Tenet sees Christopher Nolan directing a cast that includes John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh. Although "Tenet" has been hailed by the Western film industry as the savior of cinema recovery, in mainland China, the film lost out repeatedly to the local smash war-epic film "The Eight Hundred" during its three-day opening weekend. Overall, even factoring in global totals, the movie has only made around $20 million worldwide on an alleged $67 million budget, not factoring advertising, so it has a ways to go still. However, movie theaters in many states and cities - including Los Angeles and New York City - remain closed due to social distancing guidelines and phased reopening, resulting in the $20 million opening; overseas, where many countries have a better handling of the coronavirus and thus received an earlier opening for Tenet, the film has so far grossed over $150 million in worldwide box office. Considering the lack of competition in theaters until September 25 when both Wonder Woman 1984 and Greenland open, Nolan's film seems poised to dominate multiplexes for quite some time. Obviously, one must keep in mind that some of the bigger filmgoing markets, i.e. Los Angeles, San Francisco and NY, have yet to open.
Our own review of Tenet said the film is "a thrilling addition to the Christopher Nolan canon, but is slightly held back by a sense of over-familiarity".
Also in its second weekend, LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions' "Words on Bathroom Walls" added $282,370 across 1,168 screens for a per-screen average of $242 and a cumulative $1.5 million. Not time travel. Inversion.
If Tenet released in India theatres amid the COVID-19 pandemic, would you go to watch it?
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