The North American box office sprung back to life this weekend with about 62% of the domestic market now open. First place went to The New Mutants, which earned an estimated $7 million from 2,412 theaters.
The New Mutants is the final X-Men movie from Disney’s 20th Century Studios and was filmed before Disney bought the then-named 20th Century Fox. While planned reshoots were not completed, the movie did require more work to be done after the Disney purchase.
Movie theaters are not yet open in states such as California, New York, New Jersey, Arizona (partially), North Carolina, Michigan, Maryland, and New Mexico. Theaters are still closed in cities such as Seattle, Miami, Portland and Philadelphia as well.
Internationally, the film brought in 2.9 million from 10 markets for a worldwide total of $9.9 million after one weekend. The film will expand to 20 markets next weekend, including Australia, Italy, Mexico, Russia, and the UK.
Directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) from a script by Boone and Knate Lee, the PG-13 movie stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin/Magik, Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, and Charlie Heaton as Sam Guthrie/Cannonball.
Also starring are Henry Zaga as Roberto da Costa/Sunspot, Blu Hunt as Danielle Moonstar/Mirage, and Alice Braga appears as Cecilia Reyes.
Christopher Nolan’s Tenet debuted with more than $53 million at 41 international markets (including Canada, where it opened in first place) from over 20,000 screens. The 32 markets in the Europe/Middle East and African region accounted for $37 million of the weekend gross from 13,146 screens, where it also debuted to number one in every market it released in.
Tenet brought in an estimated $5 million from only 248 IMAX theatres worldwide. IMAX theatres generated a per-screen average of approximately $20,000 — about 7.5 times the estimated overall per screen average — even with an average 50% seating capacity limitation throughout the world. IMAX also delivered 9.4% of overall box office despite accounting for less than 1% of total screens.
‘We are off to a fantastic start internationally and couldn’t be more pleased,” said Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “Christopher Nolan has once again delivered an event worthy motion picture that demands to be seen on the big screen, and we are thrilled that audiences across the globe are getting the opportunity to see Tenet.”
Emmerich added: “Thank you to our exhibition partners for their tireless efforts in reopening their cinemas in a safe and socially-distanced way. Given the unprecedented circumstances of this global release we know we’re running a marathon, not a sprint, and look forward to long playability for this film globally for many weeks to come.”
Rated PG-13, Tenet releases next weekend in a further six international markets including Russia on September 3 and China on September 4. In addition, it starts its U.S roll out on September 3, with previews beginning on August 31.
Dropping from first to second place at the North American box office, Solstice Studios’ psychological thriller Unhinged added $2.6 million from 2,331 theaters. The movie has grossed $8.8 million after two weeks.
Rated R, Unhinged was directed by Derrick Borte from a script by Carl Ellsworth. The cast includes Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius, Gabriel Bateman, Jimmi Simpson and Austin P. McKenzie.
Opening in third place domestically was Bill & Ted Face the Music (Orion Pictures) though that comes with a big asterisk, as the film also debuted On Demand on Friday (if we get those numbers, we’ll add them here). At movie theaters, the third installment of the franchise collected $1.06 million from 1,007 locations.
Directed by Dean Parisot from a script by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, the PG-13 movie stars Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, William Sadler, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, and Kid Cudi, and Kristen Schaal.
Disney’s Searchlight Pictures also debuted The Personal History of David Copperfield this weekend in 1,360 theaters. The film earned an estimated $520,000, good for fourth place.
Directed by Armando Iannucci from a script by Simon Blackwell and Iannucci, the movie stars Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, and Gwendoline Christie.