Christopher Nolan Insists Theatrical Release Of ‘Tenet’ Was A Success

We all remember the drama surrounding the release of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet‘ in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was pushed back several times, but Nolan and the Warner Bros. team were adamant about releasing it inside theaters.

They finally did it back in late August/early September, and the results weren’t great. They weren’t terrible, but they certainly didn’t bring theaters back in the game.

It’s grossed nearly $350 million globally in two months, which again, isn’t terrible. But the budget was north of $200 million, not including a pricey marketing campaign.

Nolan recently spoke to the Los Angeles Times recently, and he seemed to be very pleased with Tenet’s box office haul.

Warner Bros. released ‘Tenet,’ and I’m thrilled that it has made almost $350 million. I am worried that the studios are drawing the wrong conclusions from our release — that rather than looking at where the film has worked well and how that can provide them with much needed revenue, they’re looking at where it hasn’t lived up to pre-COVID expectations and will start using that as an excuse to make exhibition take all the losses from the pandemic instead of getting in the game and adapting — or rebuilding our business, in other words.

And he does have a point. The film did perform better in some areas, and instead of focusing on where it went wrong (New York, Los Angeles) they should be looking at where it went right.

How can they possibly have similar releases, with perhaps much smaller films, where they don’t necessarily need a huge return to make their money back?

It’s an interesting point. But at the end of the day, Nolan was never going to slam the release date decision, so he’s kinda forced to defend it.

‘Tenet’ Goes Over $200 Million Globally, But Continues To Disappoint In The States

There is some good news and some bad news for Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet‘ film. The good news is that it crossed the $200 million mark globally. It’s been performing well overseas, which is of course a positive.

The film was made on a $200 million budget, but experts say the film needs to make at least another $100 million to break even, due to marketing costs.

So what’s the bad news? Well, the film continues to struggle domestically. It made just $6.7 million in the U.S. and Canada during its second weekend of release.

Warner Bros. knew the film would have a slow start amid the pandemic, but the studio was clearly hoping that ‘Tenet’ would perform better in the U.S. Want a clue as to how they really view the viability of U.S. theaters right now? Less than a week after ‘Tenet’ premiered domestically, Warner Bros. delayed its comic book sequel ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ from October to Christmas Day.

There are a number of things contributing to Tenet’s slow start here in the states. Obviously you have to start with the ongoing pandemic. Not only are some people afraid to go inside a theater, other people don’t even have the choice because theaters are still closed in their area.

Movie theaters in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco are still closed, so that’s a huge chunk of the market. Around 30% of the market. Additionally, the theaters that are open have limited seating avaiable, which has a poor impact on ticket sales.

But still, even with all that going against it, ‘Tenet’ could be seeing better results right now. And I believe the reason it’s not is because it’s not a good movie. I watched the movie at a drive-in last weekend and it was not Nolan’s best.

It was boring, which is crazy to say about a Nolan movie, but it was! It was also predictable and had an extremely generic feel. It wasn’t a BAD movie, but it’s not the, “Oh my god, you must see this!” film it needs to be during a pandemic.

That’s my opinion anyway. Have you watched it? Did you enjoy it?

‘Tenet’ Has An Okayish Debut At The U.S. Box Office, But Was It Enough?

Well, ‘Tenet‘ surprised some people two weekends ago when it made over $50 million in its debut overseas. The studio was hoping the momentum would carry over to the debut here in the states on Labor Day weekend.

Sadly, that wasn’t the case. The sci-fi thriller brought in a little over $20 million over the 4-day weekend, which is obviously better than any other recent release. It’s the highest-grossing domestic release since March.

But still, those numbers are not what the studio expected when they dreamed of releasing another Christopher Nolan epic. After all, the movie was made on a $200 million budget, not including marketing costs.

In total, the film has made around $150 million globally, but that’s not nearly enough.

Ticket sales for the film have cleared $150 million globally to date. It needs to make approximately $400 million in box office receipts worldwide to break even and closer to $450 million to turn a profit.

And it’s too early to know if it’ll get close to that. The studio has revealed their goal is to be in theaters for a longer amount of time, which could result in multiple $15 to $20 million weekends. If that’s the case, then perhaps their plan will work.

But studios are still afraid of the risk. The next ~big~ film set for release is Wonder Woman 1984, which is scheduled to hit theaters on October 2, 2020. Although, there hasn’t been a lot of promotion for it recently, so the studio might be thinking about delaying the release.

So yeah, the good news is that the movie theater is not dead. People are still going to the movies.

The bad news? They might be changed forever.

Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Film Earns A Surprising $53 Million In International Debut

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.

The First Reviews For Christopher Nolan’s Spy Thriller Are In, And They’re A Little Confusing

Thanks to the coronavirus, the release date for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet‘ film was pushed back a handful of times. After the second or third delay, the studio decided to go with a different approach.

Instead of one big release date, they would do a sort of staggered release. They’d release the film where theaters were open, and slowly spread to more locations. Their plan is to be in theaters for a longer amount of time.

And the start of that experiment begins next week, with the film premiering in multiple international markets. It’ll then be released in the states in early September.

The first reviews of the film were released today, and while most of them are positive, the response isn’t as unanimous as we’ve come to expect for Nolan films.

The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin loved the movie:

The depth, subtlety and wit of Pattinson and Debicki’s performances only becomes fully apparent once you know where Tenet is going, or perhaps that should be where it’s been. Still confused? Don’t be. Or rather do be, and savour it. This is a film that will cause many to throw up their hands in bamboozlement – and many more, I hope, to clasp theirs in awe and delight.

As did the Empire’s Alex Godfrey…

Once again seizing control of the medium, Nolan attempts to alter the fabric of reality, or at least blow the roof off the multiplexes. Big, bold, baffling and bonkers.

But The Wrap’s Nicholas Barber wasn’t as hot on it…

It’s exhilarating, in a ‘Fast & Furious’ sort of way, especially as so many of the stunts are done for real rather than with CGI. It helps, too, that the swaggering Washington and the smirking Pattinson make a likable double act. But it all happens so quickly, with such brief explanations and so little breathing space, that the story is tough to follow, and therefore tough to care about.

Same goes for Indiewire’s Mike McCahill…

What kind of picture is it? Big, certainly: IMAX-scaled, and a hefty 150 minutes even after a visibly ruthless edit. It’s clever, too — yes, the palindromic title has some narrative correlation — albeit in an exhausting, rather joyless way. As second comings go, Tenet is like witnessing a Sermon on the Mount preached by a savior who speaks exclusively in dour, drawn-out riddles. Any awe is flattened by follow-up questions.

So is Tenet worth the coronavirus/theater risk? Depends on who you believe.

‘Tenet’ Will Open Internationally Before Making Its Debut In The States

The drama surrounding Christopher Nolan’s Tenet‘ film continues this week. It was announced last week that the release date was being pushed back once again, thanks to the coronavirus.

At the time, they did not reveal a new release date, but now we are hearing that it’ll open in select cities in North America over Labor Day weekend on September 3.

But if you live overseas, there is a chance you’ll be able to check it out a week or two before.

It’s scheduled to be released internationally on August 26.

The movie is launching at the end of August in 70 international territories, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United Kingdom. The studio does not have plans yet to release Tenet in China.

It’s a bold move. North America is the world’s biggest film market, so most every film premieres in the states before releasing internationally, but these are obviously wild times.

Warner Bros. recently began telling exhibitors in Europe and Asia about plans for an Aug. 26-28 opening weekend. Strong ticket sales for ‘Train to Busan’ sequel ‘Peninsula,’ which has generated $21 million in Korea since July 15, was a sign of confidence to studios that patrons were ready to get out of the house and attend the movies.

So finally, after months of rescheduling, it’s looking like Tenet will hit theaters in late August.

As for the Labor Day premiere in the states? We’ll see what happens.

Surprise, Surprise, Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Has Been Delayed Indefinitely

Who didn’t see this coming? Warner Bros. has removed ‘Tenet‘ from its release calendar. If you’ve been following along, then you know both the studio and the theater industry were hoping Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ would be the film to get people back in the movie theater.

It was going to be their big return. It was originally scheduled to be released in July, but then the studio pushed it back to August 12.

But if you turn on the news, you’ll see that several states are currently going through a surge of COVID-19 cases, which means the reopening plans have been pushed back. Theaters were scheduled to reopen in just a week or two, but that won’t be happening now.

In fact, some people believe theaters won’t reopen (in the states) until October. So yeah, Warner Bros. was forced to delay ‘Tenet’ once again.

A new release date has not been released. The studio claimed a new release date would be shared soon.

We will share a new 2020 release date imminently for Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s wholly original and mind-blowing feature. We are not treating Tenet like a traditional global day-and-date release, and our upcoming marketing and distribution plans will reflect that.

Insiders say the film could open overseas first. Some countries have already started reopening theaters, so it’s possible the studio takes advantage of that.

I have my doubts though. I feel like they’d risk the possibility of a leaked version being released online, which would be a huge blow.

‘Tenet’ Release Date Has Been Delayed Again, Find Out When It’ll Hit Theaters!

Movie theaters were counting on Christopher Nolan’s action-thriller ‘Tenet‘ to be the movie that got everyone back in the theater after COVID-19.

The original release date was scheduled for July 17, but then it was pushed back to July 31, and now it has been pushed back again.

The new release date is scheduled for August 12. Warner Bros. sent out the following statement, revealing they’re adopting a new release strategy:

Warner Bros. is committed to bringing ‘Tenet’ to audiences in theaters, on the big screen, when exhibitors are ready and public health officials say it’s time.

In this moment what we need to be is flexible, and we are not treating this as a traditional movie release. We are choosing to open the movie mid-week to allow audiences to discover the film in their own time, and we plan to play longer, over an extended play period far beyond the norm, to develop a very different yet successful release strategy.

And you know, that COULD work. If you have it playing in theaters for a longer amount of time, more people can see it safely over time. It could be a smart move.

But at the same time, cases are going up in nearly every state, especially in Arizona, Florida, Texas and California. Those are big markets, and if the cases continue to go up, theaters might have to delay their reopenings.

Texas has already reversed their decision to reopen bars. They are now ordering all bars to shutdown once again.

So yeah, the near future is unknown at this time, and it’s likely Tenet is delayed again.

Cinemark Plans To Reopen, Is Confident Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Film Will Be Released On July 17

While the nation’s biggest theater chain, AMC, is losing money and falling fast, Cinemark is seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

They have announced reopening plans and are confident they’ll be more than ready for the release of Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster film, Tenet, which is scheduled to be released July 17.

Cinemark CEO Mark Zoradi was confident this week while speaking on a conference call

We’ve been in close contact with Warner Bros. and they remain optimistic and positive as well as Christopher Nolan about the July 17 opening. Of course, it depends on the continued positive movement due to the decline of COVID-19 and government restrictions being reduced.

But he added that obviously there are no guarantees. It’s entirely possible that Warner Bros. pushes the release date back. It’ll likely depend on how theaters look at the end of June/beginning of July.

The thriller ‘Unhinged’ starring Russell Crowe is scheduled to get a wide release on July 1. So if that goes well, it’s likely Warner Bros takes a chance with their July 17 opening.

But if no one shows up to watch Unhinged, you can bet yo’ a** that Warner Bros. will push back the release date for Tenet.

Watch The New Trailer For Christopher Nolan’s Upcoming Sci-Fi/Action Flick ‘Tenet’

Warner Bros. released the second ‘Tenet‘ trailer on Thursday, much to the delight of Christopher Nolan fans across the world.

Nolan’s latest film stars John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, and while details surrounding the plot have been few and far between, the studio did release this plot synopsis…

John David Washington is the new Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle ‘Tenet.’

Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.

Not time travel. Inversion.

What the hell does that mean? No idea. And why are they calling Washington’s character “Protagonist”? Is that his actual name in the film? If so, does that mean the movie is a story inside a story?

I don’t know. They obviously wanted the synopsis to be vague, so I’m not going to attempt to make sense of it.

In any event, check out the new trailer below. And yes, the release date is still scheduled to hit theaters July 17, but that could change.