oras de Peligro’ are not using public funds. “Wala silang hawak na pera ng bayan,” he explained.
The director also stated that if people did not see his film, it will be their loss. According to Pep.ph, Yap’s film earned P8 million on its first day of release, while Oras de Peligro only earned P500,000 in ticket sales.
Oras de Peligro is one of the films that will counter the “Martyr or Murderer” of the controversial director Darryl Yap. Aside from Lamangan’s film, director Atty Vince Tañada also made the movie “Ako si Ninoy” against Yap’s film.
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