It’s official: ‘Tenet’ is a box office bomb The internet's buzziest summer blockbuster fails to deliver in the U.S. amid COVID-19. For now, the filmmaker appears to be at peace with the role that Tenet has played at the global box office, and fairly confident that 2020 will not be the year that spells the death of cinemas. Director Christopher Nolan is defending the theatrical release of his spy thriller “Tenet” during the pandemic, shrugging off a growing consensus in Hollywood that the gambit was a bad idea. Why Tenet can't save the box office, and what that means for Hollywood. Sep 14, 2020, 6:35 am* Tenet only opened in 2,910 theaters, or approximately 65% of total cinemas, most of which are only operating at 25-40% capacity, which partially explains the disappointing box office (via Variety.) Under normal circumstances, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet was a virtual lock for a $500 million-plus run at the box office. In early September, the highly-anticipated Tenet became the first major tentpole to brave a theatrical release amid the coronavirus pandemic. Box Office But Should Be a Hit on Demand By Brandon Katz • 11/10/20 7:00am How Tenet can recoup some of its losses with robust digital sales. By Tyler Aquilina. The espionage thriller film has clocked an opening weekend collection of Rs 4.25 crore in the country according to trade website Box Office India, and is expected to finish at around Rs 10 crore. September 16, 2020 at 05:35 PM EDT Advertisement. Most Viewed Stories. ‘Tenet’ Struggled at the U.S. The underwhelming box office performance of Christopher Nolan's Tenet led to Warner Bros.' new 2021 streaming release strategy. Save … Nolan Is ‘Thrilled’ With Tenet’s Box Office, Actually. Tenet Box Office: Crosses The10 Crore Mark After Two Weeks, Surpasses Angrezi Medium(Pic credit – Imdb ) The last film to release in the pre-COVID era … Tenet reportedly is expected to do lifetime business of Rs 15 crore in India. Tenet grossed $20.2 million its opening weekend in the United States, although WB has been hesitant to release more specific domestic numbers.