Two months after Tenet’s release, director Christopher Nolan is “thrilled” with the coronavirus-imperiled sci-fi movie’s global revenue of $350 million. Speaking with the , the director also added that he’s “worried that the studios are drawing the wrong conclusions from our release.”
Fans who were looking forward to Tenet being a 2020 summer blockbuster watched as the film was beset with increasingly concerning delays–including a stretch in July when . When it finally was released internationally in late August, and then hit the states in early September, the film had effectively faded into the background in a year filled with a global pandemic, a presidential election, and the overall confusing and unpredictable path films now face in order to release. Tenet held firm in being a theatrical experience first, but Nolan says that stance has influenced studios and distributors looking for lessons to learn from the film’s performance.
“Rather than looking at where the film has worked well and how that can provide them with much needed revenue,” said Nolan. “They’re 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.”