By Chris Kavan - 09/10/20 at 08:09 PM CT
Tenet finally opened and was... pretty good. And, as predicted, Christopher Nolan's pandemic-era blockbuster IS going to be playing in Los Angeles... in drive-ins at least. Considering drive-in theaters have been making bank of late, it could actually improve the film's chances. In other news, Sony has explicitly stated they will release NO films as long as the pandemic keeps theaters closed - so both Venom 2 and Spider-Man 3 (among other titles) will probably be pushed back further. There is also rumblings that Wonder Woman 1984, Dune, Soul and other big upcoming films could all be pushed back - though nothing is concrete yet, but don't be surprised if more moves happen. As it stands, this week is all about romance as The Broken Hearts Gallery looks to make its mark in theaters.THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY
There is a lot going on at the box office right now: sci-fi, thrillers, comedy - but, aside from the minimal impact of Words on Bathroom Walls, romance is quite lacking. But have no fear, those wanting some feel-good romance, this gallery is for you. Geraldine Viswanathan (probably best known for her role in Blockers) is a 20-something art gallery assistant Lucy Gulliver, who has been very unlucky in love. An emotional hoarder, she has kept a keepsake from ever failed romance, including her latest breakup and decides to set up a pop-up gallery of these broken-heart memories. But her impromptu display soon attracts like-minded romantics who have felt the same way, and it could lead to some concrete relationships. The cast also includes Stranger Things standout Dacre Montgomery, Hamilton standout Phillipa Soo as well as Suki Waterhouse, Molly Gordon, Bernadette Peters, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Sheila McCarthy. The young cast certainly has the ability to draw in the right crowd and by all accounts does a fine job. I know it's not going to top Tenet in these times, but it should do better than Words on Bathroom Walls and, if audiences are romance-starved enough, perhaps much more.
Tenet should carry the weekend again - and Mulan opens in China (though it may not have too big of impact), so it will be interesting to see the numbers come Sunday.