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Tenet Won't Open In Theaters This August, No New Date Given

by Andrew Reiner on Jul 20, 2020 at 11:59 AM

Movie theaters have been hit hard by the global Covid-19 pandemic. Christopher Nolan's Tenet was poised to lead wide-scale theater re-openings, but is now floating without a date. News of the delayed date comes from Variety, which also reports that The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It has been moved back from September 11 to June 4, 2021.

In the Variety piece, Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich says a new date would be shared soon, and that the studio is eyeing a nontraditional global roll out. This means it could open in other markets first. There's also a chance it could become available online for streaming.

Some theaters in the United States are open, and movies are still being released, but none are as high-profile as Tenet. Over this last weekend, the film Relic brought in just $117,500. Since it's debut on July 3, it has grossed $825,568 in the domestic box office. The Wretched, which opened on May 1, has brought in $1,736,313 domestically, with an additional $660,861 internationally, for a total of $2,397,174. The re-release of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back brought in $674,620 since opening on July 10.

Tenet's delay could lead to more studio's moving release dates. Disney's Mulan is the next big release on the way with a current date of August 21.