The latest Christopher Nolan epic ‘Tenet‘ was finally released this past weekend overseas. After months of delays, the moment finally came, and the box office results are a little surprising.
The film earned $53 million, which is a good chunk of change, considering some theaters are still closed and those that are open are operating at 50% capacity.
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).
It’s an incredibly solid start. ‘Tenet’ will be released in the U.S., China and Russia this coming weekend, so the numbers should only increase.
Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman, had this to say about the opening…
We are off to a fantastic start internationally and couldn’t be more pleased. 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.’
Still though, they need a lot more than $53 million to justify this movie. It was made on a $200 million budget, not including the millions they spent on marketing.
So yeah, they’re hoping and praying the numbers only go up from here.