Mustafa leads Turkish box office

By Deniz Ziya Temeltas
    Mustafa, a film about the founder of modern Turkey, has grossed over 2 million Turkish Lira (1.05 million euros) with 469,508 tickets sold in its first week.

    Word of the mouth is expected to keep the film in the top spot. The box office of numbers may reach new heights if parents overcome uneasiness over coverage of national hero's drinking and smoking habits. Reports had teary-eyed parents and the children viewing the film.

    Death Race and Saw V were in second and third spots, (with 650m00 totals on their third week), followed by three Turkish Films: Eclipse of Love (138,000), The Cars of Revolution (79,000) and Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Palme d'Or 2008 winner Three Monkeys (79,000).

    Conscience of Erden Kiral starring Nilgun Yesilcay, winner of the best actress award at the Golden Orange Film Festival, increased it total admissions to 136,000.