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Is Christopher Nolan Hollywood’s Highest Paid Director?

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London-born Nolan progressed from making films with Lego “actors” on his dad’s Super-8 cine camera as a child to being one of Hollywood’s all-time players.

Christopher Nolan has made a name for himself in the film industry by writing and directing some of the most cerebral and mind-bending films, of which includes the cult favorite, Memento, and huge blockbusters such as Inception, Interstellar, and The Dark Knight. The Nolan family is also instrumental to Christopher as his brother Jonathan is his writing partner, his actor uncle John has acted in his films and one of his sons made an appearance in Inception.

It was in 2000 when Nolan rose to international stardom with his neo-noir psychological thriller  Memento, a tricky psychological thriller based on a story penned by his brother, screenwriter Jonathan Nolan.

Ever since then Nolan released one smash hit after another, each bigger and more profitable than the previous one, so let’s take a look at how much film-star Christopher Nolan is currently raking in…

Christopher Nolan Net Worth As Of 2017: $180 million

$180 million is a stupid amount of money. But, I mean, it’s obviously well-deserved because as a screenwriter, film producer, film director, cinematographer and film editor this man does everything.


1989-2004

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 31: Director Christopher Nolan accepts the Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award at the 19th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence In Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 31, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

During the beginning of this period Nolan started off by doing a number of short films including Tarantula, Larceny, Doodlebug and Following. Some of these short films were a product of him as a film student at University College, London, where he met his wife Emma Thomas who produces all of his films.

As was said before, in 2000 his film Memento had propelled him into stardom, not to mention the film grossed $16.5 million over the budget.

From there, Nolan released hit after hit, each bigger and more profitable than the previous one. He is the man behind the 2002 remake of the Norwegian movie Insomnia (starring Al Pacino), as well as resurrecting the Batman franchise in 2005 with Batman Begins, in which Christian Bale was starring in the main role.


2005-2011

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As stardom began to rise for Christopher Nolan at this time he began his series of knockout films starting with Batman Begins in 2005 which made around $55 million and notched up more than $372m at the box office. In 2008, its sequel, The Dark Knight, grossed more than $1 billion. The following year his film The Prestige hit the big screen making about $13 million dollars and bringing in $53,082,743 at the box office.

Also during this time, mega-blockbusters The Dark Knight and Inception were released, Inception making ($825,000,000 overall). Nolan has been able to take these wildly unconventional storylines and ideas and turn them into blockbuster hits in a way that is unimaginable. Why is that? I’ll let Leo take it from here…


2013-Present

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This is a biased statement, but in 2014 he wrote one of the best films to date, Interstellar which made $47,510,360 the opening weekend and $187,991,439 overallNolan was the executive producer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 and Transcendence in 2014. Other than that he produced the documentary short Quay(2015), and Man Of Steel(2013) which he also wrote the story for.

Just recently, Dunkirk was just released. It follows the story of allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France all of whom are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

With Christopher Nolan’s track record, you’ll definitely want to make it out to go and see his new film.

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    New York born and raised, currently an undergrad at Binghamton University. So far, 80% of my life has been watching movies and the other 20% has been refreshing the Domino's Pizza tracker. I'll work on that.
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