How Much Did ‘Tenet’ Make?

Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is the first big box-office test of the covid-19 era. While other studios have been delaying release dates and or sending movies straight to digital, Warner Brothers decided to move ahead with a traditional Tenet release. So how much did Tenet make at the box office?

Tenet box office numbers

According to CNBC, Tenet made $20 million at the U.S. box office, plus $150 million globally.

This isn’t a huge success; in a pre-covid world, the action-thriller starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh would have expected to rake in between $35 and $55 million domestically.

But when you ask how much did Tenet make, you have to keep in mind that only 65% of U.S. movie theaters have reopened. (Movie theaters in large markets such as New York City and Los Angeles are still closed.) Theaters are also required to keep their screening rooms half empty.

With a production budget of $200 million, Tenet will certainly need to attract more viewers to be profitable.

But Tenet has earned more than any other filmed released during the covid-19 pandemic, and it’s expected to earn even more as moviegoers become more comfortable returning to theaters.

At least the film has some filmmaking techniques to make the trek worthwhile: the film uses no green screens, and Nolan even blew up a real plane to give viewers an authentic experience.

“It’s the biggest film I’ve done,” the director told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“We went to more countries, we did larger-scale action and we put more things on screen than we ever have.”

It may be a while before any of us get to do that again!

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