Egyptian romcom “Bahebek” (“I Love You”) stars as local megastar Tamer Hosni has garnered a smashing opening frame across West Asia, thanks to more than 300,000 viewers, grossing US$4.2 million.
Hosni plays a self-made businessman torn between the woman he is about to marry and an old flame
The first four days for “I Love You” mark the busiest opening weekend in the region for an Arab film, said Carlo Vincenti, head of distribution at Italia Film. His company released the hit picture in Saudi Arabia, the region’s top market, where it opened at $2.3 million. The past weekend coincided with the Muslim holiday of oath–Adha.
Hosni, a multi-hyphenated pop singer, actor, director, producer and more, also sings the main track in the picture entitled “Hadalaani,” which is also already a hit.
“Hosni has proven once again that his star power is undeniably massive within the Arabic-speaking communities,” noted Vincenti.
Opening at $2.3 million in Saudi Arabia, I Love You surpasses the most recent arc of Top Gun: Maverick, which opened in the kingdom at just under $2.1 million. It also surpassed the first frame of Minions: The Rise of Gru, which cost $1.9 million. And it’s just short of The Batman’s Saudi arc, which was $2.6 million.
Hosni’s previous film, Egyptian comedy “Mesh Ana” (“Not Me”) in 2021 hit #5 on the Saudi box office chart with grossing US$8.2 million.
I Love You will be distributed worldwide by Orient Films, the company behind the recent Egyptian megahit “Waafet Reggaala” (“A stand worthy of men‘), which grossed over $15 million in Saudi Arabia in 2021, making the Arabic-language ‘hangover’-style image the most disgusting in the country since cinema admissions were reintroduced in the kingdom in January 2018 after decades of banning it religion was forbidden. related reasons.
Italia Film has the film Distribution rights for Saudi Arabia and the countries of the Levant, which includes Lebanon and Jordan, while distribution rights for Kuwait are managed by the IFD.
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