more hope for a better Hollywood (from the U.K. box office)

The numbers are in for Inception’s debut in the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland: a smidge under £6 million, exactly on par with the $62.8 million it earned in North America last weekend. (That North American number is actually up from the Sunday estimates, by almost $2.5 million. That speaks to very strong word of mouth and/or repeat business: it means that the dropoff on Sunday from Saturday was less than is generally expected.)

And this is the good news. As Charles Gant at the Guardian’s Film blog notes, Inception has enjoyed the sixth biggest U.K. opening of 2010, behind:
Alice in Wonderland
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Iron Man 2
Sex and the City 2
Shrek Forever After

and ahead of:

Robin Hood
Clash of the Titans
How to Train Your Dragon

Why is this notable? Every single one of those films is a sequel, based on material moviegoers were already familiar with, or both. Now, the fact that most of these movies are sequels and/or familiar means that we’re sure to get more of the same. But at least one film in those ranks that’s truly original — as least as far as Hollywood goes; yes, it’s easy to see the many other films that Inception is reminiscent of — is better than none at all, and perhaps something that the Powers That Be will take note of.

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Wed, Jul 21, 2010 5:50pm

perhaps something that the Powers That Be will take note of.

Yeah right. Everyone will see Inception and be inspired by it, but past award season people will hunker back down to make their Sex and the City sequels.