The last film to release in the pre-COVID era was Angrezi Medium. That film had a lifetime score of 9.36 crores where the majority of it had come on the first three days before the lockdown was announced. Now Tenet is the first major film to have released post the theatres reopening and the Christopher Nolan directed film has managed to surpass the score of the Homi Adajania directed the film. Though this has come after two weeks, the fact remains that at least the volume of footfalls that has been evidenced lost the reopening of theatres is better than what it was when they were shut.
While Tenet has now entered a double-digit range with 10 crores* coming in, it can also be confidently said that the numbers would have been much bigger and possibly even in 18-20 crores range had a majority of audiences who had watched the film given it a thumbs-up. That was not the case right from the first day of release as critics weren’t too kind on the film and even the paying ‘junta’ was left unimpressed. Sad, because this could well have been one film that would have induced energy back into the exhibition sector but now there would be further her wait for that.
In the coming weeks, there is no notable film that has been planned for release. One now waits to see if any filmmaker decides to bring something big in January, though chances seem bleak for that. That means that the interim period may see a continued screening of Tenet and that could well help at least a couple of more crores added to the film’s lifetime numbers.
*Estimates. Final numbers awaited
Note: All collections as per production and distribution sources