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'Tenet' tops the North American box office with $20.2M

Actor John David Washington's Tenet is the No. 1 movie at North American theaters this weekend. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Actor John David Washington's "Tenet" is the No. 1 movie at North American theaters this weekend. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Christopher Nolan's spy thriller Tenet is the No. 1 movie in North American theaters, earning $20.2 million in receipts this weekend, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced on Sunday.

Coming in at No. 2 is The New Mutants with $2.9 million, followed by Unhinged with $1.7 million at No. 3, The Personal History of David Copperfield at No. 4 with $361,000, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run at No. 5 with $345,000, Words on Bathroom Walls at No. 6 with $282,000 and My Brothers' Crossing at No. 7 with $17,400.

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Because of the coronavirus pandemic, most new movie debuts have been delayed, with some theatrical releases, such as Mulan, skipped altogether in favor of streaming-service premieres.

Theaters throughout the United States and Canada were closed for months in keeping with social-distancing practices intended to slow the spread of the virus.

They recently began opening their doors, however many in high-population states such as New York, New Jersey and California remain shuttered.

On March 8, the North American box office take was about $100 million.

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