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"Starting Over Again" Grosses P200 Million In Less Than One Week

Toni Gonzaga's and Piolo Pascual's "Starting Over Again," an offering of Star Cinema for its 20th anniversary, already earned P200 million in five days.

The figure came from Star Cinema, and was based on the film's earnings as of February 16.

Mico del Rosario of Star Cinema posted this on his Twitter account: "Congratulations Inang Toni Piolo at sa lahat ng bumubuo ng #startingoveragain !! We have breached the P200M mark!!!"

He then thanked those who supported the movie and invited those who haven't watched it to catch it on over 300 cinemas nationwide.

In a span of four days, "Starting Over Again" already earned P150 million, according to del Rosario also.

The movie was inspired by the website, futureme.com, wherein people can send emails to themselves or another person in the future. Olivia Lamasan, the director of the film, then talked about it with Miguel Sevilla.

She said that Toni and Piolo fit the roles of an ex couple who might have a second chance at getting back together because of a letter from the past.

The premise was what if one day, you receive a letter from your ex--"from a person whom you loved dearly in the past but you hurt? And now, you get an email from this person."

As for Piolo, he described his character, Marco, as a university professor in the college where Ginny (Toni) is studying. They fell in love because Ginny kept on declaring her love for him.

But then, Ginny suddenly found herself afraid of what Marco was becoming. She left him to study in Barcelona and came back four years after--by then, Marco already found a new love in Patty (Iza Calzado).

Toni, on the other hand, said she saw Piolo in a different light after making the film with him. She has known him for a long time, but this is the first time Toni worked with him as a leading lady.

She now understands why his leading ladies fall in love with him. "There's a really different spark in his eyes when he looks at you. You can really feel na, 'ah, in love yata siya sa akin.'"

Iza, for her part, described her character as completely the opposite of Ginny, Toni's role.

Olivia left questions for the public to ponder on about love and life: "What is your definition of starting over again? What is your definition of new beginnings? What is your definition of second chances?"

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