Despite a limited release and numerous delays as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic, Christopher Nolan's Tenet opened to $53 million at the box office, an impressive showing considering the movie-going climate.
Tenet opened in more than 600 United Kingdom and Irish cinemas last week having had its launch delayed several times. Another 900 IMAX theaters will be showing Tenet this coming weekend across the U.S., China and Russian Federation.
Speaking on the subject, Warner Bros. South Korea follows with 5.1 million dollars, Germany with 4.2 million dollars.
The feature film even managed to distinguish itself in Saudi Arabia by becoming the biggest launch of a Hollywood film in the country with 1.47 million dollars. Having released in nearly 41 markets so far, the film is doing good business - having collected $53 million-plus internationally.
A bigger test comes this weekend as Tenet opens in the US on September 3 (but without the nation's top two moviegoing markets, NY and Los Angeles).
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Director Christopher Nolan poses at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 13, 2018.
"Emmerich paid tribute to theatre chains across the globe" due to their tireless efforts in reopening their cinemas in a secure and socially-distanced manner. However, early ticket sales in markets where cinemas are open appear to be strong.
But Tenet's success at overseas markets can't decently predict how the highly anticipated film will do in the U.S. The movie can't open everywhere in the States - many states aren't ready yet, and it was recently reported that Warner Bros.is limiting where the film can screen in drive-ins.
The film's previews will start in the U.S. from August 31 before officially opening where it can from September 3.