Box Office: like Tenet, industry survives on the oxygen of hope

The figures remain grim even though Tenet and The 800 have delivered some excitement to industry hearts heavy since March.

The great tentpole hope Tenet made $1.609m at the box office this weekend, down from $2.5m last weekend, officially down 35% so it has now taken $6.527m altogether. This is a bit surprising because social distancing means that cinemas must be full at around half capacity, so we would expect the demand to dissolve away more slowly.

In the US, Tenet has made around $25m with an international total of $180m or so. With 35% of US cinemas still shut, the local figures are way down on the expected $62m under normal circumstances. Fair but not definitive says the New York Times. It also made $38m in China which is not fantastic. It has been beaten by The 800, now in its third week, though that picture is a smash hit on its home terrain. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.