At long last, Christopher Nolan's Tenet - a film many dubbed the box office savior - has made its way to some 2,810 US theaters where it collected a not-too-shabby $20 million over the course of the Labor Day weekend, including $2.82 million from Imax locations.
After months of delays, Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Tenet finally arrived in USA theatres and generated $20.2 million over Labor Day weekend.
"But Warner Bros., the studio behind the twisty thriller, is banking on it being enough to justify unspooling the $200 million-budgeted film after months of delays".
As theaters in key US cities like NY and Los Angeles remain shuttered, Warner Bros.' "Tenet" was set to add $20.2 million in North American receipts through the Labor Day holiday for a cumulative $146.2 million, and now stands at $126 million in global grosses, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.
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. In China, Tenet earned U.S. 30 million and was just behind The Eight Hundred, the Chinese war epic.
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But without much competition from other Hollywood movies, Warner Bros.is optimistic that Tenet will play in theatres for months to come.
Labor Day weekend kicked off with Tenet finally being released in US theaters, and the numbers.well, they are what they are! The family movie is available to rent on the studio's streaming service for $30. In contrast, Disney canned its plan for a big-screen release of Mulan, preferring instead to run it on digital platforms. If it could have held a little bit higher of a percentage over two, three, maybe even four weekends, it would have certainly been a better look for the movie and may have helped the film kickstart the slow trek to profitability. And Searchlight Pictures' "The Personal History of David Copperfield" added $361,000 through the weekend and $470,000 through the holiday for a cumulative $1 million through Sunday and $1.1 million through the holiday. That should push its domestic tally to $1.13 million through Monday.
"Tenet", which was positively received with a B CinemaScore and a 74% "fresh" rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, remains the sole blockbuster on the release calendar until "Wonder Woman 1984" opens in October.
In France, for instance, the movie has taken in $10.7 million in its first 10 days of release, a reasonably respectable fraction of the inflation-adjusted $51 million "Inception" grossed in 2010.
The comic book adventure is expected to touch down in the US on October 2.