'Tenet' sets opening weekend box office record

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Christopher Nolan’s Tenet makes over USD 53 million internationally on its opening weekend at the box office

Tenet just pulled off the most impossible heist yet: a decent box office haul during a pandemic.

Finally given the chance to put numbers on the board after several weeks of delays, high-stakes Warner Bros. Another 900 IMAX theaters will be showing Tenet this coming weekend across the U.S., China and Russian Federation.

Coronavirus cases may be rising across the US, but hey at least Tenet made more money than industry insiders thought they would.

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Given the reception the film has received, taking $53m internationally and beating analysts' expectations, hopes are high that it will replicate that performance when it launches in major markets including the USA and China at the weekend.

Christopher Nolan's latest film has had a strong start in movie theatres despite the global pandemic and resulting measures on cinema capacity.

Spokespeople for Warner Bros. and Disney declined to comment. Tenet launched in 41 worldwide markets this weekend, including France ($6.7 million), Korea ($5.1 million) and Germany ($4.2 million).

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"Thank you to our exhibition partners for their tireless efforts in reopening their cinemas in a safe and socially-distanced way", Emmerich said. "And that is why we look forward to the opportunity for audiences from all over the world to see Tenet ". With the US recently topping 6 million coronavirus cases, it is risky to recommend that people go to the handful of recently reopened theaters.

"Words On Bathroom Walls", based on the novel by Julia Walton and released by LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions, earned an estimated $453,360 Friday through Sunday on 1,356 USA screens, Comscore reported.

Tenet early access screenings in USA theaters begin on August 31. It will also release in the United States on September 3, 2020.

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