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Christopher Nolan “thrilled” with Tenet’s box office performance

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Christopher Nolan “thrilled” with Tenet’s box office performance
November 4, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

Christopher Nolan’s TENET found itself being the guinea pig to test the waters of moviegoers returning to movie theaters again in the wake of the pandemic. A lot of pressure was put on the film to perform well, even with key box office markets like Los Angeles and New York City being out of play and locations running at limited capacity. When TENET opened, the film’s first-weekend box office numbers were mostly seen as a positive sign but in the subsequent weeks, the film fell sharply on the domestic front and it appeared the Warner Bros. gamble didn’t pay off. Christopher Nolan is finally speaking out about the box office performance of TENET and, maybe because the film has actually performed reasonably well overseas, the director is “thrilled” by the performance of the film so far.

Nolan was speaking with the “Los Angeles Times” and the director said, “Warner Bros. released TENET and I’m thrilled that it has made $350 million.”  Even though the director seems pleased with the film’s numbers, he is concerned that other major studios might be viewing its performance in this new age of the pandemic from the wrong angle:

“Rather than looking at where the film has worked well and how that can provide them with much needed revenue, they’re looking at where it hasn’t lived up to pre-COVID expectations and will start using that as an excuse to make exhibition take all the losses from the pandemic instead of getting in the game and adapting, or rebuilding our business, in other words.”

Nolan is probably the biggest cheerleader of traditional exhibition and moviegoing. He makes all of his films for the theatrical experience so it comes as no surprise that he’s continuing to rally for them. I’ve seen many headlines about TENET’S box office and most of them have been negative in regards to its domestic take, which currently stands at $53.8 million. That normal isn’t ideal for a $200 million film but, we are in the middle of a very unprecedented time and the film’s overseas take has made up a lot of ground. Does the film likely need more to break even? That could very well be true, but the film is doing as well as it could probably do with so many obstacles against it. I agree with Nolan. Studios may need to adapt to this new normal instead of fleeing from exhibitors entirely like they mostly have during 2020 as COVID-19 crippled the industry.

Back when the pandemic caused movie theaters to shut down in March, Nolan penned an op-ed in the Washington Post where he made his stance on movie theaters very clear by saying they are “a vital part of social life” that are worth preserving. Nolan doubled down on that notion during the “L.A. Times” interview by saying “Long term, moviegoing is a part of life, like restaurants and everything else, but right now, everybody has to adapt to a new reality.”

What are YOUR thoughts on TENET’S box office performance? Do YOU agree with Nolan that studios need to adapt to the new normal?

Source:
Los Angeles Times

AMC & Cinemark Renting out their Theaters for Just $99 per screen!

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AMC & Cinemark Renting out their Theaters for Just $99 per screen!
October 18, 2020 by: Mike Catalano

Who wants to go to the movie theater?! Yes, I know that isn’t exactly something we’ve been hearing much of lately. It sucks because theaters are now on the verge of going out of business. HOWEVER, to offset these 6-feet-apart times, AMC and Cinemark have come up with a very cool idea:

In an effort to get more people in theater locations, the theaters announced they will offer private movie showings for $99 for up to 20 people. This special-edition offer is available in almost all states and Washington, D.C. It features past movie classics such as HOCUS POCUS, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL, JURASSIC PARK and MONSTERS INC. A number of current movies, including TENET and Oscar-frontrunner (kidding) THE WAR WITH GRANDPA are also available starting at $149 plus tax. Food can be catered for an additional fee of $250.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m into this! What do you guys think?! Let us know below!

Movie theaters reducing hours or closing numerous days due to the pandemic

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Movie theaters reducing hours or closing numerous days due to the pandemic
September 30, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

Ever since movie theaters reopened, it has been an uphill battle for exhibitors as they do what they can to stay afloat during the global pandemic. What these exhibitors need is content and with many huge releases making a jump to other dates after 2020, many theater locations are moving towards reduced hours and some are even shutting their doors for multiple days during the week.

Many exhibitors, including AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas, and Cinemark, the country's three largest chains, are beginning to limit the number of showtimes, as are scores of other chains and independent houses in order to reduce costs. Other locations, including Cinemark and Marcus Theatres, are going further and closing a small number of their cinemas on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. About 15 or so Marcus theaters and a dozen or so Cinemark sites in smaller or relatively quiet markets have been impacted. Whether other companies follow suit remains to be seen. A Cinemark spokesman had this to say about the reduced hours:

"Cinemark's reopening plan was thoughtfully and strategically designed with multiple contingencies in place to ensure we are able to be nimble and react as needed to the ever-changing environment. That said, we will evaluate opportunities to align with demand, including reducing operating hours while we await new studio content to encourage theatrical moviegoing."                                                                                                                        

The biggest dilemma for exhibitors right now is the lack of new content. There is nothing new hitting screens until November 20, 2020, when NO TIME TO DIE and Pixar's SOUL attempt to brave the new box office climate. Theaters reopened where they were allowed in time for Christopher Nolan's TENET, which opened over Labor Day weekend. However, without New York and Los Angeles in play, the $200 million event film has struggled, grossing $41 million domestically through September 27, 2020. Exhibitors had hoped that MULAN would follow TENET, but that tentpole was sent straight to Disney+ at a premium price in the U.S. over the Labor Day frame and it's a move that reportedly paid off for the Mouse House. Since these release changes, WONDER WOMAN 1984  vacated its October 2, 2020, date and shifted to Christmas Day while Marvel's BLACK WIDOW was moved off of November 6, 2020, to May 2021.

According to Comscore, there were 3,453 out of roughly 6,000 North American theaters back in operation over the weekend of September 18-20, as more jurisdictions allowed moviegoing. As of now, that number has been reduced to 3,350. Some exhibitors are optimistic that cinemas in Los Angeles may be allowed to reopen in the coming weeks with the same going for New York City. These two locations make up the two biggest box office markets in the States and having them open will definitely give the box office a boost.

Do YOU think 2020 moviegoing is a lost cause at this point? How have YOU movie theater experiences been since they reopened?

Source:
Hollywood Reporter

Weekend Box Office Report: Tenet is still lounging on top!

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Weekend Box Office Report: Tenet is still lounging on top!
September 27, 2020 by: Dave Davis

Tenet is still lounging on top!

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan‘s twisty espionage epic TENET once again sat in first place at the overall minimal box office with an estimated $3.4 million for the weekend.

The PG-13 sci-fi thriller is now up to a domestic total of $41.2 million after four weeks on North American screens. It’s cruising along with much bigger business overseas, now up to a worldwide total of $283 million.

The $200 million Warner Bros. movie, starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki, doesn’t look like it will have any big-league comeptition for many weeks. As expected, Disney has pushed Marvel’s BLACK WIDOW from November 6 out to May 2021, and Kenneth Branagh‘s ensemble murder mystery DEATH ON THE NILE has floated from October 23 to December 18. If the current schedule holds, TENET will have nearly two months to keep scraping up cash before the James Bond movie NO TIME TO DIE hits on November 20 date.

The PG-13 mutant spinoff THE NEW MUTANTS remained in second place with $1.1 million for a domestic total of $19.4 million on its fifth weekend. Director Josh Boone‘s horror-flavored entry in the X-MEN franchise has the same amount from overseas audiences for a worldwide total of $38.8 million.

In third place was the Russell Crowe thriller UNHINGED with $1 million, bringing the R-rated road-rage terror to a domstic total of $17.1 million and a worldwide total of $26.2 million (on a reported cost of $33 million).

Opening in fourth place was BREAK THE SILENCE: THE MOVIE with $980,000 for the weekend. The documentary about K-pop superstars BTS has a current worldwide total of $5.3 million.

The 1980 sequel STAR WARS: EPISODE V — THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Force-pushed its way onto 2100 screens this weekend, because… well, why the hell not at this point.

The movie’s reappearance settled into fifth place and added another $908,000 to its running total, which now puts it at a domestic figure of $291.1 million (not adjusted for inflation) including its original release and the 1997 big-screen Special Edition reissue.

In sixth place was the Jim Caviezel political thriller INFIDEL with $745,000 for a ten-day total of $2.6 million. The Dacre Montgomery/Geraldine Viswanathan romantic comedy THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY followed in seventh place with $470,000 for the weekend, which takes it to $3.2 million after three weeks.

The low-budget monster movie SHORTCUT was released on 725 screens this weekend. The R-rated horror-thriller, about a stranded bus full of students menaced by a lethal creature, grabbed $305,000 for its debut.

Willing movigoers got a rare opportunity to see Neo-Tokyo explode on a big screen this weekend as another sci-fi classic went racing onto 440 locations with the 4K release of the 1988 anime AKIRA.

Adapted from his popular manga series, Katsuhiro Otomo’s R-rated futuristic story of teen motorcycle gangs and psychic mayhem collected $270,000 for the weekend.

The fast-food comedy THE LAST SHIFT and the Evan Rachel Wood/Gina Rodriguez drama KAJILLIONAIRE were also new to screens this weekend, making $235k and $215k respectively.

While Disney+ subscribers can check out the live-action remake of MULAN (for an extra $30), Disney’s $200 million update of the legendary tale has been making its way to screens around the world and has caught $64.4 million worldwide so far.

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Tenet
$3.4 M
$41.2 M

2.
The New Mutants
$1.1 M
$19.4 M

3.
Unhinged
$1 M
$17.1 M

4.
Break the Silence
$0.98 M
NEW

5.
The Empire Strikes Back
$0.908 M
$291.1 M

6.
Infidel
$0.745 M
$2.6 M

7.
The Broken Hearts Gallery
$0.47 M
$3.2 M

8.
Shortcut
$0.305 M
NEW

9.
Akira
$0.27 M
NEW

10.
The Last Shift
$0.235 M
NEW

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Source:
Deadline

John David Washington hopes Tenet gets a sequel

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John David Washington hopes Tenet gets a sequel
September 22, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

TENET has been open since September 3 and while it has faced a bit of an uphill battle at the U.S. box office due to theaters being open at limited capacity and, in some markets, not being open at all, the $200 million film has done solid business overseas and has topped $250 million worldwide. Those kinds of numbers could warrant some sequel talk and the film’s star, John David Washington, is hopeful that we’ll all got to explore the TENET universe once again.

In a new interview with “Esquire“, John David Washington talked about his experience making TENET and working with director Christopher Nolan. There has been some fan speculation that a sequel could be possible based on what they have seen and this speculation about a potential part 2 is what Washington would like to explore:

“In my mind, that’s a yes! We will be doing this again, we’ll see you in a couple of years. In reality, I don’t know. Chris does what he wants. Maybe he has something that he’s developed for years that he wants to do next, maybe he’s been inspired by something else he sees and wants to do that, I don’t know. I hope we get to do it again, I hope we get to explore more, because I think we found something really unique.”

I have yet to see TENET but from talking to people that have, they believe there is a possibility for a sequel that could be explored. At the end of the day, this would all come down to Christopher Nolan. I’m sure a creative mind such as his has a lot of ideas cooking up in his brain and a sequel to TENET may not be on the menu next. That being said, this is a world he created and it’s his own original idea so he may like the idea of exploring the world further in a future film.

TENET has had a bit of a rough go of it in the States with a current running total of $36.1 million after three weeks of release. This is more than likely due to the pandemic and how it has turned moviegoing upside down but some social media chatter also suggests that the film just isn’t for everyone and isn’t exactly the event film that was necessary to get people back to the movies. I know people that have LOVED TENET and then I know others who thought it was confusing, entirely too long, and a tad self-indulgent. This kind of mixed word of mouth could be preventing it from doing a tad better domestically and that has to make you wonder if Warner Bros. and the general moviegoing public will think it’s worth it to explore more of this story in a sequel.

Would YOU like to see a sequel to TENET? 

Source:
Esquire

Disney weighing release date shift for Marvel’s Black Widow and Pixar’s Soul

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Disney weighing release date shift for Marvel’s Black Widow and Pixar’s Soul
September 15, 2020 by: Steve Seigh

While film studios and exhibitors are hoping to coax moviegoers back into theaters by finally releasing movies like Christopher Nolan‘s TENET, the fact remains that the majority of audiences still aren’t ready to return to cinemas. If you want proof, simply look at the domestic box office returns for TENET, which have the tentpole spectacle making just $6.7M during its second stateside weekend. If you want to point a finger, maybe swing that digit in the direction of New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, who at this time have yet to give theaters the green light to reopen.

Due to this grim reality, we’re now hearing that Disney is thinking about weaving a different theatrical release date for Marvel’s BLACK WIDOW. The superhero actioner was most recently expected to open in theaters on Nov. 6, but there’s a good chance that could change. One date that’s being floated as a potential replacement is Feb. 12, the day that Marvel’s THE ETERNALS was supposed to open. Yeah, we’re that far behind the curve. Damn you, COVID-19. You ruin everything!

RELATED: Black Widow director says the torch will pass from Scarlett to Florence Pugh

There’s also chatter about whether or not Pixar’s next soul-crushing feature SOUL will go to Disney+. Word has it that there’s no definitive answer for that just yet, so fans and theater owners will simply have to wait, I suppose. One problem with releasing SOUL on Disney+ is that data for the streamer’s earnings is hard to come by. Take the DIsney+ release of MULAN for example. While the film grossed $37.6M overseas, and $23.2M from a No. 1 spot in China, we still don’t know how the movie performed on Disney+. Without this information, it’s difficult to say for sure whether releasing high-profile films on the platform has paid out for the House of Mouse.

Where are you at with returning to theaters as they stand today? Would you be willing to brave a community-viewing experience for BLACK WIDOW or SOUL? Let us know in the comments section down below.

Source:
Deadline

Rival studios upset that Warner Bros. isn’t sharing Tenet box office data

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Rival studios upset that Warner Bros. isn’t sharing Tenet box office data
September 14, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

TENET crossed $200 million at the global box office over the weekend, despite slipping a massive 66.8% in its second weekend to $6.7 million. Even though it looks like there is transparency in the box office reporting, rival studios are noticing that Warner Bros. isn’t being completely upfront in regards to the data and they are not happy about it.

Since TENET premiered, Warner Bros. has parceled out carefully selected breadcrumbs of data to reporters and rival studios. Traditionally, studios share box office information on a daily basis but this hasn’t been the case with TENET. Although TENET opened on September 3, Warner Bros. waited until Sunday, September 6 to officially announce opening weekend grosses and there was no reporting of its Friday numbers on Saturday which is usually the case in a traditional box office climate.

Apparently, Warner Bros. was concerned that reporters and rivals would misinterpret or unfairly analyze the results & spread headlines that TENET flopped on its opening weekend. Warner Bros. urged journalists to provide context by noting that ticket sales would automatically be lower than normal given the fact that theaters in major markets like New York and Los Angeles aren’t open and cinemas that have reopened have done so at reduced capacity.

Rival studios are closely watching TENET as a test to see if people would go to the movies during the pandemic & this is why they want Warner Bros. to be upfront with the results for the film because they need to use it as a gage for their tentpole releases that are on deck. Rival studios want TENET to succeed but insiders say given the importance of the movie theater business, Hollywood executives at other studios have privately complained about the lack of transparency, particularly not reporting daily grosses for the film.

Essentially not having access to box office hourlies in real-time prevents distribution executives from doing their job and providing their filmmakers and top executives with the health or lack thereof in the marketplace. If they can’t drill down and see how theaters in Chicago or Detroit are doing, how can they decide whether it’s good or bad to release a movie right now? A part of that uncertainty is likely why WONDER WOMAN 1984 recently shifted off its October release to Christmas Day. Warner Bros., the studio that also released TENET, likely saw the risk of releasing an expensive tentpole when some of these big markets aren’t in play and decided they didn’t want to gamble on releasing the DC Comics’ sequel until these larger markets reopened. 

In normal times, executives that are involved in distributing films get access to grosses by the hour. Studios work with the research company Rentrak and its parent corporation Comscore to report daily numbers and publish box office charts each weekend. According to “Variety“, Rentrak had to get permission from major studio heads before concealing daily numbers for TENET. They did it on opening weekend as a courtesy since it is unprecedented to release a film of this size in this climate but now studios are worried this will be a habit & other studios might start concealing numbers as well and that is something they don’t want. Sony Pictures pulled a similar move with THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY and decided to shield its daily performance and this is the very thing other studios are afraid of.

Do YOU think Warner Bros. and other studios should be more transparent about how their movies are actually performing?

Source:
DeadlineVariety

Weekend Box Office Report: Tenet keeps trying to attract eyes!

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Weekend Box Office Report: Tenet keeps trying to attract eyes!
September 13, 2020 by: Dave Davis

Moviegoers make time for Tenet!

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan‘s globetrotting thriller TENET remained the only major offering for audiences seeking an escape to theaters (or drive-ins), topping a second weekend with an estimated $6.7 million.

Warner Bros. is being cagey about financial information and hasn’t been releasing traditional daily box office figures — it seems that last weekend’s $20.2 million domestic total included its previous week only in Canadian theaters, and the actual three-day opening weekend in North America was closer to $9.5 million.

This means that technically, TENET’s second domestic weekend only dropped by 29% since it premiered on US screens. The PG-13 sci-fi espionage tale (originally planned for July 17) is now on 2900 screens in North America, and has a domestic total of $29.5 million.

Nolan’s $200 million time-tampering tech epic is receiving a stronger response overseas, giving the high-profile release a worldwide total of $207 million (which includes $23 million from IMAX showings).

Given the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions for theaters (and life in general), TENET’s performance may not have been the anticipated confidence boost after all — Warner Bros. has moved superhero sequel WONDER WOMAN 1984 from October 2nd to a new Christmas Day release. Since that’s only a week after the studio’s expensive space saga DUNE is set to land on screens, we can probably expect one of those to shift.

The Disney-released Fox acquisition THE NEW MUTANTS was again in second place with $2.1 million on its third weekend in theaters after its painfully long delay before release.

Director Josh Boone‘s horror-themed X-MEN spinoff has a domestic total of $15.3 million and close to $30 million worldwide (on a cost rumored to be as high as $80 million).

The R-rated Russell Crowe thriller UNHINGED was in third place with $1.5 million on its fifth weekend in release. The $33 million road rage movie has a domestic total of $13.8 million and $22 million worldwide.

Sony released their PG-13 romance THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY onto 2200 screens this weekend and opened with an estimated $1.12 million.

Set in New York (ironically, where cinemas are currently still closed), the comedy-drama starring Geraldine Viswanathan (BLOCKERS) and Dacre Montgomery (of Netflix’s “Stranger Things”) cost a reported $8 million.

Teen romantic drama AFTER WE COLLIDED was released on nearly 300 screens in Canada over the weekend and generated $525,000. Adapted from Anna Todd’s young-adult novel, the sequel to last year’s AFTER also has a fairly impressive worldwide total of $21 million. The movie is set for a simultanteous theatrical/VOD release in the US on October 23.

The remainder of the available cinema/drive-in options included PG-13 sequel BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC with another $265,000 for a domestic total of $2.78 million while it keeps rocking the VOD charts. The PG-13 teen drama WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS is now at nearly $2 million in total, and the Dickens adaptation THE PERSONAL LIFE OF DAVID COPPERFIELD has collected $1.4 million over three weeks.

Disney’s period adventure of MULAN appeared to have strong results from its $29.99 release onto the studio’s Disney+ streaming platform, which saw a download spike of 68% for the app after the live-action remake became available for Premier Access on September 4 (the movie can be viewed at no extra cost to regular subscribers on December 4). 

However, the PG-13 update of the legendary story didn’t make much of an impression upon release in China, where the $200 million release posted $23.2 million over its first weekend. 

As for the future of major releases, CANDYMAN has also bounced from its planned October 16 date to some time in 2021. At the moment, DEATH ON THE NILE (October 23), BLACK WIDOW (November 6) and NO TIME TO DIE (November 20) are still holding firm. For now…

What is your favorite movie directed by Paul Verhoeven? VOTE HERE!

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Tenet
$6.7 M
$29.5 M

2.
The New Mutants
$2.1 M
$15.3 M

3.
Unhinged
$1.5 M
$13.8 M

4.
The Broken Hearts Gallery
$1.12 M
NEW

5.
After We Collided
$0.525 M
NEW

6.
Bill & Ted Face the Music
$0.265 M
$2.78 M

7.
Words on Bathroom Walls
$0.241 M
$1.95 M

8.
The Personal History of David Copperfield
$0.193 M
$1.4 M

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Sony Pictures won’t release big films in theaters until pandemic is over

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Sony Pictures won’t release big films in theaters until pandemic is over
September 11, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

Movie theaters have begun to open gradually after being shuttered due to the pandemic and studios like Warner Bros. have taken a gamble on expensive films like TENET by releasing them into a marketplace where not all of the significant box office markets are open (i.e. Los Angeles and New York). Even though some studios are taking the risk, Sony Pictures is saying they will not release their expensive films in theaters until the pandemic is over or at least until things get back to being close to normal.

The news comes directly from Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman Tony Vinciquerra who was recently a guest at Bank of America’s 2020 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference. During the conference, Vinciquerra addressed the notion of releasing blockbusters in the current marketplace, since theaters have been reopening in the U.S. and throughout much of the world. Based on his words, if things aren’t normal by the time films like MORBIUS, VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE or GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE are set to hit screens, expect more delays in the future:

“What we won’t do is make the mistake of putting a very, very expensive $200 million movie out in the market unless we’re sure that theaters are open and operating at significant capacity.”

While theaters are reopening there are quite a few stipulations in place while the pandemic is very much active. For one, most theaters are operating at a significantly reduced capacity, in most cases at about 25 percent. This is supposed to increase in the months ahead but the pandemic is so unpredictable that it’s really hard to say in they’ll stick to that plan. Also, while TENET pulled in a decent $20.2 million in this current climate, it’s a far cry from the numbers it could be pulling in. Sony Pictures has a lineup of expensive tentpoles on the way and some of them were pushed off the summer calendar into 2021 to ensure that theaters would be in a place to safely house them. With only a few months left in the year, things don’t seem like they’re going 100 percent back to normal soon and Sony is aware that these new dates are even tentative and that distribution will change, even as things go back to normal:

“You’ll see a lot of strange things happen over the next six months in how films are released, how they’re scheduled, how they’re marketed, but once we get back to normal, we will have learned a lot I think and found ways to do things that are somewhat different and hopefully better.”

A part of me likes that Sony Pictures is being transparent. I feel like some of the other studios are trying to be cautiously naive seeing how things go as release dates draw closer. I actually like knowing a studio won’t risk releasing a $200 million tentpole film into the marketplace so I don’t get my hopes up that it just MIGHT happen. 

Do YOU think Sony Pictures is right to not release their expensive films into theaters until things go back to normal in the marketplace? 

Source:
The Wrap

Wonder Woman 1984 may be pushed to a Christmas 2020 release

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Wonder Woman 1984 may be pushed to a Christmas 2020 release
September 9, 2020 by: Steve Seigh

Warner Bros is adamant in putting WONDER WOMAN 1984 on the big screen but they are not going to play fast and loose with potential box office results. While the original summer tentpole moved to Thanksgiving, WB may be pondering another shift. Rumors suggest WONDER WOMAN 1984 may become a Christmas 2020 blockbuster assuming theaters remain open and audiences are willing to brave cold weather, flu season, and packed houses to see Gal Gadot strut her stuff opposite Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal.

The reason for the potential shift is due to a couple of key factors. To begin with, theaters in major areas such as New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco still aren’t open. Without these locations printing tickets and hocking snacks, the warrior princess stands to lose a significant chunk of her box office earnings. This is obviously a no-go for Warner Bros., especially after delaying the film in the hope that theaters would rise like a mighty phoenix later in the year. Things being what they are, it now sounds as if WONDER WOMAN 1984 could open sometime in November or maybe December. Should the film be bumped to December, there’s a chance that Legendary’s DUNE could be delayed until sometime in 2021. This after dropping an incredible trailer for Denis Villeneuve‘s latest sci-fi opus earlier today.

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Another reason that WONDER WOMAN 1984 could be pushed is Christopher Nolan‘s TENET. While the film performed admirably during its opening weekend, the TENET still needs to perform like gangbusters in areas where it has yet to screen if it’s to be labeled a box office success. According to sources, theaters in New York and Los Angeles won’t open until early October/late September, meaning that TENT won’t have the chance to recoup its losses until then. In short, if WONDER WOMAN 1984 is in theaters at the same time as TENET, one can draw attention (and money) away from the other. This is bad news bears for all involved and something is going to have to give if both films are to become a success.

From what I’ve read, it sounds like theater owners have been bracing themselves for another delay of WONDER WOMAN 1984. While the shifts in release dates are undoubtedly irksome, WB has yet to announce any plans for releasing the superhero sequel on PVOD or streaming. This provides theater owners with a bit of a cushion because at least they know that they’ll get the movie eventually. Something is better than nothing, right?

With regard to WONDER WOMAN 1984 opening in November, there’s a chance that it could happen, but it’s unlikely. I say this because in order for Diana to make a splash in theaters around Turkey Day, she’d have to square off against Marvel’s BLACK WIDOW (Nov. 6) and MGM’s NO TIME TO DIE (Nov. 20) for the lion’s share of the box office. In all honesty, how would you split that audience? Fans are having a hard enough time convincing themselves that it’s safe to return to theaters and then you offer them three massive releases inside of one window? I don’t think so.

RELATED: Set Visit: We talk Wonder Woman 1984 w/Gal Gadot, Chris Pine & Patty Jenkins

Recently, a Comscore exit poll of Tenet and New Mutants revealed that 95% of audience members over the weekend said they’d definitely or probably tell a friend that it’s great to be back at the theater, while 57% said that it’s great to be back at the movies (with 35% saying that it’s nice, but not the same as pre-COVID). Additionally, 57% said they were aware of their theater’s safety protocols before attending and deemed them safe, while 50% said theater safety protocols were important to coming back to the movies upon their reopening.

Let me get this straight, only 50% thought it was important for theater safety protocols to be in place? You have got to be … Actually, you know what? No. Take a deep breath, man. You’re not going to win this fight.

In reporting on this mess, Deadline has graciously laid out the 2020 wide release schedule:

Sept 11

Broken Hearts Gallery (Tri-Star)

Sept. 25

Greenland (STX)

Oct. 2

????

Oct. 9

Candyman (Universal/MGM)

War With Grandpa (101 Studios)

Oct. 23

Death on the Nile (20th/Disney)

Lord and Miller Connected (Sony)

Oct. 30

Fatale (Lionsgate)

Nov. 6

Black Widow(Disney)

Let Him Go (Focus)

Nov. 13

Universal untitled event film

Deep Water (20th)

Nov. 20

No Time to Die (MGM)

Soul (Disney)

Nov. 25

Voyagers (Lionsgate)

Happiest Season (Sony)

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The Empty Man (20th/Disney)

Dec. 11

Free Guy

Dec. 18

Coming to America 2 (Paramount)

West Side Story (20th/Amblin/Disney)

Dune (Warner Bros/Legendary) — ???

Dec. 23

Croods 2 (Uni/DWA)

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News of the World (Uni)

Dec. 30

Escape Room 2 (Sony)

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Weekend Box Office Report: It’s finally time for Tenet in theaters!

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Weekend Box Office Report: It’s finally time for Tenet in theaters!
September 6, 2020 by: Dave Davis

Christopher Nolan brings business!

One of the year’s most anticipated movies made it to North American theaters this weekend, and moviegoers were clearly prepared to contend with the new theatrical COVID-19 safety protocols as TENET took off with an estimated $20.2 million!

After being pushed from its long-planned July 17 opening, filmmaker Christopher Nolan‘s new thriller arrived at last on 2800 screens in North America (not including some major cities like New York and Los Angeles, which are still locked down). The movie will slowly expand further as cinema availability and safety allows (its current domestic figure includes a modest rollout in Canada last week).

The top-secret Warner Bros. release already started its time-twisting operations in other parts of the globe last weekend, and is already approaching a worldwide box office total of $150 million.

The PG-13 sci-fi espionage story, with John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh and (of course) Michael Caine, cost a reported $200 million.

Critics seem to be a combination of baffled and dazzled by Nolan’s latest, which currently holds an average of 74% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 69 on Metacritic. Flip on over to the JoBlo review HERE.

After a far, far longer delay before its premiere last weekend, THE NEW MUTANTS were in second place with $2.8 million, a drop of 59% from its starting point.

Released by Disney after it devoured Fox, the PG-13 X-MEN spinoff from director Josh Boone has a ten-day domestic total of $11.6 million and around $14.4 million worldwide, on a reported cost of $67 million (but rumored to be as high as $80 million).

Russell Crowe continues angrily cruising around the country with UNHINGED, now on 2400 North American screens for $1.6 million over the weekend and a domestic total of $11.3 million.

The R-rated road rage thriller, which tested the waters of theatrical viability when it started the engines four weeks ago, currently has a worldwide total of $19 million (on a reported cost of $33 million).

The return of our favorite goofball rockers made another $610,000 this weekend with BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC. The PG-13 comedy sequel with Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter now has around $2.2 million from theaters at the same time it’s ruling most major VOD charts.

Elsewhere in theaters, the Dickens adaptation THE PERSONAL LIFE OF DAVID COPPERFIELD collected another $361,000, the animated THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN gabbed another $345,000 from its Canada-only run, and the PG-13 teen melodrama WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS pulled in an additional $282,000 over the weekend.

While no box office figures are currently available, the 2013 biopic of baseball hero Jackie Robinson 42 was also re-released this weekend in honor of the tragic recent passing of star Chadwick Boseman.

Although it’s skipping theaters in North America, Disney’s PG-13 remake of MULAN opened in a handful of international territories for $5.9 million over the weekend.

Directed by Niki Caro (WHALE RIDER), the $200 million live-action update of the 1998 animated feature went directly to the Mouse House’s streaming platform Disney+ on September 4 (at an additional premium cost).

At the moment there aren’t any major big-budget releases on the immediate horizon (Matthew Vaughn‘s KINGSMAN prequel THE KING’S MAN flinched from its September 18 release to next February), but the defibrillating performance of TENET should have the studios and theaters feeling cautiously confident about the current plans for WONDER WOMAN 1984 (October 2), CANDYMAN (October 16), DEATH ON THE NILE (October 23) and BLACK WIDOW (November 6).

The Gerard Butler apocalypse thriller GREENLAND is currently on the calendar for a North American release on September 25.

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MOVIE TITLE
WKND $
TOTAL $

1.
Tenet
$20.2 M
NEW

2.
The New Mutants
$2.8 M
$11.6 M

3.
Unhinged
$1.6 M
$11.3 M

4.
Bill & Ted Face the Music
$0.61 M
$2.26 M

5.
The Personal History of David Copperfield
$0.361 M
$1.02 M

6.
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run
$0.345 M
$3.5 M

7.
Words on Bathroom Walls
$0.282 M
$1.5 M

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Christopher Nolan says his days of directing DC movies are likely over

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Christopher Nolan says his days of directing DC movies are likely over
September 4, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

In a perfect world, Christopher Nolan would direct every DC property because he arguably helped usher in the modern age of the superhero genre with his realistic portrayal of the Caped Crusader in his DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY. Unfortunately, the world is not perfect and the TENET director is saying that his days of directing DC comic book movies are likely over.

In an interview with “Geeks of Color“, Nolan and John David Washington were discussing TENET but near the end of the interview, Washington was asked about the popular fan-casting that has him being the perfect Green Lantern and if he’d ever join the DC universe. Washington deferred to Nolan by saying “ask him” and Nolan, with a laugh, said, “I think my DC days are over.” You check out the interview below:

I guess it is a bit of wishful thinking that Nolan would want to jump on the DC train again. He truly redefined what superhero movies could be with BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT, and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES but Nolan is likely full of original ideas and I’m sure he wants to nurture those before jumping on established IP. His career began with cerebral independent films like MEMENTO before he stepped into studio movies and he’s been one of those rare directors to make event films that also challenge your psyche. Also, even while making studio films, he still managed to indulge in his aspirations. In between BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT, Nolan directed THE PRESTIGE, which is on a much smaller scale than some of the studio films he began to embrace once BATMAN BEGINS became a hit. Another example is between THE DARK KNIGHT and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, he made INTERSTELLAR. That film, despite how massively successful it was, is more in line with the prestige part of his filmmaking skills rather than the mind-bending action that drove INCEPTION or the purely technical and visceral experience that turned DUNKIRK into a hit. Being a “Christopher Nolan” movie is an IP itself and he really doesn’t need to adapt someone else’s material to achieve success. 

Would YOU like to see Nolan take on another DC project or should he stick to his original material.?

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Christopher Nolan wants John David Washington as Green Lantern

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Christopher Nolan wants John David Washington as Green Lantern
September 3, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

Christopher Nolan is throwing in his two cents on who should be the next actor to take on the role of Green Lantern and he’s choosing his TENET actor, John David Washington.

Nolan and Washington have been appearing in virtual interviews to promote TENET, which opens wide this weekend in the U.S. where theaters are allowed to be open, and while Nolan tells “Geeks of Color” his days directing DC films are likely over, he is still interested in seeing Washington becoming Green Lantern on the big screen. When Washington was asked if he would be interested in playing Green Lantern, the actor diverted the question to Nolan, who expressed that Washington “would be an excellent choice” for the Green Lantern role. The interview with Nolan and Washington can be seen below:

HBO Max is currently creating a Green Lantern TV show and if Washington was interested, he’d be back in the HBO family after his run on the show Ballers with Dwayne Johnson. The DCEU is also supposedly working on a GREEN LANTERN CORPS movie as well so Washington has options if the opportunity came his way. The goal for both projects is to revitalize the Green Lantern brand after it was pretty much tarnished by the 2011 GREEN LANTERN film starring Ryan Reynolds. I think John David Washington would be an excellent choice for the John Stewart version of the character and with his star continuing to rise, a superhero franchise could be in the cards for the actor. 

Do YOU think John David Washington would be a good choice to play Green Lantern?

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AMC will have 70% of their locations open for Tenet this weekend

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AMC will have 70% of their locations open for Tenet this weekend
September 2, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

AMC will have about 420 of their 600 locations open this weekend and it’s perfect timing because TENET is set to go wide in the U.S. in markets that have allowed their theaters to reopen. It’s a sizable amount, even with limited capacity but Los Angeles County and New York are still out of play this weekend and they’re two of the biggest box office markets in the States. There is some more good news because New Jersey approved their theaters to reopen at limited capacity and they’re making a mad dash to make sure it’s done before Christopher Nolan‘s latest mind-bending effort officially goes wide.

The number of open locations for AMC Theatres will be about 70 percent. California was entirely out of play the last few weeks but certain cities are off the watch list and have been approved to begin reopening. This includes San Diego which signals the first will return for moviegoing in California. AMC has set Thursday, September 3, 2020, for those 420 locations to be on the grid and this coincides with TENET’S domestic release after an international debut that pulled in a not too shabby $53 million last weekend. Auditorium capacity at AMC will be limited per local regulations with San Diego running at 25 percent capacity when they open their doors. Adam Aron, CEO, and President of AMC Theatres had this to say about AMC’s latest move to open more of their locations:

“The first two weekends of operations have exceeded our expectations in terms of guests returning to the movies and in terms of their feedback about our extensive AMC Safe & Clean policies and procedures. Our comprehensive commitment to operating our theatres safely now includes social distancing through limiting ticket sales and automatic seat blocking, seamless contactless ticketing, greatly enhanced cleaning procedures, the availability of hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes throughout our theatres, as well as a mandatory mask policy for all guests and crew members.”

Theaters in the U.S. have gradually been reopening, beginning two weeks ago with the wide release of Russell Crowe‘s UNHINGED. That film opened to a respectable $4 million and that was with a lot of locations still out of play. THE NEW MUTANTS opened to $7 million over this last weekend and the positive result is that it was an uptick from the $4 million launch of UNHINGED. TENET is bound to keep the increases going and I think it will do so in a sizable way but it will be hard to predict how big the opening weekend will be. TENET is more of an event film than the other two movies which mean more crowds and that could sway some moviegoers away but it could also be a coming home party for others that have missed the communal moviegoing experience. 

AMC is expecting to announce further openings in California and New Jersey soon and I’m sure they’re hoping that Los Angeles becomes a part of that conversation VERY SOON.  Aron also offered further assurance to moviegoers who are planning to visit AMC this weekend or in the coming weeks or months:

“We’re also closely monitoring local and state guidance, and we are complying with any additional capacity restrictions. In addition, we have invested millions for high tech solutions to sanitization and disinfection including electrostatic sprayers, HEPA vacuums and MERV 13 air filters. Guests returning to AMC can do so knowing that we’ve been in constant dialogue with top scientists and experts in public and cleaning about how best to reopen our theatres in ways that will be responsible and welcoming.”

Warner Bros. is being very strict with their guidelines for the movie theaters that are showing TENET and they also have limited the number of drive-ins that will be able to play it, despite the drive-in scene being the one thing that has kept the box office alive during the pandemic. The promising debut overseas for TENET last week does bode well for its domestic launch but international territories are a bit ahead of us in terms of safely running their theaters in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Regal Cinemas will also have a lot of its screens open this weekend for TENET on top of the 70% AMC presence so this weekend box office will be one to watch and discuss when it’s all said and done.

Will YOU be seeing TENET this weekend? Is YOUR local AMC open?

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Dune movie trailer will land online on September 9th

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Dune movie trailer will land online on September 9th
August 27, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser

Denis Villeneuve‘s upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune” is easily one of my most anticipated films, and like many of you, I am dying to get my first look at the project. A teaser trailer for DUNE will be playing in front of TENET for international audiences on August 30th and for U.S. audiences on August 31st, but for those of you who aren’t willing to head to a theater just yet, Warner Bros. have now announced that the long-awaited trailer will launch online on September 9th at 9am PST.

The DUNE trailer playing in front of TENET has been described as a teaser for the trailer, so don’t feel as though you’re missing out if you can’t see it in theaters. I’ll be marking my calendar and we’ll be sure to have the DUNE trailer up for you just as soon as it drops.

RELATED: Kyle MacLachlan says Dune would have worked better as a TV series

The sprawling all-star cast of DUNE includes Timothée Chalamet‘s (THE KING) as Paul Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson (DOCTOR SLEEP) as Lady Jessica, and Oscar Isaac (STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER) as Duke Leto Atreides. The film also stars Stellan Skarsgard (THOR) as the villainous Baron Harkonnen, Dave Bautista (BLADE RUNNER 2049) as his sadistic nephew, Glossu “Beast” Rabban, Charlotte Rampling (RED SPARROW) as the Reverend Mother Mohiam, the emperor’s truthsayer, Josh Brolin (AVENGERS: ENDGAME) as Gurney Halleck, a troubadour-swordsman, Javier Bardem (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES) as Stilgar, the leader of the Fremen, Jason Momoa (AQUAMAN) as Duncan Idaho, a swordmaster in the house of Atreides, Zendaya (SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME) as Chani, a Fremen who becomes a love interest to Paul Atreides, and David Dastmalchian (ANT-MAN AND THE WASP) as Piter De Vries, a twisted Mentat. DUNE will be hitting theaters on December 18, 2020.

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Movie fans flying out to see Tenet because their theaters remain closed

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Movie fans flying out to see Tenet because their theaters remain closed
August 27, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

Talk about fan dedication. As many movie theaters have reopened, there are still some key markets where they remain closed. If you live in California or New York, there has been very little indication about when their doors will open again and if you’re a fan of Christopher Nolan in these areas, hoping to see TENET, your options are slim. For some fans, nothing is going to stop them and thanks to a report from “Variety“, we’re learning some fans are willing to fly to locations that have reopened their theaters just to see the film.

California resident Tyler Tompkins booked a plane ride to see TENET weeks before movie tickets for the film even went on sale. This cost to see the film is as hefty as it gets with a round-trip flight from Los Angeles to Austin costing him $220. This is without accounting for the ticket itself, popcorn, or soda. His plan is to land in Austin when the film opens on September 1, since movie theaters have opened there, book it to the AMC Barton Creek Square, and see the movie twice before returning straight home. Tompkins had this to say about his decision:

“I’m seeing the movie like three hours after I land. That’s the whole purpose of this trip. My friends think I’m crazy, going all the way across the country to watch it, but we want to show support for this film and we’ll do anything to see it.”

Tompkins is traveling with three other friends and isn’t on this excursion alone but it’s a pretty bold move just to see a movie. Tompkins describes himself as a 24-year old cinephile that moved from Austin to Los Angeles with a few friends hoping to break into the film industry. The pandemic has put a damper on that but he’s not letting it ruin his chance to see TENET, especially since he considers himself ” an evangelical Christopher Nolan fan.” 

At least Tompkins was brave enough to give his name. Another movie fan that “Variety” spoke to wanted to maintain anonymity but they’re also from the Los Angeles area and they will be flying out to Salt Lake City over the weekend to catch the film. They’re comparing the TENET experience to “Star Wars fans camping out for tickets, or Apple users queueing for new iPhones. It’s stupid, yes, but it’s something I’m interested in.” The self-proclaimed film junkie plans to catch the film at an IMAX with Utah’s Megaplex Theatres. They were able to pay for their flight with air miles, shelling out a feasible $13 in taxes and fees. Thanks to a free stay with friends, they believe they’ll only spend $50 over the weekend ahead of their August 31 screening. BTW, not throwing any shade at the fact this particular person is wishing not to disclose their name, especially since they’re requesting off work to do this. I suspect that’s the reason for the secrecy and not embarrassment. 

Some markets have lifted restrictions on theaters with movies like UNHINGED opening last weekend at 1,823 venues in North America. The opening for the film was a decent $4.1 million which is impressive considering several key markets are out of play. Major markets like New York, California, and New Jersey remain shuttered, and many are critical of all non-essential travel, let alone for an out-of-state movie, even if it’s directed by Christopher Nolan. Even with these markets still dark, reports came in yesterday that TENET’S pre-sale tickets in the U.S. were out-selling Nolan’s DUNKIRK and INTERSTELLAR. This was also the case in the UK and Australia. That’s a solid sign that business could be better than expected as the film opens without the key markets that are normally a big chunk of a film’s box office. Is this because fans are flying out to locations that can actually show the film? I doubt it, but, I can’t say I don’t know people personally who are doing this. I have three friends who are flying out of Los Angeles to Las Vegas just to see TENET. I’m sure the lure of Vegas, while limited due to the pandemic, is also a selling point but that was their motivation. I suppose this is the first big event movie since the world went to hell and theaters closed in March. The anticipation is a lot higher considering the need for the film for some moviegoers.

Would YOU go to these lengths to see TENET?

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Tenet featurette takes us behind-the-scenes of the Christopher Nolan film

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Tenet featurette takes us behind-the-scenes of the Christopher Nolan film
August 26, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser

After several delays, Christopher Nolan‘s TENET has finally arrived (albeit not in the U.S. just yet) and audiences now have the chance to check out the director’s latest epic. TENET stars John David Washington and Robert Pattinson are they are thrust into a world of international espionage centered around Time Inversion, in which the “entropy of an object or a person can be reserved.” Needless to say, this impressive effect forced the production team to figure out entirely new ways of choreographing stunts and rigging all sorts of devices to move objects backwards, because you know Nolan wanted that shit done for real!

Warner Bros. has released a new featurette for TENET that goes behind-the-scenes of the production and features the cast and crew singing Christopher Nolan‘s praises. Our own Chris Bumbray recently reviewed TENET, and said that his “first impression of Tenet is surprisingly mixed despite my unabashed love for all of Nolan’s films.” However, Bumbray also feels strongly that TENET “will improve immeasurably upon repeated viewings, where the plot becomes clear allowing it to be appreciated on its own merits outside of the COVID-19 affected time we find ourselves stuck in the middle of.” You can check out the rest of Bumbray’s review right here.

RELATED: Tenet (Film Review)

The official synopsis for TENET:

John David Washington is the new Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle “Tenet.” Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. Not time travel. Inversion.

TENET will roll out in international territories on August 26th, before coming to the U.S. on September 3rd.

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Tenet (Film Review)

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Tenet (Film Review)

August 26, 2020 by: Chris Bumbray

8
10

PLOT: An agent (John David Washington) working for a top-secret organization tries to prevent the triggering of a weapon that, through the use of inverted technology, could end all life on Earth.

REVIEW:  After months and months of delays, Christopher Nolan’s TENET is finally hitting theaters. As expected, cinemas in New York and L.A are still closed, and many may be reluctant to go watch a movie even if they have open theaters in their city. That makes a serious appraisal of Nolan’s film hard to do because make no mistake, this is worthy of a deep dive. Likely the most complex Nolan movie to date, it’s almost an overwhelming first-time watch in the same way something like Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER might have been in 1982. You leave the theater not quite sure of what you just saw, maybe not even sure if you loved it or not (although I can’t imagine anyone not at least liking it) but eager to go back for a revisit as soon as you can. Repeat viewings in theaters seem unlikely given the situation (nor is it a given people will be able to go at all). As a result, the only complete TENET reviews won’t drop until the film hits home media where it can get the repeat viewings Nolan designed it for. 

One thing’s for sure, it’s not hard to see why Nolan refused to let TENET skip theaters. It’s a movie built to be taken-in on the biggest screen you can find, with 70mm IMAX the optimal way to watch it, although those screens are fewer and farther between these days. Much of the film is opened up to the full IMAX aspect ratio. Visually it’s a stunner, with Hoyte van Hoytema’s crystal clear 70mm photography a joy to behold. 

Like Nolan’s other films, the sound mix is aggressive, so much so that the opening action scene, where John David Washington’s unnamed protagonist storms an opera under siege, feels like an assault. Anyone wondering whether Ludwig Göransson’s score would live up to the standard set by Hans Zimmer can rest easy – it’s a classic Nolan score. But, the mixing of the dialogue is confounding. Many complained about the dialogue not being clear on INTERSTELLAR, and, at least where I saw TENET, this problem returned, with much of it bordering on indecipherable. I initially thought this might just be the theatre I saw it in (digital IMAX) but pretty much everyone’s who’s seen the movie at this point has the same complaint. My inkling is that Nolan had a specific mix in mind for the film and that any theatre not perfectly calibrated will botch the job.

Missing dialogue in a film like this is a problem, as the storyline is so intricate. TENET is like a puzzle. Imagine a James Bond film – backward. That’s this movie for better or worse. Luckily, it’s more often than not for the better. Impeccably shot and staged, Nolan doesn’t spoon-feed anything to the audience, making this an almost overwhelming watch at first glance. Somewhat in the mold of INCEPTION, but not at all a sequel as some have theorized, Washington, as shown in the trailers, is a CIA agent recruited into a beyond top-secret society, who are on the case of weapons whose physical properties are reversed. Bullets crafted this way are caught by guns. Without giving too much away, the film digs into time travel (in a sense) and no less than the fate of the entire world is on the line here. Washington plays a very non-nonsense super-spy who tangles with the film’s equivalent of a Bond villain – Kenneth Branagh’s Russian arms dealer. The baddie’s got a gorgeous, abused trophy wife, played by Elizabeth Debicki, who wants to be free of her spouse, putting her in league with Washington, while Robert Pattinson is a mysterious fixer whose endgame is always in question.

The numerous action scenes are immense and probably the most ambitious Nolan has done to date. In terms of hand to hand combat, TENET ups the ante compared to his Batman movies, with a brief kitchen fight so well shot you’re won’t understand how anyone could have ever complained about how he shoots action. There’s s also a ton of firepower on display – far more than there even was in INCEPTION. The most jaw-dropping action sequence happens about midway through the film, involving a heist that’s partially done in reverse, but I can’t go into it much more than that.

Indeed, any prolonged discussion of the film’s plot will have to be on hold until more people have seen it, but the film is certainly an epic in every way possible. However, there are some issues that – for the moment – keep it from being top tier Nolan. For one, the story is frustrating, as you’re bombarded with so much info nothing becomes clear until the film’s conclusion, making it an occasionally frustrating watch – especially when much of the dialogue is muddled. Washington, who’s excellent as the protagonist, is a vague hero, in that we get no backstory at all. He’s dissuaded from giving anything away early in the film by Clémence Poésy’s character, who’s like his Q. We never learn a thing about him. Then again, we learned very little about James Bond until the Daniel Craig-era and that didn’t stop him from becoming an icon. And make no mistake, Bond is the model here, with Washington elaborately tailored throughout, after being shamed by a cameoing Michael Caine for merely wearing Brooks Brothers. Washington should rocket to the top of everyone’s A-list after this, and it’s a shame that the conversation around the film is mostly, and unavoidably, about the way it’s being released as Washington deserves his moment.

As expected, Robert Pattinson steals scenes as Washington’s wily defacto partner, very much in the mold of Tom Hardy’s character in INCEPTION, while Debicki adds gravitas and empathy to a role that could have been standard issue in a lesser action film. Branagh chews the scenery as the larger than life baddie but also has his moments of humanity which give the film an edge, while smaller roles are more interesting than usual thanks to an intriguing supporting cast, including a nearly unrecognizable Aaron Taylor Johnson, Dimple Kapadia as an arms dealer, and best of all, YESTERDAY’s Himesh Patel as Pattinson’s wisecracking associate.

In the end, my first impression of Tenet is surprisingly mixed despite my unabashed love for all of Nolan’s films. I also strongly feel like it’s a movie that will improve immeasurably upon repeated viewings, where the plot becomes clear allowing it to be appreciated on its own merits outside of the COVID-19 affected time we find ourselves stuck in the middle of. Right now, I’d grade it on the low side for me as far as Nolan films go, but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if five years down the road, we’re all talking about how brilliant this movie is. 

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Tenet might skip drive-in theaters in certain markets due to restrictions

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Tenet might skip drive-in theaters in certain markets due to restrictions
August 25, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

TENET is soon making its way to a theater near you. Well, at least if you live in an area that is allowing the reopening of indoor movie theaters. The loophole for certain markets that have yet to set a return date for their movie theaters is that drive-in movie theaters have allowed moviegoers to get some kind of moviegoing experience that has been lacking since movie theaters went dark back in mid-March.  If you were expecting TENET to be available at your local drive-in, despite their newfound resurgence, you might be out of luck.

According to a new report via “Variety“, which details the strict rules studios have with exhibitors that are showing TENET, Warner Bros. is only allowing the film to screen at outdoor venues in markets where indoor theaters are open. That means that in cities where traditional movie theaters are unlikely to be operating when the movie is initially released, drive-ins will not be permitted to show Christopher Nolan‘s latest mind-bending effort. This could prove to be a major blow for eager moviegoers who were hoping to watch the movie from the safety of their own vehicle, instead of packing into a crowded theater.

This is not encouraging news for drive-in theater owners hoping to get a piece of the TENET pie or moviegoers in areas such as Los Angeles, where indoor theaters remain closed. The caveat at play here is that it is being stressed that these policies could change as the rollout for TENET begins. The film, which stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Kenneth Branagh, comes with a massive $200 million budget before marketing costs. TENET needs to make a hefty amount of money to be profitable for the studio and they are hoping the unconventional release strategy pays off but if it looks like the film could use a bit more of a push, Warner Bros. could ease on the restrictions for drive-in locations where indoor theaters remain closed so that the film can gain more financial traction.

TENET is expected to bring more life to box office as it becomes the second wide release to hit screens after this weekend’s UNHINGED, which opened to decent numbers despite several key markets still being shuttered. I think it’s a bit silly restrict drive-locations like this but I think Warner Bros. will see that these locations will prove to be essential to the film’s box office success. Drive-ins have helped keep the box office afloat in recent months and as of this writing, there are more than 300 drive-ins presently operating. These locations represent a safer option for moviegoers not ready to brave a crowded indoor theater, even if it’s a limited capacity with safety protocols in place.

Do YOU think Warner Bros. will ease these restrictions?

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Updated: Final trailer for Tenet & first reviews

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Updated: Final trailer for Tenet & first reviews
August 22, 2020 by: Steve Seigh

UPDATED: Check out the final trailer for TENET above!

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for, folks! The first reviews for Christopher Nolan‘s TENET have arrived, and some of what you’re about to read may shock and surprise you. The long-anticipated summer blockbuster screened in London this week ahead of next Wednesday’s European rollout, making fans in the U.K. the first to experience Nolan’s latest offering of cinematic pageantry.

Obviously, TENET has traveled a hard road to releasing, after being hit by numerous delays on account of the coronavirus pandemic. During that time, Nolan’s latest sci-fi brain-buster has been framed by fans and media alike as something of a white knight who’ll eventually arrive to save the summer box office. Well, maybe not save it entirely, but surely the film will land a few critical hits for theater owners and Warner Bros. executives alike, right? Honestly? I’m not so sure after reading some of these reviews. Let’s dive into what some reviewers and outlets are saying and then you can decide for yourself if TENET sounds like it’s the film that’ll put you back at the theater.

RELATED: A staggered release & limited availability might make Tenet prime for piracy

Leslie Felprein of The Hollywood Reporter:

“Altogether, it makes for a chilly, cerebral film — easy to admire, especially since it’s so rich in audacity and originality, but almost impossible to love, lacking as it is in a certain humanity.”

Micke McCahill of IndieWire:

“Tenet is big and ambitious, but Christopher Nolan is more caught up in his own machinations than ever before. The film is too terse to have any fun with its premise,” McCahill then added, “What’s really there to untangle, beyond loops of string and a whole lot of smoke rings? Anyone ready to obsess over a doodad on a backpack as they did over the spinning top of “Inception” can cling to the illusion of Nolan as the movie messiah. On this evidence, though, he’s become a very trying, ungenerous, ever-so-slightly dull boy.”

Guy Lodge of Variety:

“The sheer meticulousness of Nolan’s grand-canvas action aesthetic is enthralling as if to compensate for the stray loose threads and teasing paradoxes of his screenplay — or perhaps simply to underline that they don’t matter all that much. “Tenet” is no holy grail, but for all its stern, solemn posing, it’s dizzy, expensive, bang-up entertainment of both the old and new school.”

Jordan Farley of Gamesradar:

“Perhaps buoyed by the confidence that audiences will follow wherever he leads them, Nolan’s intimidatingly dense script obstinately avoids handholding, asking audiences to take a leap of faith to a greater extent than ever before.” Farley also writes, “Tenet is a practically perfect (re)introduction to the big screen. Whether audiences are ready – where safe – to return to cinemas en masse is another question entirely.”

Nicholas Barber for BBC:

“Again, you have to hand it to Nolan. To use the old expression, he puts the money on the screen, delivering the kind of noisy, extravagant and fundamentally ridiculous pulp fiction which reminds you why you go to the cinema. But it collapses under the weight of all the plot strands and concepts stuffed into it. You don’t get the impression, which you usually get from his films, that every element is precisely where it should be. Some parts of it go on too long, others not long enough. It’s a treat to see a really big film again, but a smaller one might have been better.”

Christina Shroud of The Guardian:

“You exit the cinema a little less energized than you were going in. There’s something grating about a film which insists on detailing its pseudo-science while also conceding you probably won’t have follow a thing. We’re clobbered with plot then comforted with tea-towel homilies about how what’s happened has happened.”

Jessica Kiang of The New York Times:

“Indeed, take away the time-bending gimmick, and “Tenet” is a series of timidly generic set pieces: heists, car chases, bomb disposals, more heists. But then, the lie of Nolan’s career has been that he makes the traditionally teenage-boy-aimed blockbuster smarter and more adult, when what he really does is ennoble the teenage boy fixations many of us adults still cherish, creating vast, sizzling conceptual landscapes in which all anyone really does is crack safes and blow stuff up.

But gosh, does he blow stuff up good. And that’s not nothing, right now, when it is probably scale and explosions and complex stunts, rather than Deep Meaning, that will be what gets corona-shy moviegoers to brave the multiplex.” 

Woof! These reactions to TENET are not what I’d expected. That said, I suppose that a mixed bag is to be expected, especially with many folks having a myriad of expectations for the film. Actually, just so I don’t come under fire in the comments section, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you all that I’m simply reposting what other reviewers have said, and that if this article errs on the negative, that’s just the way the dice have landed, so far. As a counter-balance to all this, I did see some reviewers praising Ludwig Göransson’s bold and intense score, which at one point uses the sound of Nolan’s heavy breathing to help achieve its sense of atmosphere. I’d also read that despite a few cases of motion sickness, TENET is a carnival of sights, especially when shown in a massive IMAX format.

It’s worth noting that only a handful of people have had the pleasure of seeing TENET and that more reviews are on the way, including our own.

TENET, starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kenneth BranaghClémence Poésy, and Michael Caine, will release internationally on Wednesday, August 26th. Be sure to keep an eye out for more reviews as the TENET train continues full steam ahead. 

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A staggered release & limited availability might make Tenet prime for piracy

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A staggered release & limited availability might make Tenet prime for piracy
August 18, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

Christopher Nolan‘s TENET was made to be seen on the big screen but with movie theaters shuttering their doors back in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, viewing priorities began to change. Some moviegoers have gotten used to watching PVOD releases at home and with major releases constantly moving their dates around on the calendar, due to the pandemic, the moviegoing experience continues to be threatened. Movie theater chains like AMC and Regal begin reopening this weekend but if you live in places like Los Angeles or New York, there is no clear picture as to when theaters can reopen because their indoor activities in those areas remain closed. TENET is beginning its arrival in overseas markets since some international theaters are open for business with preview screenings in Australia starting this weekend. The film will then go wide in Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the UK on August 26, 2020. The North American release isn’t until September 3 and according to an anonymous anti-piracy veteran, opening in all of those foreign markets before its domestic launch will make TENET a piracy nightmare.

“In some ways, Tenet is a perfect storm for piracy, in that it has raised expectations, both about the film itself and the cinema experience. Also, it has limited availability and suffers from a staggered release.”

Warner Bros. has to be gearing up for a logistical nightmare that will see them trying to come down on any and all torrent sites that serve as a home base for individuals to illegally download the film. Things move pretty fast on the internet so the movie will be on those sites within hours of its release. This is likely to happen worldwide, especially given how Warner Bros. is releasing the film, and with Christopher Nolan‘s name attached, it will only make downloading TENET illegally more enticing. According to the anonymous source, via “Variety“, “We see piracy can occur everywhere. It happens even in the three hours between East and West coast U.S. releases.”

Pirates are sure to bring in camcorders in an attempt to get a bootleg out on to torrent sites immediately, which may be even easier to do now, due to the public health crisis. Piracy concerns are likely going to decrease given the state of the world today so it’s possible they can carry on undetected. The U.K.’s Film Content Protection Agency (FCPA) was set up in 2016 under the Film Distributors’ Association to put a stop to bootlegs, which have seen a spike in the London area. Simon Brown, director of the FCPA has had a dialogue with the studio and claims that they will take “covert” actions if necessary to try to stop the illegal spread of the film. 

Everyone knows that Nolan’s films are manufactured for the big screen so a pirated copy of TENET, at least for myself, would not be satisfactory because it will significantly diminish the quality of the film. That being said, moviegoers are starved for a big blockbuster like this but if their fear of going to the movies gets mixed in to still really want to see a high-profile release such as this one, they might just settle for a subpar quality of the film just to see something fresh and exciting again.

Do YOU think TENET will be heavily pirated? 

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Tickets for Tenet go on sale this Friday for early screenings

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Tickets for Tenet go on sale this Friday for early screenings
August 17, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

It has taken a while but TENET is so very close to being seen on the big screen. As movie theaters begin to reopen by the end of the month (unless you live in Los Angeles like me – “sigh”) Christopher Nolan‘s highly-anticipated film is gearing up for an unprecedented launch that will see the $200 million film not opening like a traditional blockbuster but with a gradual rollout that could mean TENET will play well beyond its September 3 launch. Don’t want to wait until September 3 to see the film? Well, you’re in luck because Warner Bros. is beginning ticket sales this Friday, August 21, for early screenings.

The studio plans to roll out TENET for sneak peek showings domestically for three days starting August 31, 2020. For those planning to see TENET once it is more readily available, tickets for the film’s opening weekend will go on sale Thursday, August 27, 2020. There are also some details on the deals, coming to us via “Indiewire“, that state theaters have to agree to certain stipulations if they are going to show TENET on their screens. The studio will collect 63% of ticket sales and theaters with more than nine screens must show TENET for 12 weeks.

As far as the early screenings are concerned, theaters can have one showing per night, no earlier than 5:00 PM. Those theaters that screen in premium formats may offer a second showing, however. Theaters must also agree not only to follow local laws but also to comply with the safety standards drafted by the National Association of Theater Owners. These include wearing a face mask anywhere in a theater, with the exception of when consuming food or beverages. Here is what some of the e-mail sent to exhibitors had to say about these standards:

“These special terms are being offered to its exhibitor customers specifically for ‘Tenet’ to address the special circumstances in the market… including the high commercial risk from uncertain consumer demand, reopening rules, health and safety regulations, and socially distancing capacity issues.”

Warner Bros. also requires maximum theater marketing directed to publicizing TENET, at no extra cost to the studio. The studio also requires three trailers for upcoming Warner Bros. films before the TENET is screened. The studio also plans film rental collection in a shorter time frame and ties collection to digital print access. Essentially, Warner Bros. doesn’t want theater chains to use TENET to pay their bills and keep their lights on.

Are these demands unreasonable? Honestly, not at all. All of these exhibitors are hungry for a movie like TENET after being closed for months. They’re banking on the film’s success and if they have to comply to these rules, they’ll just do what they have to do. The one thing I like about the whole release strategy is that it almost guarantees that TENET will have a long life on the big screen so it gives moviegoers some time to think about heading out to see it if they initially feel nervous about braving the crowds and going to the movies again.

Will YOU be trying to see TENET during its early screenings or will YOU wait until it’s more readily available?

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This is not a typo: AMC Theatres to charge 15 cents a ticket on opening day

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This is not a typo: AMC Theatres to charge 15 cents a ticket on opening day
August 13, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

AMC Theatres has had its doors shuttered since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it caused the chain to go through a financially traumatic period that almost threatened to close its doors permanently. So how does AMC plan to bring back moviegoers on opening day as they are set to begin reopening on August 20, 2020, beginning with 100 locations? They're paying tribute to the past by making tickets prices the price they once were back in 1920, for one day only!

Tickets at AMC locations, for one day on its opening launch, will sell for 15 cents! This is roughly the price of a ticket back in 1920 and it's the year that the company's founders, the Dubinsky Brothers, began operations with a single movie screen in Kansas City, Missouri. The major caveat here is that the movies that people will get to see for this price won't be new blockbusters like TENET. AMC Theatres will be showcasing catalog titles to start such a THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and BLACK PANTHER.

AMC is doing what they can as they embark on a phased reopening of its theaters in the United States with the goal of having at least two-thirds of its more than 600 locations operational in time for the movie that is looked at to save the moviegoing experience opens on September 3: Christopher Nolan's TENET. Unfortunately, this does not include venues in some of the more major markets that drive the box office such as Los Angeles and New York. Officials have yet to reopen cinemas in these areas due to public health concerns.

Beginning on August 21, 2020, AMC will bring out a few catalog titles in order to ease moviegoers into going to the movies again. Some of these films include the tenth anniversary of INCEPTION, as well as BACK TO THE FUTURE, GREASE, and GHOSTBUSTERS. These titles will run $5 a ticket at the AMC locations showing them. In the case of the few new movies that are opening ahead of TENET, such as the Russell Crowe road-rage thriller UNHINGED and THE NEW MUTANTS, they will run for 2020 prices at roughly $10, depending on the market you live in. Those two films open August 21 and August 28, 2020, respectively.

As for their once popular AMC Stubs A-List program, the theater chain is offering incentives to members by giving them a $10 credit to use through the end of October. The chain also pledges not to increase the prices of the subscription service through June 2021. The program enables users to see up to three movies a month for between $20 and $25. Subscribers will also decide when to reinstate their membership depending on when theater locations open in their respective markets. This is being done so they aren't charged for the program until they find a location near them to begin seeing movies at again.

The theater chain has also instituted new cleaning measures, protocols that their CEO Adam Aron said would have costs that will be "passed on to the consumers." This will result in higher ticket prices and higher prices at their concession stands sometime down the road. AMC venues will also be seated at a limited capacity so their guests can socially distance and both employees and audience members will be required to wear face masks.

I feel like AMC is doing what they can to get people back into their seats, especially given the mixed response to their passing of the bill for the safety protocols to their guests. There is no perfect strategy for these theater chains to reopen. This is truly an unprecedented time and if 15 cents for tickets on opening day is an enticing way to relaunch, I say go for it. At this point, it's a case of doing whatever works. 

Will YOU attend an AMC on opening day for their 15 cent relaunch if one is open near you? The first round of openings includes theaters in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Las Vegas, and other markets.

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The mystery of Tenet deepens with a batch of new international posters

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The mystery of Tenet deepens with a batch of new international posters
August 12, 2020 by: Steve Seigh

After months of frustration, bewilderment, and anticipation, U.K. moviegoers can now purchase their tickets for Christopher Nolan‘s TENET. The long-awaited film is set to hit international theaters on August 26, with cinema chains the likes of Vue, Cineworld, and Odeon prepared to host the tentpole release. This is a momentous occasion to be certain, and it looks as if Warner Bros. is celebrating with the release of several new posters for the film.

Directed and written by Christopher Nolan, TENET stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, and more. While much about the film’s plot continues to remain a mystery at this time, we do have a brief synopsis courtesy of IMDB:

Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real-time. 

On August 26th, the film will roll out in international territories such as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russa, and the United Kingdom, before hitting select theaters in the U.S. on September 3rd.

RELATED: Robert Pattinson had to lie to Christopher Nolan about his Batman audition

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Regal Cinemas sets new reopening date for August

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Regal Cinemas sets new reopening date for August
July 29, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

This is not a drill…hopefully. Regal Cinemas has announced a new reopening date after postponing the July date they had set to open their doors again. Regal halted their reopening plans, along with AMC Theatres and Cinemark, after TENET delayed its release date indefinitely. Now that Warner Bros. has announced that TENET will open internationally at the end of August with the U.S. opening set for Labor Day weekend, Regal is making moves to coincide with that release date.

The second-largest movie theater chain in the U.S. has announced that it is planning to resume operations beginning on August 21. The news comes days after the company announced that it would be delaying its previously announced reopening date, which had been set for July 31. Regal is owned by Cineworld, which is one of the largest theater operators in the U.K. and Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Cineworld, had this to say about the new date:

"Welcoming theatergoers back to our cinemas will be a celebration for not only our team and our industry but most importantly for the fans who have been anxiously waiting for the year's upcoming releases. With the health and safety of our staff, customers, and communities as our top priority, we are happy to invite audiences to return to the timeless theatrical experience that we have dearly missed."

Regal will be implementing a slew of new safety measures once theaters do reopen. The chain updated its website with a new list of policies, including customers being required to wear a face mask in the lobby or anywhere outside of the theater itself. Though they will be permitted to take them off while eating or drinking in the auditorium, which will make it difficult to enforce the policy during the movie. 

Regal has been shuttered since mid-March and the shutdowns have been truly harmful to the exhibition business. It is expected if theaters aren't able to resume business soon, they will have to go out of business permanently. The current plan is to show older classics and former hits first, mostly to ease moviegoers back into the seats comfortably. Once bigger movies begin to open again, the hope is that the increased business will ease some of the bleeding that has taken place since their doors closed and let us all open that, beginning with Regal, this new reopening date sticks because as we've seen in the past, these dates have been very hard to maintain.

Will YOU be visiting Regals Cinemas when it reopens? Do YOU think they will stick to their new date?

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Tenet opening internationally first – will hit available U.S screens Sept 3

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Tenet opening internationally first – will hit available U.S screens Sept 3
July 27, 2020 by: Steve Seigh

As part of an ongoing effort to bring Christopher Nolan‘s TENET to theaters, it’s been announced that Warner Bros. will unleash the film internationally on August 26 before bringing the thriller to North American theaters on September 3. Territories set to be included in the tentpole’s international launch are as follows:  Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the United Kingdom.

Word of TENET making its way overseas comes not long after Warner Bros. said that they were abandoning traditional release plans for Nolan’s next blockbuster effort thanks in no small part to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. By releasing the film overseas, TENET will launch without the aid of major cities like New York and Los Angeles, two hot spots that have been deemed essential for the film’s financial success. For the moment, theaters located in the U.S. are slowly reopening. That said, each theater will reopen under a strict set of guidelines that include staggered seating, no-contact concessions, and sanitization measures that take cleanliness to a whole new level.

This is the third time that TENET has been moved. Originally, the film was scheduled to premiere in theaters on July 17, followed by July 31 and then August 12. Rather than push the film to streaming services, Nolan, as well as the studio, have remained firm on their plans to debut the twisty-looking thriller on the big screen. The school of thought here is that theater owners need a win after being shuttered for several months, and TENET has the potential to draw crowds despite many being hesitant to return to cinemas.

Are you down to return to your local movie theater in mid-August for a screening of TENET? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Tenet confirmed will not hit HBO Max before theatrical run

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Tenet confirmed will not hit HBO Max before theatrical run
July 23, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

CEO of WarnerMedia, John Stankey, is putting to bed the notion that Christopher Nolan‘s TENET will see a streaming release on HBO Max before its theatrical run. Even though some fans really want that release strategy so they can finally see the film that has encountered several delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic and theater closures, Stankey revealed that simply just isn’t an option.

The CEO was asked during a conference call with analysts Thursday about the feasibility of releasing major titles like TENET on HBO Max and eliminating their theatrical runs and he doubles down on the fact that for tentpole releases such as this one, he doesn’t see that happening:

“Is it going to happen with a movie like Tenet or something like Wonder Woman? I’d be very surprised if that would be the case. In fact, I can assure you with Tenet, that’s not going to be the case.”

Stankey gave an interview with CNBC after the conference call and went on to explain why you have to release a film like TENET nationwide and not sporadically. This was in reference to certain theatrical markets being online while major ones such as Los Angeles, remain dormant for the time being:

“It needs to release nationwide. So if you have a major metropolitan area — say, Los Angeles — that’s totally out of check and you have other parts of the country that are totally in control, it doesn’t necessarily give you an option to open it in half the country. It just doesn’t work very well that way.”

At the end of the day though, the most important factor in play for TENET is that it’s a film that NEEDS the theatrical experience so a release via streaming wouldn’t serve the film or Christopher Nolan‘s vision for it:

“It’s a movie, an experience, that should be seen in theaters. It was engineered to be that way. As a result of that, it needs to show up that way. Certainly, Christopher would like it to be that way. That’s how he wants that piece of work that he’s done to be seen by moviegoers and that’s why it’s going to be something that shows up in a theater.”

The narrative with TENET really hasn’t changed since the pandemic put its release in question. Streaming was never going to be an option and even though Christopher Nolan really wanted to keep the original date of release, it seems all involved want to make sure the film has a proper theatrical release because that is what the film deserves. This is a $200 million film and it’s clear now that the rollout is not going to be traditional but Warner Bros. is doing what they can to give it the release that’s warranted while also trying to maintain some kind of return on investment. The studio has never flip-flopped on what they were going to do with TENET. They have been 100% about their intentions and kudos to them for sticking to it despite the demand of the fans to get the film out there by any means necessary. 

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AMC, Regal & Cinemark all postpone reopening plans

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AMC, Regal & Cinemark all postpone reopening plans
July 23, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

As has been the case whenever a major tentpole release pushes off its planned release date, AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas, and Cinemark have all postponed their planned reopenings. The news comes in the wake of Christopher Nolan’s TENET delaying its release indefinitely as major studios wait for theaters in major markets such as Los Angeles and New York City to come back online in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AMC Theatres announced that they will be postponing the reopening of its U.S. screens to “mid-to-late August.” The world’s biggest theater chain was set to have a phased reopening on July 15 with the hopes of being fully operational by July 24. The date was then pushed to July 30 late last month. A spokesperson for AMC had this to say about the new delay:

“This new timing reflects currently expected release dates for much-anticipated blockbusters like Warner Bros.’ Tenet and Disney’s Mulan, as well as release dates for several other new movies coming to AMC’s big screens.”

Regal Cinemas has also put reopening on hold and unlike AMC, they have yet to reveal a new date that they will open their doors. They released a statement saying “Announcement of new reopening date coming soon.”  Regal Cinemas had previously reported a reopening date of July 31 but they’re also following the lead of the studios by not reopening since films like TENET are now out of play. Regal once had a plan to start a phased reopening as early as July 10 but the constant shift in release dates for major films has had them jump off of those reopening plans and since nothing is certain as of this moment, Regal has decided to sit back and just see what happens before announcing a new date.

The third-largest theater chain in the U.S., Cinemark, has also made the decision to postpone its reopening plans as well. The movie theater chain had plans to open up again this week with older titles in order to prepare for new movies coming out in the following weeks. No new reopening date has been announced as of this writing but the company had this to say about the postponement:

“The company continues to evaluate availability of new studio content, status of the virus and local government regulations as it plans for the phased reopening of is U.S. theatres. All locations will reopen with greatly enhanced cleanliness, sanitizing, and safety measures at every step of the moviegoing experience.”

All three of these brands are being driven by the decisions of the studios. The more the studios postpone their films, the more the theatres will shift their reopenings as well. They both need each other so that’s why there is this frequent change in release and reopening strategies but it’s clear everyone is playing this all by ear and the situation is constantly evolving. I’m trying to be confident that we will have some form of moviegoing in 2020 but the way things are going, it’s becoming harder and harder to stay optimistic.

Do YOU agree with their decision to postpone their reopenings?

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NATO Chief believes movies should release in theaters despite the pandemic

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NATO Chief believes movies should release in theaters despite the pandemic
July 22, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

The head of the National Theatre Owners Association, John Fithian, declares that theaters need to stay open and he believes that studios delaying films in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is not helping matters. 

Movie theaters initially closed their doors back in March and recently things have gradually begun to change. Theaters in China have reopened recently but this was after opening after some believed was a bit too early which resulted in their closure again before opening again last weekend. Of the 5,000 or so theaters in the States, about 1200-1500 have reopened, with mostly drive-ins bringing in most of the business. More theaters were on their way to reopening but as the nation continues to hit record-breaking numbers in terms of cases and deaths due to the coronavirus, many states have forced the closure of theaters and other public venues. It's a very messy situation that has led to films like Christopher Nolan's TENET, delaying its release indefinitely. 

John Fithian became the latest person to add fuel to this debate and it was sparked when he was asked by "Variety" about Warner Bros.' decision to move TENET from its August 12 release date to a presumed later date in 2020. Fithian emphasized that until a coronavirus vaccine is found, theaters cannot open to 100% capacity and he believes this is the reason that studios and theaters should begin to deal with the "new normal" and just open and release films as planned:

"Distributors should stick with their dates and release their movies because there's no guarantee that more markets will open later this year. Until there's a vaccine that's widely available, there will not be 100% of the markets open. Because of that, films should be released in markets where it is safe and legal to release them and that's about 85% of markets in the U.S. and even more globally. They should release their movies and deal with this new normal. Studios may not make the same amount of money that they did before, but if they don't start distributing films, there's going to be a big hole in their balance sheets. This is a $42 billion-a-year business. Most businesses would take 85% of that instead of zero, which will be what happens if they wait for all of the markets to open up."

On the one hand, I think he has a point. It seems like the studios are waiting for some kind of miracle where the big box office markets open up again and they can make the necessary money off their expensive tentpole releases. They're patiently waiting for Los Angeles and New York City to give approval for their theaters to open but that has yet to be the case, which is why TENET delayed its release again and will be likely why other releases will follow suit. It seems as if Fithian is saying that bringing in some money is better than bringing in no money so studios and theaters should maintain their dates and just adjust to whatever money can make until things gradually get back to normal again. Is this financially feasible for a studio to do this? Probably not but the longer they wait to open films, it's going to kneecap the theaters out there that are waiting to distribute these releases. AMC, Regal, and Cinemark seem to be banking on films like TENET in order to get back into the game but studios are clearly focusing their efforts on the markets that will make them the most money and with Los Angeles and New York City out of play as of now, they don't want to seem to budge until these players are part of the box office conversation again.

Do YOU agree that studios should maintain release dates and open films in theaters that happen to be open or is it smart to wait it out?

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Warner Bros. removes Tenet from the schedule & pushes Conjuring 3 to 2021

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Warner Bros. removes Tenet from the schedule & pushes Conjuring 3 to 2021
July 20, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser

We’ve seen the release date for Christopher Nolan‘s TENET shuffled around more than a few times over the past few months, and Warner Bros. has finally stopped playing chicken with COVID-19 and have removed TENET from their release schedule. Last we heard, TENET was due to hit theaters on August 12th, but the studio is now preparing for an “unconventional theatrical rollout” which will be announced “imminently.”

What the heck does that mean? Well, Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich said that they won’t be “treating TENET like a traditional global day-and-date release, and our upcoming marketing and distribution plans will reflect that.” This likely means that TENET will probably roll out overseas first, while it will only open in drive-in theaters in the U.S. when and where it is safe to do so. For those of you hoping that the film might be available to view in the comfort of your own home sooner rather than later, don’t get your hopes up; Warner Bros. doesn’t seem to have any plans to shorten TENET’s theatrical run. Additionally, Warner Bros. has moved THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT from September 11, 2020 to June 4, 2021. You can check out the release from Toby Emmerich below.

Our goals throughout this process have been to ensure the highest odds of success for our films while also being ready to support our theater partners with new content as soon as they could safely reopen. We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from exhibitors and remain steadfast in our commitment to the theatrical experience around the world. Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to proliferate, causing us to reevaluate our release dates. Amidst all this continued uncertainty, we have decided to vacate the current dates for our next two releases. We will share a new 2020 release date imminently for Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s wholly original and mind-blowing feature. We are not treating Tenet like a traditional global day-and-date release, and our upcoming marketing and distribution plans will reflect that. Additionally, we will be moving the next installment from our most-successful horror franchise, The Conjuring 3, to June 4, 2021.

We’ll update this article when Warner Bros. releases their TENET release plans.

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Deadline