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'Tenet' Hauls In Over $53 Million Internationally

The Christopher Nolan thriller is Hollywood's lone summer blockbuster this year.

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Tenet [Warner Bros.]

Over the weekend, Christopher Nolan's Tenet hauled in over $53 million at the global box office. Hollywood's lone summer blockbuster premiered in 41 countries, including Canada. After being delayed several times due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Tenet has finally hit the big screen and is performing much better than expected.

"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 seeTenet."

Tenet premieres in China this Friday, September 4. Things look promising at the box office, as the Chinese tentpole The Eight Hundred is closing in on $300 million since its release nearly two weeks ago.

According to Warner Bros., the $200 million espionage thriller pulled $7.1 million in the UK, $5.7 million in France, and and $4.2 million in Germany. While the studio did not break down earnings from other countries, it did confirm that 32 markets in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East accounted for $37 million in gross revenue despite theaters having reduced capacity.

In Imax theaters, the film brought in $5 million from 248 screens in 38 different markets around the world.

"Thank you to our exhibition partners for their tireless efforts in reopening their cinemas in a safe and socially-distanced way. Given the unprecedented circumstances of this global release we know we’re running a marathon, not a sprint, and look forward to long playability for this film globally for many weeks to come," Emmerich continued.

Tenet opens in the U.S. this Thursday, September 3. In the country's two largest markets - New York and Los Angeles - movie theaters remain closed.

Directed by Christopher Nolan, Tenet stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.

- Matt Bishop


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