Turkish Title Bergen Enjoys Box Office Success Across MENA Region

Distributed by VOX Cinemas, Bergen marks the first-ever Turkish movie to get a theatrical release across Saudi Arabia.

Exceptionally, the powerful biopic has performed better in its second weekend than in its opening.

VOX Cinemas has reported strong ticket sales for Bergen, which it has distributed across the MENA region. The powerful biopic debuted in cinemas on Thursday, 16 June, and marked the first-ever Turkish movie to get a theatrical release in Saudi Arabia.

In what is considered an exception in the film industry, the movie performed better in its second weekend versus its opening, with a staggering 674% increase in ticket sales. Bergen has also outperformed the Turkish Oscar entry Miracle in Cell No. 7 by 376%, which had been the most successful Turkish movie to date, and is in the top five movies across Saudi cinemas this week.

“VOX Cinemas is extremely excited to distribute Bergen across the MENA region, particularly in Saudi Arabia where it marks the first Turkish movie to be shown in the cinema”, said Toni El Massih, Managing Director, Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas. He added, “We are committed to bringing a diverse slate of movies to the big screen that represents the world we live in. The performance of Bergen is proof that audiences in this region have an appetite for it. The release of this movie marks an important moment in Saudi Arabia and the fact that its performance has increased significantly in its second weekend is exceptional. I encourage movie-lovers to catch this biopic at the cinema while they still can.”

Bergen is the true-life story of the eponymous singer and her transformation from a promising cello player to a world-famous singer. Known as “The Queen of Arabesque”, she garnered a cult following and fought to continue performing despite enduring a violent relationship with her husband. Directed by Caner Alper, Bergen stars Farah Zeynep Abdullah in the lead role. It was selected as the opening film at the Turkiye-Germany Film Festival earlier this year, where it received rave reviews.

In addition to being the Middle East’s largest and most rapidly growing exhibitor, VOX Cinemas also produces content and operates a large regional film distribution business. Bergen is currently showing across cinemas in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Lebanon, Oman, and Jordan.

For more information or to make a booking visit www.voxcinemas.com

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