Christopher Nolan’s Tenet will debut internationally starting on August 26 before opening in select cities in the U.S. on September 3.

It will be released in 70 countries. It was originally slated to release in July yet, with the majority of cinemas closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nolan’s new film takes place in the world of international surveillance. The film stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh.

The international release will increase ticket sales as some countries have been able to reopen theaters despite the pandemic. These countries include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Spain, and the U.K.

“That will happen domestically at some point, but if the rest of the world is ready to roll, it could make sense to attempt a major release in an effort to support exhibitors and prop up an industry that is among those hit hardest by the pandemic,” Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at, said.

Nolan’s last four films saw more profit in international theaters as compared to the domestic ones. Dunkirk” took in 64% of its total ticket sales from international markets. For “Inception,” this figure was 64.7%, and “Interstellar” saw 72.3% of its total ticket sales come from outside North America.