Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster doesn’t need to be opened in New York or Los Angeles.
There is no shortage of Nissais on social media, but Christopher Nolan’s “Internet” has many reasons to keep its opening until September 3. Of course: If Warner Bros. had to wait for New York and Los Angeles to open, that date would be unlikely. These regions are traditionally so key that many films initially open only in these two cities, but with Tenet we can hope for the opposite: it will open almost everywhere except these big cities.
According to Warner Bros., “The Internet” will be shown in “selected” cities. Not all. They know that at first it will not play everywhere, including the two best markets in the country. Given COVID-19, things can change – but today this star must follow any long-term planning. Nolan’s film is scheduled to open in 50 territories between August 26 and 28, including Germany, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Korea and Australia; other major countries, such as Russia and Japan, followed shortly thereafter. China also approved the film for release, albeit without a date.
Theaters already operate in most of these countries; Today, 45 states in the United States allow indoor theaters to operate (subject to security measures) in all or most locations. Due to the lack of a new product, most still have not done so. To avoid opening on September 3, governments will have to close them – and this is much more difficult than postponing permission to open.
We have spoken to exhibition sources in some of the riskier regions who are asking whether they will be given dates, but it is clear that most of the country’s cinemas will open within the permitted number. They are not irresponsible people, but the survival of their companies depends on it. And they will play “The Internet”.
Most people in the United States now have indoor theaters where the Internet can be seen on September 3, and most have theatrical discs as a backup. Even in COVID-19 hotspots such as Atlanta and Houston, indoor theaters are open; areas that ban theatrical openings today may change.
Of the three best domestic chips, Cinemark has already opened some locations. The Regal website provides August 21 as its goal, and AMC has said it expects to open by the end of August for most theaters, if not sooner. Extensive releases are set to begin Aug. 21 with “Unhinged,” “Antebellum,” “Words On Walls Wall,” and a reissue of “Inception” (Warner Bros.). Everyone is expected to play with basic marketing support and broad release – as always. Expect other movies to be available.
It’s three weeks from now. Making this date will be the first step to the release of “Teneta” in 13 days, September 3. More theaters can wait using this film to open on September 3rd. decision-making practices. I hope that the two weeks leading up to the Internet will create momentum (also: one of the reasons that foreign territories will be the first to receive the film).
We have compiled an exhaustive list of current theater opening regulations; our sources include extensive research conducted by the National Association of Theater Owners in addition to external verification. In addition, it was reported that open weekend theaters featured indoor theaters operating in more than 40 states.
According to these data, only Arizona, California, New Jersey and New York face closed theatrical closures across the country. Arizona has a reopening date of August 9; others do not have a date. Some metropolitan areas, such as Seattle and Detroit, also do not have a permit.
Most states have limited legal capacity. Some make up 25 to 66 percent of the audience; others have a certain maximum, regardless of the size of the audience. Various rules of social distancing apply almost everywhere.
Everyone is told that even if all of California and New York could not open and a few other areas, more than 80 percent of the population would still be able to see the Internet in a closed theater. Not that all the participants in the film take part in these numbers; some uncertain part of the audience – probably significant – will not return, even if it is hailed as the greatest film ever made.
Again: it’s all the way things are now. Here is the rub. The last six months have shown that making solid predictions is unwise. But, probably, it will not happen.
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