Tenet - Box Office Autopsy

An original action espionage film releasing in IMAX on August 12, 2020
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MuffinMcFluffin wrote:
August 15th, 2020, 11:08 am
What happened to that Russell Crowe movie that was going to come out of the gates July 1st back when? I bet they spent too many marketing dollars and screwed themselves over, heh.

That's what you get for trying to leapfrog Nolan, ya jackasses!
It is still coming out before Tenet. Either next weekend or the weekend after.

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Jesus of Suburbia wrote:
August 15th, 2020, 11:44 am
MuffinMcFluffin wrote:
August 15th, 2020, 11:08 am
What happened to that Russell Crowe movie that was going to come out of the gates July 1st back when? I bet they spent too many marketing dollars and screwed themselves over, heh.

That's what you get for trying to leapfrog Nolan, ya jackasses!
It is still coming out before Tenet. Either next weekend or the weekend after.
That, it's coming out Aug 21, and that positioning of leapfrogging Nolan has certainly helped in Europe and the UK with the box office!

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Do people really think Nolan will get his reputation ruined? I mean he will get shit for releasing the movie at this time probably but his reputation will be untouched. WB will continue to throw hundreds of millions of dollars at him.

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speedy117 wrote:
August 15th, 2020, 2:15 pm
Do people really think Nolan will get his reputation ruined? I mean he will get shit for releasing the movie at this time probably but his reputation will be untouched. WB will continue to throw hundreds of millions of dollars at him.
No. It is the local government that can control the reopening of theaters, not WB or Nolan.

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speedy117 wrote:
August 15th, 2020, 2:15 pm
Do people really think Nolan will get his reputation ruined? I mean he will get shit for releasing the movie at this time probably but his reputation will be untouched. WB will continue to throw hundreds of millions of dollars at him.
Even if the movie struggles to break through, his reputation will still be untouched. You can't throw out the window several multi million grossing movies. If he asks WB 500 millions for a romantic comedy in 2 years, they'll give him 600.

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https://www.indiewire.com/2020/08/tenet ... 234580302/
Advance ticket sales for Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” begin this Friday, August 21, for three days of sneak previews that start Monday, August 31.

Tickets for regular engagements, which start Thursday, September 3, will be available Thursday, August 27.

These are some of the “Tenet” contract details that Warner Bros. sent to exhibitors, obtained by IndieWire. As IndieWire reported last week, limited advance showings of “Tenet” will be offered for three days prior to September 3. According to the contract, theaters can have one showing per night, no earlier than 5 p.m. Those theaters that screen in premium formats may offer a second show.

To participate in “Tenet,” theaters must agree not only to follow local laws, but also to comply with the not-yet-published but already disseminated safety standards drafted by the National Association of Theater Owners. These include wearing a face mask anywhere in a theater, with the exception of when consuming concessions.

The email notes: “These special terms are being offered to its exhibitor customers specifically for ‘Tenet’ to address the special circumstances in the market… including the high commercial risk from uncertain consumer demand, reopening rules, health and safety regulations, and socially distancing capacity issues.”

As a sign of the times, the first section deals with health issues: “Exhibitor specifically represents and warrants to Warner that it shall comply at all times with all applicable laws and regulations at its theater(s), including without limitation, all laws, orders and standards relating public health and safety, such as rules and protective measures against the contraction and spread of COVID-19 or other illnesses and applicable voluntary health and safety measures and protocols regarding these matters as may be promulgated by the exhibition industry, such as NATO’s published health and safety protocols.”

In addition, Warners also tells theaters they need to provide on-demand information about the theaters’ reopening activities and consumer messaging.

For film rental, Warner Bros. is asking for 63 percent for all weeks of the engagement. That is at the high end, and its inclusion is significant because it varies from some deals in which top chains have preset expectations for how much they will pay based on total domestic gross. Though what the studio asks can be subject to negotiation, Warners holds the upper hand. For top titles like this one, normal practice is all theaters receive the same template.

The demands on number of weeks to play are at the high end:

• “Tenet” must have the largest non-IMAX screen each week, until otherwise agreed
• Single screens – 4 weeks, with a third-weekend holdover figure determinant in place
• Twins – 5+ weeks
• 3 to 8 screens – 8 weeks
• 9+ screens – 12 weeks

As the sole standout initial release, it should be easy to comply with these standards. For those rare single screens, four weeks would lead into “Wonder Woman 1984” (also Warner Bros.) on October 2.

Warners also requires maximum theater marketing directed to publicizing “Tenet,” at no extra cost to the studio. The studio also requires three trailers for upcoming Warner Bros. films before the “Tenet” feature.

Warners also plans film rental collection in a shorter time frame, and ties collection to digital print access. Warners doesn’t want exhibitors to use “Tenet” to pay other bills.

IndieWire has reached out to Warner Bros. for comment.

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The demands on number of weeks to play are at the high end:

• “Tenet” must have the largest non-IMAX screen each week, until otherwise agreed
• Single screens – 4 weeks, with a third-weekend holdover figure determinant in place
• Twins – 5+ weeks
• 3 to 8 screens – 8 weeks
• 9+ screens – 12 weeks

As the sole standout initial release, it should be easy to comply with these standards. For those rare single screens, four weeks would lead into “Wonder Woman 1984” (also Warner Bros.) on October 2.

Warners also requires maximum theater marketing directed to publicizing “Tenet,” at no extra cost to the studio. The studio also requires three trailers for upcoming Warner Bros. films before the “Tenet” feature.

Warners also plans film rental collection in a shorter time frame, and ties collection to digital print access. Warners doesn’t want exhibitors to use “Tenet” to pay other bills.
Pretty brilliantly ruthless on WB part, they hold all the cards here and have taken full advantage of that.

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I was very tepid and cautious initially about this but I think they’re handling it absolutely right. I hope it’s a smashing success.

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Tickets on sale for early previews on MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY is August 21st (1 showing per night)

Tickets for regular showings starting Thursday, Sept 3rd on sale August 27th
Intelligent to have 3 days and only 1 showing a day of early previews. Due to limited seat capacity most of these 3 days will have immediate sell-outs causing ticket demand and tremendous word of mouth

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