Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” was moved many times, got a lot of publicity for it, and then finally opened where it could in the U.S.
The result is a total of $36 million, which ain’t so good for a $200-$250 million film.
Around the world, including the U.S., “Tenet” has crossed the $250 million line. So it just needs another $200 million to break even.
Exhibitor Relations points out that in this country. “Tenet” has played best at drive-ins. And four of the top 5 locales are in California. One is in Washington, DC, where it stays warmer a little longer.
“Tenet” should get a lot of awards attention below the line, in all the technical categories. It’s certainly a possible Best Picture nominee.
Granted, there’s not much playing right now. “The New Mutants” is a bust. A few indie films are knocking around, but really people are staying out of theaters. As for drive-ins, it will all depend on weather, and weather or not you want to sit in a car with the heater on.
On the flip side, “Infidel,” starring Jim Caviezel, made just $1.5 million in wide release. It’s produced by the formerly incarcerated ex federal felon right wing nut Dinesh D’Souza, who was recently pardoned by Donald Trump. “Infidel” is a dud, and I wouldn’t recommend giving money to the cause in any event. Caviezel was Jesus in Mel Gibson’s “Passion of Christ” and was in a CBS TV series called “Person of Interest” that I wasn’t interested in.