Inception’s Christopher Nolan To Become UK’s Highest-Grossing Director?

Christopher Nolan is currently Hollywood’s golden boy, with his high-concept action thriller Inception topping the U.S. box office for the third weekend in a row. He’s captured the geek contingent, the critics, and mainstream audiences, and he’s done it with his own original work, not some wankfest adaptation of a video game or a comic book. MTV quotes box-office analyst Jeff Bock, who says, “Nolan, with each successive multilayered effort, is looking more and more like a cinematic wunderkind – capable of having a storybook career in Hollywood and joining the elite ranks of a Steven Spielberg, a James Cameron, or a Martin Scorsese.”

And now he’s set to become the highest-grossing British director ever, at least domestically. According to Box Office Mojo, he’s within spitting distance – $47 million – of matching the current Brit leader, Sir Ridley Scott. Yes, the Ridley Scott of Blade Runner, Alien, Gladiator, Thelma & Louise, and American Gangster fame. (Granted, over half of Nolan’s domestic grosses come from The Dark Knight, which was a $500 million once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon.) If Inception maintains its miniscule weekend drops, Nolan could shrink that $47 million margin within the month.

I’m not a huge fan of Nolan – The Dark Knight was an utter snooze, and I found Inception, with its dazzling setpieces, more diverting than deep. My favorite Nolan remains Insomnia, which had Al Pacino facing off against Robin Williams without – gasp! – a ton of scenery chewing. For that achievement alone, Nolan deserved an Oscar.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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