The Christopher Nolan sci-fi/thriller Tenet is poised to make pandemic history, when it premieres next month at theaters OUTSIDE of the United States and China – the two largest movie box office markets.

Elizabeth Debicki and John David Washington in Tenet.

The risky decision, during the midst of our global coronavirus pandemic, is aimed at threading the needle between getting the movie business back off the ground in countries where infection rates have relatively slowed, and avoiding, at least until the Labor Day holiday weekend, the U.S., where the pandemic currently is burning like a dumpster fire filled with gasoline.

Warner Bros. has not yet said which U.S. cities could get the premiere of the cerebral thriller starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki. The film cost $200 million so a lot of folks in the movie industry will be watching to see if the studio’s gamble pays off.

For now, this is the premiere schedule for Tenet:

Wednesday, Aug. 26:
Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom

Thursday, Aug. 27:
Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Lebanon, Malaysia, Middle East, New Zealand, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates

Friday, Aug. 28:
East Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Vietnam

Wednesday, Sept. 3:
United States, Kuwait and Qatar

Will YOU be going to the theater?

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