Toronto winner achieves biggest ever opening weekend for any Arabic-speaking film in Lebanon.

Nadine Labaki’s Where Do We Go Now? has recorded the biggest ever opening weekend for an Arabic-speaking film in Lebanon after notching up 21,475 admissions for a total of $153,358.

Jointly distributed by Front Row Filmed Entertainment, Empire and The Kuwait National Cinema, the TIFF 2011 Audience Award winner and Lebanon’s official Oscar entry beat the previous record held by Egyptian blockbuster Omar & Salma 2, which took $110,828 back in 2009.

The drama about a group of Lebanese women who try to ease religious tensions in their village is also the seventh biggest opening of all time at the Lebanese box office.

Where Do We Go Now? opened in France on Sept 14 and currently stands at an impressive $1.3m. Pathe are handling international sales.