Tenet, the first major Hollywood release in six months since the coronavirus pandemic delayed filming and closed theaters, grossed $ 20.2 million on its five-day opening in the United States.
Such box office receipts for an expected blockbuster that cost $ 200 million to make would generally be of concern to Warner Bros., which is the film’s distributor, but the company said it was “very happy” with the response. director Christopher Nolan’s initial to the film. .
The release in the United States has been scheduled for the generally busy Labor Day weekend, and
“There is literally no context in which to compare the results of a movie opening during a pandemic with any other circumstance,” Warner Bros. said in a statement. “We are in unprecedented territory. ”
The highly anticipated release has been repeatedly postponed due to the pandemic, and only aired in the United States on Wednesday, showing in around 28,000 theaters. About 65 to 70 percent of the nation’s multiplexes have reopened.
“With a significant number of key US states and cities still closed, this is a good opening,” said David A. Gross, box office analyst at FranchiseRe. “Business in the United States is improving, but a lot of moviegoers are not back yet. So far, it’s as good as it gets. ”
Tenet, a spy and sci-fi thriller in which people can turn time around, did better abroad, with nearly $ 150 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Tenet is currently broadcast in over 70 countries, including Canada, Australia, South Korea, and most of Europe.
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China, where the film premiered on Friday, generated more than $ 8 million in ticket sales on opening day and $ 30 million on weekends.
China has reported single-digit cases – compared to thousands in the United States – and its theaters are already well ahead in terms of reopening to business. He has already enjoyed notable success with the war epic “The Eight Hundred”, which has grossed over $ 300 million to date.
Nolan is renowned for his films that play with matters of time and perspective, and has directed a number of blockbusters, including the Dark Knight Trilogy, which grossed over $ 4 billion.
Other distributors have withheld their publications in the United States as the pandemic continues there. Disney’s Mulan, directed by Niki Caro and starring Liu Yifei, attracted $ 5.9 million in nine international markets, including Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand in its opening weekend and will premiere in China and Russia on next weekend. In the United States, it will only be released on digital platforms.
The latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, due out in April, will now hit theaters in November.
Tenet stars John David Washington, Kenneth Branagh and Robert Pattinson, who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19 on the set of the latest Batman movie.
It was shot in seven countries.