What pandemic can stop a new Christopher Nolan film from making money at the international box office? Well, it’s not COVID-19 because Tenet just hauled in over 53 million in its opening weekend of release.
The sci-fi epic, long pegged as the film that would restart moviegoing after prolonged cinema closures, had the strongest start in the United Kingdom, where it made $7.1 million. “Tenet” launched in 41 international markets this weekend, including France ($6.7 million), Korea ($5.1 million) and Germany ($4.2 million). Next weekend, the Warner Bros. film will touch down in the U.S., Russia and China.
“We are off to a fantastic start internationally and couldn’t be more pleased,” said Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman. “Christopher Nolan has once again delivered an event-worthy motion picture that demands to be seen on the big screen, and we are thrilled that audiences across the globe are getting the opportunity to see ‘Tenet.’”
Despite the majority of US theaters still being closed, 20th Century Studios/Disney Film, The New Mutants took the top spot at the US box office (stateside where Tenet has not been released yet.) with a 7 million dollar debut. Keep in mind that, according to Deadline, only 62% of theaters are open and auditorium capacity restrictions allow for only 25%-50% occupancy. Even so, the $3.1 million opening day gross won’t knock anyone’s socks off, neither will the $2.45 million the flick grossed on Saturday, even if it marks the highest gross for a film since mid-March. When combined with overseas numbers, the long-delayed Josh Boone thriller only managed to pull in $10 million, which just goes to show we’re still a long way off from normalcy.
Landing in second place was the Russell Crowe thriller Unhinged, which collected $2.6 million (-35%) from 2,331 theaters for a $8.8 million total. The thriller scored a 48% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but has amassed a 76% audience rating out of 1,068 reviews.
The anticipated threequel Bill & Ted Face the Music grossed $1.06 million overall from 1,007 theaters which may not sound like much for a blockbuster film, but consider that the flick was also released on PVOD where it landed at No. 1 on iTunes with the franchise bundle trailing at No. 2. We’re still waiting on the PVOD numbers to determine just how big (or small) of a hit the Keanu Reeves/Alex Winter flick will be.
Check out the official US box office weekend result below: