Christopher Nolan’s insistence at pushing Tenet into theaters during a pandemic continues to pay small dividends in the domestic box office.
According to Deadline, Tenet earned a paltry $4.7 million at American theaters down from $6.7 million the weekend before. Major markets like Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco are still closed.
The film has pulled in just $36.1 million since it opened. However, Tenet’s international box office numbers are helping to salvage Tenet’s profitability. The film has grossed $250 million worldwide.
In March, Nolan penned an op-ed for The Washington Post insisting that movie theaters are an important part of American social life and why Americans should support them. While theaters are a vital part of our society, convincing Americans to attend anything other than drive-in theaters has proven difficult.
The continued struggles of Tenet may be contributing factor as to why Warner Bros has pushed back Wonder Woman 1984 to Christmas and Disney is expected to postpone Black Widow to 2021. Big Studio’s concern has led to headlines like The Hollywood Reporter’s Box Office Recovery Imperiled: “Do You Take the Risk or Do You Punt?”
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