Tenet's struggle at the domestic box office speaks to the way the pandemic has impacted the movie industry in the United States. Over three days over last weekend, Tenet made just $6.7 million at 2,910 locations. That was almost 30% less than the 9.4 million the movie made during Labor Day weekend. As a result, most of the film's success has been experienced overseas. Worldwide, the movie grossed $37.3 million, bringing the foreign box office total to $177.5 million.
Still, Los Angeles—which is still mostly closed due to the pandemic—has been Tenet's largest market. The John David Washington and Robert Pattinson-starring project is experiencing a boost from Orange County's reopening. It is also having strong showings in Northern Virginia and Florida.
The movie's strong global presence is a sigh of relief for Tenet, which opened to mixed reviews. The film notched just a B Cinemascore and a 79% overall positive with a 49% definite recommend. But Comscore/Screen Engine PostTrak exits went up to 80% after more people got a chance to experience the film.