The film’s Labor Day Weekend release showcased new realities for American cinemas as Americans came to the movies for the first time in nearly six months.
However, modest box office numbers showed low standards for Hollywood’s top blockbusters.
Warner Bros., the film’s studio, said, “We’re in unprecedented territory, so any comparison to the CO-COVID world would be unequal and baseless.”
Currently about 70 percent of US cinemas are open, while the nation’s top markets – Los Angeles and New York – remain closed.
Theaters that are operating are limiting the audience to a maximum of 50 percent capacity to keep distance from each other.
“Tenet” is played in 2,810 North American locations, typically launching about three-quarters of the biggest releases.
Warner Bros. refused to split US and Canadian box office receipts. Theaters in Canada, where COVID-19 cases are much lower than in the US, began showing “Tenet” a week earlier.
The film debuted in the states with a preview preview of the night on Wednesday before its official opening on Thursday.
Warner Bros. included all of the above in its estimated gross Sunday, as well as expected returns for Monday’s Labor Day.
With post wires