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Tenet’s domestic haul soars to a paltry $ 36 million as the US box office continues to disappoint

Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Tenet, came out on top at the US box office this weekend with a new grossing of $ 4.7 million as domestic releases continued to see disappointing revenues.

Second place was taken by Disney’s X-Men horror spin-off The New Mutants, which grossed $ 1.6 million this weekend, according to Deadline.

Box office will likely be even more anemic throughout fall, as no more major studio releases are scheduled until October 23.

Bag Change: Christopher Nolan's Tenet made just $ 4.7 million at the domestic box office for a disappointing domestic total of $ 36 million in the run-up to an anemic fall movie season, according to Deadline; still from Tenet

Bag Change: Christopher Nolan’s Tenet made just $ 4.7 million at the domestic box office for a disappointing domestic total of $ 36 million in the run-up to an anemic fall movie season, according to Deadline; still from Tenet

Currently, only three-quarters of US cinemas are active, but Americans are not rushing back in large numbers due to fears of a pandemic for the coronavirus, even though major releases like Tenet have hit theaters before online.

Tenet’s $ 4.7 million catch came from nearly 2,930 locations.

Other recurring films behind The New Mutants in second place were the Russell Crowe-starring Unhinged, which made $ 1.3 million, and the Sony rom-com The Broken Hearts Gallery, which earned just $ 800,000 in its second weekend. brought in.

Newcomer Infidel, starring Jim Caviezel in The Passion Of The Christ, came in third with a disappointing $ 1.5 million from just over 1,700 theaters.

Weakness: Tenet led the box office in its third weekend with 2,930 venues showing, but major theaters in LA and NY are still closed; still from Tenet

Weakness: Tenet led the box office in its third weekend with 2,930 venues showing, but major theaters in LA and NY are still closed; still from Tenet

Weakness: Tenet led the box office in its third weekend with 2,930 venues showing, but major theaters in LA and NY are still closed; still from Tenet

Second Best: The Disney / 20th Century Studios movie The New Mutants returned for its fourth week with a revenue of $ 1.6 million, placing it in second place; still from The New Mutants

Second Best: The Disney / 20th Century Studios movie The New Mutants returned for its fourth week with a revenue of $ 1.6 million, placing it in second place; still from The New Mutants

Second Best: The Disney / 20th Century Studios movie The New Mutants returned for its fourth week with a revenue of $ 1.6 million, placing it in second place; still from The New Mutants

Fans of adult dramas had the option to watch IFC’s The Nest, starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon, while thriller fans could watch Bleecker Street’s The Secrets We Keep, starring Noomi Rapace and Joel Kinnaman, but neither movies made much more than $ 200 per theater.

The Nest made about $ 62,000 in 301 theaters, while The Secrets We Keep raised less than $ 90,000 at 471 locations.

“There is no doubt that this is an extremely challenging market, especially for North America,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. This is a slow rollout. It’s gonna take a while. ‘

Theaters in the US haven’t seen the throngs of customers they hoped for after being open for about a month, and the current releases may have even damaged their reputation.

Options: Fans of adult dramas had the option to watch IFC's The Nest, starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon, although it only made about $ 200 per location; still from The Nest

Options: Fans of adult dramas had the option to watch IFC's The Nest, starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon, although it only made about $ 200 per location; still from The Nest

Options: Fans of adult dramas had the option to watch IFC’s The Nest, starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon, although it only made about $ 200 per location; still from The Nest

Worse, some theaters have opened specifically to show Tenet, but disappointing ticket sales have left many of them at a loss, according to IndieWire; still from Tenet

Worse, some theaters have opened specifically to show Tenet, but disappointing ticket sales have left many of them at a loss, according to IndieWire; still from Tenet

Even worse, some theaters opened specifically to show Tenet, but disappointing ticket sales have left many of them at a loss, according to IndieWire; still from Tenet

Some theaters have opened specifically to show Tenet, but disappointing ticket sales have left many of them at a loss, according to IndieWire.

Some of those theaters would have been in a better financial position if they had stayed closed longer to keep their expenses as low as possible.

What also hurts Tenet, which is likely to lose money, is the lack of open indoor theaters in New York and Los Angeles.

Tenet’s best market was in neighboring Orange County, suggesting that the film could yield significantly more if those large markets are open.

The next major release in the US won’t be until October 23 with 20th Century Studios / Disney’s Agatha Christie mystery Death on the Nile, starring Marvel’s Scarlett Johansson – starring Black Widow following November 6.

In the distance: The fall schedule is largely bare until Death On The Nile on October 23 and the November 6 premiere of the Marvel movie Black Widow

In the distance: The fall schedule is largely bare until Death On The Nile on October 23 and the November 6 premiere of the Marvel movie Black Widow

In the distance: The fall schedule is largely bare until Death On The Nile on October 23 and the November 6 premiere of the Marvel movie Black Widow

It’s normal that we’ll see release date changes for many movies, ‘Dergarabedian continued. “It’s a very unpredictable market.”

Globally, Tenet also hit an important milestone this weekend – the $ 250 million mark.

That’s in contrast to Disney’s live-action Mulan, which has turned out to be a disappointment.

After a weak debut in China last week, Mulan fell a staggering 72 percent on his second weekend, after local audiences criticized it for being ‘inauthentic’.

The film added $ 6.5 million in China and $ 10.9 million in total, bringing the international total to $ 57 million.

The $ 200 million production should be a massive worldwide theatrical release in March and The Walt Disney Co. revised its plans several times before settling for a hybrid release, where people who already pay for a Disney + subscription can rent it for $ 30.

They expected more: Disney’s live-action Mulan was a disappointment after Chinese sales fell 72 percent after viewers criticized it for being “not authentic”; still from Mulan

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