Monday, June 17, 2024

Warner Bros.’ “Tenet” Makes $250 Mil Worldwide, Just $36 Mil in the US, Top Areas Are California Drive-Ins


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.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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