“Tenet” — the newest Christopher Nolan film that has been billed as the first film to bring people back to theaters — has officially opened in theaters across the world.

  • The film has yet to be released in the United States.

What’s going on:

  • “Tenet” began its official rollout on Wednesday in international markets, looking to bring people back to theaters during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The film will show in 40 different territories across the world. However, the United States and China won’t start showings until Sept. 4.

Why it matters:

The film is “the first Hollywood tentpole to hit the big screen since cinemas reopened after a prolonged shutdown due to the devastating pandemic,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Tenet” has long remained on the movie theater release calendar. It has not been released for video on demand or streaming yet.

“This is an industry that’s been blindsided by the pandemic. A lot of people are saying it’s over, people are going to just stream movies now at home. That’s not true. People are going back to the movie theater, and they want to feel safe and secure doing that. And ‘Tenet’ is the big ticket, the movie that everyone has been waiting for.” — Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Comscore, told NPR.

What about the U.S.?

The U.S. won’t see the film released until Sept. 4.

Some theaters offer early access events where they can see sneak previews of “Tenet.” These events are happening in states where local guidelines allow people to return to theaters.

How to avoid spoilers:

  • Just beware that “Tenet” spoilers are out there right now. You may want to avoid looking up anything about the movie through Twitter or Google yet.