‘Tenet’ $53 Million Opening Gives Theater Owners Hope, Plus 3 More Takeaways From This Weekend’s Box Office

Warner Bros said the film’s performance exceeded expectations given the constraints

Director Christopher Nolan has been a champion of movie theaters, vowing to use his latest film, “Tenet,” to help them in the midst of a pandemic-fueled crisis. Based on this weekend’s numbers, it’s mission accomplished.

Despite constraints such as capacity restrictions and other social distancing measures, “Tenet” grossed $53 million this weekend from 41 countries. That includes a $7.1 million opening in the U.K. and personal opening weekend records for Nolan in nine countries.

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jeremyfuster