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“Tenet” grosses $20 million in 5 days of screening in North America

فيلم “تينت” يحصل على ٢٠ مليون دولار خلال ٥ أيام من عرضه في أمريكا الشمالية

“Tenet,” the Christopher Nolan sci-fi spy thriller that Hollywood is counting on to bring consumers back to theaters, took in an estimated $20.2 million in its U.S. debut, a cautious home opening for a film that has been received well overseas.

The estimated domestic total reported by Warner Bros. on Sunday includes results from the Aug. 31 preview showings through the Labor Day holiday weekend. Analysts estimates for the film, which is making its debut in theaters with sharply limited capacity due to the virus, ran both below and above that number.

The film continued to do extremely well internationally, taking in $58.1 million this weekend and putting its running tally for ticket sales overseas now at $126 million. The numbers suggest that foreign filmgoers are more comfortable going to theaters than Americans. The film took in $30 million in its opening weekend in China alone.

“This is an encouraging start for the film considering major markets yet to open domestically as we continue to view the film’s release as a marathon run,” said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com, an industry researcher.

In another closely watched release, Walt Disney Co.’s “Mulan,” a live-action remake of the 1998 animated hit, generated $5.9 million in smaller overseas markets such as Singapore and Thailand. The countries it has premiered in so far represent about 6% of the international marketplace, Disney said. The film will get a wider international release next week, including China on Sept. 11.

“Tenet,” about a CIA agent who has to save the world from a coming global conflict, has become the trial balloon for moviegoing in the Covid-19 era, with director Nolan publicly supporting the big-screen experience.

It was originally supposed to hit theaters in July but was delayed because so few theaters were open. The studio, AT&T Inc.’s Warner Bros., decided to try a rolling approach, opening “Tenet” in international theaters in late August and in U.S. “previews” days later. Even this weekend’s wide release excluded some key markets, such as Los Angeles and New York City, where theaters are still closed.

‘Tenet’ Results
“Tenet” ran in 2,810 theaters in North America, generating just under $7,200 per location. About 65% of theaters in the U.S. and Canada are open, up from almost 50% the prior weekend, according to researcher Comscore Inc.

Because “Tenet” had a big budget, some $200 million, and cost tens of millions more to market, it’s unclear yet whether Warner Bros. will be able to earn a decent return on the investment.

Some of the director’s opening-weekend numbers included $63 million for “Inception” in 2010 and $48 million for “Interstellar” four years later, according to IMDbPro.com. Those films opened in more theaters and continued to draw crowds over several weeks.

“Nolan films always have long tails,” said Rich Gelfond, chief executive officer of Imax Corp., which showed the film on 272 of its jumbo-sized North American theaters. “We’ll play it as long as it works.”

“Mulan” is a test of a different sort. That picture, another big-budget production, was also supposed to be released in theaters earlier this year, before Covid-19 changed everyones’ plans.

Disney opted instead to allow subscribers of its Disney+ streaming service to watch the film at home for an additional $30 in markets where the service is offered. The company isn’t expected to immediately release how many online purchases it received.

Source: bloomberg

واشنطن في 07 سبتمبر /قنا/ حصل فيلم الخيال العلمي والاكشن “تينيت” على أعلى إيرادات في أمريكا الشمالية بلغت 20 مليون دولار في الأيام الخمسة الأولى لعرضه، حيث كلفت ميزانية إنتاج الفيلم نحو 200 مليون دولار، وتم تصويره في سبع دول، وعرض في أكثر من 70 بلدا معظمها أوروبية، إضافة إلى كندا وأستراليا وكوريا الجنوبية.

وتدور قصة الفيلم حول رجل مسلح قادر بكلمة واحدة فقط (تينيت) أن يقاتل من أجل بقاء العالم، وهنا يسير بطل الرواية عبر عالم الشفق من التجسس الدولي في مهام سوف تتكشف في شيء يتجاوز الوقت الحقيقي، وهو من إخراج كريستوفر نولن، وبطولة جون ديفيد واشنطن وروبرت باتينسون.

وأوضحت شركة /إكزيبيتور ريليشنز/ المتخصصة أن هذا الفيلم هو أول إنتاج هوليوودي ضخم منذ ستة أشهر، يبدأ عرضه في الصالات التي تعاني صعوبة في العودة إلى وضعها الطبيعي بعدما أثرت عليها جائحة فيروس كورونا /كوفيد-19/ سلبا، حيث تأمل دور السينما التي أقفلت عدة أشهر في أن يعود إليها الجمهور بفضل هذا الإنتاج الضخم الذي بدأ عرضه الأربعاء الماضي.

الجدير بالذكر أن فيلم الخيال العلمي والاكشن “تينيت” حقق 150 مليون دولار على مستوى العالم كله منذ إطلاقه، فهو يعتبر أول فيلم يعرض في الصالات العالمية خلال هذه الجائحة، بعدما أرجئ إطلاقه أكثر من مرة.

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