Bride for Rent has already reached the P300 million mark. During their thanksgiving party held last January 30 at the ABS-CBN compound, Kim Chiu confessed to being very surprised about the box office turnout of the film, which at that time only amounted to P280 million.
"Everyday na sinasabi nila ‘yung figures sobrang hindi ako naniniwala na parang ‘Huh?’ Amazing, surprising, exciting! Lahat na yata ng dapat ma-feel naramdaman ko na sa isang upuan lang sa kotse. My gosh ano kayang ginawa kong kalokohan at natatawa sila sa akin," she blurted.
The Ikaw Lamang star also tearfully noted how incredulous it was to her that the film raked in millions when "puro kalokohan lang ‘yung ginawa namin doon nakakatawa pero nakakaiyak sa saya."
In her thank you speech, Kim extended her thanks to the ABS-CBN bosses because "binigyan niyo ako ng room na sa pagpapatawa ko kahit na hindi ko alam na nakakatawa pala ako. Pero masaya ako na nagpapasaya ako ng mga tao sa kabila ng dinami dami ng problema nila."
She continued, "Ang sarap sa pakiramdam na lahat ng tao masaya. Kahit araw-araw kaming nagtatrabaho at wala kaming bakasyon sa holiday, okay lang basta alam naming na may maganda kaming pelikula na ibibigay sa mga tao."
Halfway through her speech, Kim turned emotional when she thanked her late mother who succumbed to brain aneurysm June last year.
"Thank you kay Papa God, thank you so much and of course sa Mama ko kung nasaan man siya ngayon, thank you so much. Kasi alam ko gina-guide niya ako simula nung nawala siya nung Bakit Hindi Ka Crush [ng Crush Mo] ‘yung maganda ‘yung tanggap ng tao tapos ito ulit mas dumoble. So thank you, thank you Mama," she said in between tears.
After Bride for Rent, fans of Xian Lim and Kim, collectively known as KimXi, still has something to look forward to as ABS-CBN executive Malou Santos shared during the party that the successful onscreen tandem will start shooting their third film together by the third quarter of the year.
"Siyempre masaya kasi hindi namin alam eh. So sobrang masaya and thankful kami na binigyan kami ng kasunod. Mga KimXi fans abangan nila ‘yon," Kim told their fans.
She ended, "Hopefully sa upcoming movie namin ni Xian eh ganon uli ang suporta na ibigay nila sa amin."
While Bride for Rent is still showing in theaters nationwide and some areas in the US and Canada, Kim's fans can expect to see her back on primetime soon enough through her upcoming soap Ikaw Lamang together with Coco Martin, Jake Cuenca, and Julia Montes.