China’s theaters started reopening in “low-risk” areas on July 20. Since then, more theaters have resumed operations with social distancing and limited capacity rules in place (most are only allowing about 30% of seats to be filled). But no film had grossed more than $1.5 million in a single day until the re-release of Interstellar, according to Chinese box-office tracker EntGroup. As of this writing, Interstellar has already made another $1.5 million in China today—more than double the daily gross of the next closest film, Dolittle.

Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller was popular in China during its original 2014 run, raking in $111 million at the box office there in addition to its $590 million haul everywhere else. That the film is still drawing an audience in 2020 is a relatively positive sign for Nolan’s next film, Tenet, which after several delays will finally come out Aug. 26—wherever theaters are open. (It is scheduled for release Sept. 3 in the US. Major chains like AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas plan to reopen many of their locations a few weeks prior.)

Until then, Hollywood studios desperate for any theatrical revenue will continue re-releasing old movies. Even if Tenet is a success, theaters will still need to show other movies this fall—and the slate of new films is looking rather sparse. Outside of Tenet, the global box office for the second half of 2020 will consist of several films that came out many years ago.

On Aug. 14, theaters in China will begin showing a 4K restoration of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone—the biggest hit of 2001.

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