'Star Wars' Lost to a Circumcision Comedy at the Turkish Box Office
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been bull's-eyeing box-office womp rats here at home, handily winning each of its first three weekends on its inevitable way to toppling Avatar as the highest-grossing film ever. And the movie has been making like Darth Maul internationally as well, with first-place opening-weekend showings in every country in which it has been released, except for five: United Arab Emirates, India, Vietnam, South Korea, and Turkey.
While the Bollywood action-comedy Dilwale edged out The Force Awakens in their respective opening frames in United Arab Emirates, the space epic went on to top the country's box office in its second weekend, so Dubai's definitely down with Rey and friends. And even though the blockbuster's $6.7M opening weekend ranks just 86th in South Korea overall (No. 2-ranked Avengers: Age of Ultron, by comparison, took in a robust $23M), J.J. Abrams can at least chalk the tally up to historical events: The Force Awakens' defeat came at the hands of The Himalayas, a mountaineering biopic about a famous South Korean hiker braving danger to bring back a friend’s body from Mount Everest. The import also stumbled against native fare in India and Vietnam.
But let's talk Turkey: movie-goers there preferred the delights of the comedy Dügün Dernek 2: Sünnet, whose subtitle translates to Unconventional Circumcision.
But as you'll see when you watch the trailer above, it all makes sense: Dügün Dernek 2: Sünnet looks pretty good! The plot of the sequel to the 2013 box-office smash Dügün Dernek (Unconventional Wedding) follows a family in an eastern Turkish village trying to plan a circumcision party, and various antics ensue -- not unlike what happens in The Force Awakens in that scene at Maz's cantina.
The Turks have spoken: more dick jokes in Episode VIII, please!
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Anna Silman is a staff writer at Thrillist and an alum of Salon and Vulture. She can't wait for the American remake of Düğün Dernek. Find her on Twitter: @annaesilman.