"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".
Warner Bros. declined to make executives available to discuss the opening but said in a statement that "Tenet" had to be judged differently. "Moviegoers are excited to be able to enjoy movies the way they were meant to be seen-on the big screen-and "Tenet" is the flawless film to welcome them back".
Against all odds, Tenet is bringing moviegoers back to theaters in the middle of a global pandemic.More news: Tunisian Officer Stabbed to Death, 3 Assailants Killed in Firefight
Critics have said that Tenet is a thrilling spectacle despite being cold and confusing.
For other insights, we refer you to an exegesis on cinema by Christopher Nolan and an essay on Tenet and the short circuit of the image.
The film is also playing in select theaters in the United States, where it earned $2.8 million on 272 IMAX screens.More news: Full tech specs and design of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE leaked
According to Deadline, the sci-fi epic made an estimated $21 million in China, despite stiff competition from new Chinese historical war drama The Eight Hundred.
Unlike previous Nolan films, has not been met with unanimously rave reviews, soliciting an 8.3 rating on the more populist Maoyan and just 7.9 on Douban, a platform popular with more discerning young urbanites. While the pandemic has weighed down numbers, IMAX turnout for the film in the US and China has still given the company its best ever weekend in the month of September.
With an opening day box office collection of almost 60 million yuan on Friday, "Tenet" raked in a total of 200 million yuan from this market as of Sunday night. Its total is now up to $11.6 million. Solstice's "Unhinged" took in an estimated $1.6 million 3-day total in its third weekend, bringing its domestic total to $11.2 million. Some multiplexes played Tenet as much as 100 times over the weekend.More news: Environment activists blockade United Kingdom newspaper printing plants
Meanwhile, Disney's "Mulan" was released as a $30 premium on-demand title for Disney+ subscribers in most parts of the world, though it did receive theatrical release this weekend in a handful of Asian markets and earned $5.9 million.