TENET Hits $150 Million Worldwide As THE NEW MUTANTS Plummets Domestically During Its Second Weekend

TENET Hits $150 Million Worldwide As THE NEW MUTANTS Plummets Domestically During Its Second Weekend

Tenet has somewhat exceeded expectations at the worldwide box office after passing $150 million this weekend, but it's bad news for The New Mutants in North America as takings plummeted after just a week.

By JoshWilding - Sep 07, 2020 04:09 AM EST
Filed Under: Sci-Fi
Source: Deadline

Labor Day weekend kicked off with Tenet finally being released in U.S. theaters, and the numbers...well, they are what they are! Playing in 2,810 theaters across the country (minus major markets like New York City and Los Angeles), Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic earned an estimated $20.2 million, with $2.8 million coming specifically from IMAX screens.

Clearly, many moviegoers still aren't quite ready to watch a movie on the big screen just yet. 

On the plus side, Tenet has now earned around $150 million at the worldwide box office to date, and it's believed Warner Bros. will keep it in theaters for as long as possible so they can (understandably) try to recoup their costs. However, should it fall short of $500 million, then the studio are making a loss. Right now, it's impossible to say how likely that figure actually is. 

While reviews for Nolan's latest movie have been mostly positive, it's only earned a "B" CinemaScore from theatergoers. That's a contrast to the typical "B+" or "A" the filmmaker's work usually attracts.

In other box office news, The New Mutants suffered a 59% during its second weekend at the North American box office with a $2.9 million haul, and a ten-day total of $11.6 million. Ultimately, it may end its domestic run with a lowly $15 million, making it one of the biggest superhero movie flops of all-time. 

Still, given what's going on in the world, all of these numbers are understandably lower than anticipated. 

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Origame - 9/7/2020, 4:39 AM
Now i dont wanna say i told ya so, but...
mastakilla39 - 9/7/2020, 6:03 AM
@Origame - How can we consider any of these movies a "true flop" if theaters are only allowing 30% capacity and most still being closed?

We need to consider dropping our initial estimates by 70% and monitor the box office based on full weeks, not weekends. So if Tenet was supposed to open to half its 300 mil budget at 150 mil, 30% of that is 45 mil which is probably going to be a "full weeks" earning based on its current pace. I would say that's a "hit" for covid times.
Origame - 9/7/2020, 6:04 AM
@mastakilla39 - well, i mean it exceeded their estimates. Thats what i was going by.
Scarilian - 9/7/2020, 8:39 AM
@mastakilla39 -
Reality is that Tenet might not break-even and we are starting the second Covid wave. The cinema industry this year is unlikely to have a movie that breaches $600m.
Doomsday8888 - 9/7/2020, 4:45 AM

Let me go. 🤧😭😢😥😭
SnideCut - 9/7/2020, 4:50 AM
@Doomsday8888 - The music was definitely the best thing about this movie for me. Ludwig Gorannson is incredible.
regularmovieguy - 9/7/2020, 4:53 AM

I thought the action was Nolan’s best yet. The set pieces were pretty incredible to look at. Ludwig’s score was really [frick]ing good but it also reminded me a lot of Hans Zimmer at points.

Not necessarily a bad thing. Zimmer is awesome. I was just hoping for something a little different than what Nolan movies are accustomed to.
Doomsday8888 - 9/7/2020, 5:01 AM
lol i feel you:

But what can i say? I f*cking love that shit! Eheheh! :P
regularmovieguy - 9/7/2020, 5:10 AM

Haha I will prolly download the soundtrack 👌🏻🔥
SnideCut - 9/7/2020, 5:41 AM
@regularmovieguy - The one action scene I thought was exceptional was the airport retread. And some of the inverted chase was cool but the third act felt like a convoluted mess with no proper staging or choreography. I dunno, it felt a bit disappointing to me overall.
regularmovieguy - 9/7/2020, 6:01 AM

I have it ranked below Interstellar and The Dark Knight Rises.

Prolly going to see it one more time and see if anything clicks that didn’t for me on first viewing.

The airport scene was crazy fun to watch, prolly my favorite set piece as well.

I also really dug the arc of Neil in the movie...that paid off well for me. But yeah, not super high on the movie. Honestly kind of want Jonathan Nolan to start taking a run at Chris’ drafts.

The movie needed a lot more time to breathe.
SnideCut - 9/7/2020, 4:49 AM
Doesn't help that this movie was utterly mediocre. Innovative as hell concept but packaged in a generic spy story
regularmovieguy - 9/7/2020, 4:51 AM
Pretty sure Dunkirk and The Dark Knight are Chris Nolan’s only A Cinemascores.
dracula - 9/7/2020, 11:54 AM
@regularmovieguy - have you seen Memento
regularmovieguy - 9/7/2020, 11:55 AM

Absolutely I have. Love the movie.
ChangAlang - 9/7/2020, 4:53 AM
My first movie on the big screen since.....February I think and I wasn’t totally disappointed. A few things I’ll need to process and my only gripe would be the audio.

An 8/10 for me personally.

Side note: The DUNE trailer was amazing! What a fantastic cast
regularmovieguy - 9/7/2020, 4:56 AM

Full trailer on Wednesday!!! 💯 🔥

That was the only trailer before TENET that my buds were like “okay, we’re all in on this one”.

Looks awesome.
ChangAlang - 9/7/2020, 5:02 AM
@regularmovieguy - Was that a teaser trailer? Holy hell that was done right.

Yep I was the same. Not sure about No Time to Die and Greenland is a no from me.
regularmovieguy - 9/7/2020, 5:14 AM

We didn’t get No Time To Die ... unfortunately. I’m [frick]ing hyped for that movie.

We got Black Widow, The King's Man, Dune, and WW1984.
TheUnworthyThor - 9/7/2020, 4:55 AM
Well don’t have much confidence of anything else big opening any time soon now.
TheWalkingCuban - 9/7/2020, 5:00 AM
@TheUnworthyThor - Yeah the Grand Canyon park rangers were watching this like a hawk. A majestic one.
TheWalkingCuban - 9/7/2020, 4:56 AM
Of his movies I love TDK and Inception. Never expected to love

New Mutants anyway. At least Boone’s Tenet is better than that
hot gahbidge

DoubleD - 9/7/2020, 4:56 AM
Tenet 250 Million total is my prediction. Audiences aren't just not showing up.
LameLuka - 9/7/2020, 5:15 AM
@DoubleD - well they showed up to push it to 150 milion. And it still has not opened in 24 other markets yet.
DoubleD - 9/7/2020, 5:20 AM
@LameLuka - Sticking with 250.
Chewtoy - 9/7/2020, 4:56 AM
I’m kind of expecting big drops for theatrical 2nd weekends here in the U.S.... it’s not as if opening weekends are selling out so there’s no reason to wait for crowds to die down, and with hesitation to return to theaters still being a thing, I feel like those first weekends burn through most of the audience that had a strong enough desire to go out to see the films.

We’ll see how Tenet plays out... the flip side is that with no other big releases confirmed to open soon it could have legs as the main option for weeks, but I’m still leaning towards quick drops.
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