Robert Pattinson and John David Washington in Tenet
Robert Pattinson and John David Washington in Tenet Image Credit: Warner Bros.

As Hollywood aims to relaunch moviegoing worldwide, Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated ‘Tenet’ earned more than $53 million in its opening weekend across 41 international markets (including 32 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa) on over 20,000 screens.

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The result was the biggest opening for the director in nine countries including Holland, Ukraine and Hungary, the biggest industry opening in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with $1.47 million and the second-biggest Hollywood film opening in Estonia, where the film was partially shot, with $340,000 grossed over the weekend.

Nolan’s film, out in UAE cinemas, represents the first blockbuster hopeful to be released during the COVID-19 global pandemic, and its performance will be closely watched by the industry.

‘Tenet’ opened in Canada over the weekend, but domestic numbers were not immediately available. The sci-fi mind-bender begins US sneak preview screenings Monday night, in areas where indoor theaters are open, ahead of an official opening on Thursday for Labor Day weekend.

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After numerous release-date delays and savage reviews, 20th Century Studios’ ‘The New Mutants’, a spinoff of the long-running ‘X-Men’ franchise, opened to $7 million in 2,412 locations this weekend, which was enough to top the domestic box office. It added $2.9 million in 10 international territories for a global debut of $9.9 million, according to estimates from Comscore. Disney inherited the film in its takeover of 20th Century Fox.

‘New Mutants’, out in UAE on September 10, earned a 32 per cent “rotten” rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.