“Tenet” announced Wednesday that it has passed official approval for theatrical release in China, indicating that an official release date is now on the horizon.
The movie has released a poster in Chinese, swapping the English tagline “Time is running out” for the caller’s call back to the movies, which translates to “counting every second; attacking the theater.”
Chinese movies reopened in low-risk areas for COVID-19 on July 20, taking প্রথম 12.6 million in their first weekend. Currently, about 4% of its movies are back in business, but only 30% of the capacity needed to work to allow social distance, plus their total number of screenings has halved their normal list.
In addition, The re-opening guidelines, released by the National Film Bureau, request that movies not screen more than two hours of movies – which could create potential problems for “Tenet” which runs for two hours and 31 minutes.
The directive, however, was soon opposed, although Chinese authorities later approved the release of the two-hour-long film for nationwide release. These include “Harry Potter and the Magic Stone” and Nolan’s own “inclusion” – currently scheduled for a re-enactment on the stage starting August 2 – as well as local blockbusters already playing “Operation Red Sea”.
Until the guideline is more formally lifted, it appears that cinemas in different regions have been given a variety of leeway for different levels of COVID-19 threat, or at least have been interested in sticking to their necks and programming long films.
All eight of the “Harry Potter” films run for more than two hours, but they are currently being screened as part of the Shanghai International Film Festival.
Yet at least two cinema halls in Beijing said in a private chat posted on social media on Wednesday that they did not dare approve the program with the current headline of more than 120 minutes due to confusion – even the patriotic blockbuster “Wolf Warrior 2,” which lasted 123 minutes.
Elsewhere in China, the film has already made 1 1.1 million since it reopened on Monday.
Prior to “Tenit”, its release had to be rescheduled several times due to COVID-19 Warner Bros. negotiated an unconventional plan to make its debut internationally before it hit North America this week.
It is now ready to open in almost 0 countries abroad from 2nd August, including the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea and Russia. It will then premiere in selected U.S. cities on Labor Day weekend from September 3rd.
The foreign market, which is very important for the film of China “Tenet” director Christopher Nolan, is far away.
For almost every film he makes as a director or executive producer, the Chinese box office has blown the revenue from other regions by a large margin. The only exceptions are “Dunkirk” and “The Dark Knight Rises”, for which China was the world’s second largest market behind the United Kingdom, and “Batman begins”, which came in stages throughout the Middle Kingdom in the 200’s when it was still at the box office. There were newborns.
Among the Nolan-directed films, “Dunkirk” grossed 51 51 million in China in 2017, while “Interstellar” grossed 2 122 million there in 2014. “Dark Knight Rises” earned $ 52.8 million in 2012 and “Inception” earned $ 68.4 million in 2010.
The Nolan-produced film executive has also seen strong performances in the country. These include “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” with 9 million, “Justice League” with 106 million, “Transcendence” with 20 million and “Man of Steel” with 63 million.