It has been one of the biggest bits of showbiz news ever since it broke, the pairing of one half each from two different love teams from the biggest TV network rivals in the country. Then when the trailers started coming in on the screen and online, fans were sold that a pairing of Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards, Kapamilya and Kapuso respectively, on a Star Cinema drama, will work. “Hello, Love, Goodbye,” finally premiered in cinemas last week. Judging from the box office returns going into its first weekend, it is safe to say the film is a blockbuster.
ABS-CBN News reports that following the July 31 start of the cinematic run for “Hello, Love, Goodbye,” the movie starring the cross-network pairing of Alden Richards and Kathryn Bernardo is proven a big hit with audiences. Such can only be interpreted that way, when the film makes P250,040,718.80 for its first weekend. By Monday, August 5, Star Cinema could rejoice of the numbers on their social media accounts. Their Instagram post read: “A weekend full of LOVE dahil sa inyo! Thank you, thank you very much, to all the hearts that were reached and believed in the story of #HelloLoveGoodbye.”
While the novelty of an impromptu love team composed of GMA-ABSCBN talent under the direction of Kapamilya romantic auteur Cathy Garcia-Molina was a big enough draw, the studio was in the right to mention viewers believing in the story of “Hello, Love, Goodbye.” It was after all the story of many Overseas Filipino Workers, particularly those going to Hong Kong where the plot unfolds. Indeed the hardships, particularly the level of contrast between domestic workers and those with skills, make for a great source of conflict between the characters played by Bernardo and Richards. Their trailer scenes together, especially that question of choice, sells everything.
“An even better morning, everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To God be the glory!!!” So wrote Garcia-Molina on her own Instagram. And she has every reason to rejoice, to recall the over P250 million her latest movie for Star Cinema has made and will make still. It should also be noted that this is but the first film with a Kapuso-Kapamilya tandem in the lead roles, with more on the way and all of which will be produced by Star Cinema, filmmaking arm of ABS-CBN. “Hello, Love, Goodbye” is still showing in theaters nationwide.
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