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Top Grossing Director at the Domestic Box OfficeBETA


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This list shows the highest grossing Directors based on the domestic box office of the movies they worked on.

Since we are still actively researching technical roles, we consider this chart to be in beta mode. The table includes data for movies in The Numbers database. While we make every effort to collect all available data, there are inevitably omissions and errors. Please help us by sending corrections to corrections@the-numbers.com.

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Steven Spielberg
Best known as an Executive Producer based on credits in that role in 47 films.
Top films contributed to this record: ET: The Extra-Terrestrial ($435,110,554 in 1982), Jurassic Park ($395,708,305 in 1993), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($317,101,119 in 2008), Jaws ($260,000,000 in 1975), War of the Worlds ($234,280,354 in 2005), The Lost World: Jurassic Park ($229,086,679 in 1997), Raiders of the Lost Ark ($225,686,079 in 1981), Saving Private Ryan ($216,335,085 in 1998), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ($197,171,806 in 1989), Lincoln ($182,207,973 in 2012)

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Michael Bay
Best known as a Producer based on credits in that role in 22 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($402,111,870 in 2009), Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($352,390,543 in 2011), Transformers ($319,246,193 in 2007), Transformers: Age of Extinction ($245,439,076 in 2014), Armageddon ($201,578,182 in 1998), Pearl Harbor ($198,539,855 in 2001), Bad Boys II ($138,540,870 in 2003), The Rock ($134,069,511 in 1996), Transformers: The Last Knight ($130,168,683 in 2017), Bad Boys ($65,647,413 in 1995)

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Peter Jackson
Best known as a Producer based on credits in that role in 12 films.
Top films contributed to this record: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($377,845,905 in 2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ($342,548,984 in 2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ($315,544,750 in 2001), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($303,003,568 in 2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ($258,366,855 in 2013), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ($255,119,788 in 2014), King Kong ($218,080,025 in 2005), The Lovely Bones ($44,114,232 in 2009), The Frighteners ($16,553,635 in 1996), Heavenly Creatures ($3,046,086 in 1994)

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Complete List

Rank Name Domestic
Box Office
Movies Average
1 Steven Spielberg $4,533,846,204 35 $129,538,463
2 Michael Bay $2,326,279,619 14 $166,162,830
3 Peter Jackson $2,134,466,451 11 $194,042,405
4 Ron Howard $2,098,897,155 26 $80,726,814
5 Robert Zemeckis $2,090,823,381 19 $110,043,336
6 Christopher Nolan $2,003,488,880 11 $182,135,353
7 James Cameron $1,973,102,841 13 $151,777,142
8 Clint Eastwood $1,854,730,516 36 $51,520,292
9 Tim Burton $1,837,026,476 19 $96,685,604
10 Chris Columbus $1,749,668,269 16 $109,354,267
11 George Lucas $1,741,495,001 6 $290,249,167
12 J.J. Abrams $1,683,676,432 6 $280,612,739
13 Ridley Scott $1,660,578,335 26 $63,868,398
14 David Yates $1,631,639,095 8 $203,954,887
15 Gore Verbinski $1,529,314,174 12 $127,442,848
16 Sam Raimi $1,525,472,659 15 $101,698,177
17 Francis Lawrence $1,481,481,244 9 $164,609,027
18 Joe Russo $1,420,182,839 5 $284,036,568
19 Anthony Russo $1,420,182,839 5 $284,036,568
20 Brad Bird $1,342,849,716 6 $223,808,286
21 Jon Favreau $1,333,583,909 9 $148,175,990
22 Zack Snyder $1,319,613,325 10 $131,961,333
23 Roland Emmerich $1,292,215,661 16 $80,763,479
24 M. Night Shyamalan $1,233,411,971 12 $102,784,331
25 Bill Condon $1,233,310,194 12 $102,775,850
26 Pierre Coffin $1,220,249,440 4 $305,062,360
27 Chris Renaud $1,201,994,200 5 $240,398,840
28 Andrew Stanton $1,163,691,774 4 $290,922,944
29 Andrew Adamson $1,154,728,281 6 $192,454,714
30 Bryan Singer $1,142,233,627 10 $114,223,363
31 Brett Ratner $1,141,127,806 13 $87,779,062
32 Shawn Levy $1,129,776,862 11 $102,706,987
33 Joss Whedon $1,112,128,782 5 $222,425,756
34 Ivan Reitman $1,099,653,197 15 $73,310,213
35 Dennis Dugan $1,095,764,223 14 $78,268,873
36 Jay Roach $1,095,117,925 13 $84,239,840
37 Tony Scott $1,091,275,510 16 $68,204,719
38 Richard Donner $1,086,785,566 17 $63,928,563
39 Barry Sonnenfeld $1,075,149,233 13 $82,703,787
40 Steven Soderbergh $1,074,438,097 31 $34,659,293
41 John Lasseter $1,051,071,233 7 $150,153,033
42 Todd Phillips $1,037,248,849 9 $115,249,872
43 Martin Scorsese $1,034,417,419 28 $36,943,479
44 Garry Marshall $1,023,085,661 18 $56,838,092
45 Joel Schumacher $961,222,524 23 $41,792,284
46 Conrad Vernon $953,639,613 5 $190,727,923
47 Pete Docter $938,889,300 3 $312,963,100
48 Tom McGrath $913,580,769 5 $182,716,154
49 Tyler Perry $907,591,857 21 $43,218,660
50 Jon Turteltaub $907,402,913 12 $75,616,909
51 Tom Shadyac $890,515,488 8 $111,314,436
52 Carlos Saldanha $879,704,944 8 $109,963,118
53 Rob Minkoff $866,162,050 7 $123,737,436
54 David Fincher $863,491,953 11 $78,499,268
55 Justin Lin $846,224,716 11 $76,929,520
56 Sam Mendes $833,597,839 9 $92,621,982
57 Ryan Coogler $825,781,441 3 $275,260,480
58 Sydney Pollack $815,504,532 17 $47,970,855
59 Joe Johnston $809,776,202 10 $80,977,620
60 Barry Levinson $809,277,910 24 $33,719,913
61 Tim Story $804,241,611 11 $73,112,874
62 Peter Segal $803,914,022 10 $80,391,402
63 Bobby Farrelly $791,985,690 13 $60,921,976
64 Raja Gosnell $789,717,388 9 $87,746,376
65 James Wan $786,441,493 8 $98,305,187
66 James Mangold $782,240,174 13 $60,172,321
67 Mike Nichols $780,140,193 18 $43,341,122
68 Wolfgang Petersen $776,217,802 11 $70,565,255
69 Oliver Stone $765,612,122 19 $40,295,375
70 Eric Darnell $764,270,657 5 $152,854,131
71 F. Gary Gray $757,018,128 11 $68,819,830
72 Paul Greengrass $740,797,555 8 $92,599,694
73 James Gunn $739,955,832 6 $123,325,972
74 Gareth Edwards $733,090,694 3 $244,363,565
75 Gary Ross $724,202,515 6 $120,700,419
76 Ron Clements $720,172,195 5 $144,034,439
77 John Musker $720,172,195 5 $144,034,439
78 Andy Wachowski $714,643,346 7 $102,091,907
79 Phil Lord $712,821,997 5 $142,564,399
80 Christopher Miller $712,821,997 4 $178,205,499
81 Martin Campbell $711,569,190 12 $59,297,433
82 Robert Rodriguez $710,643,930 23 $30,897,562
83 Stephen Sommers $707,394,748 9 $78,599,416
84 Adam Shankman $697,373,817 9 $77,485,980
85 Francis Ford Coppola $692,444,040 22 $31,474,729
86 John Landis $687,434,000 17 $40,437,294
87 Rian Johnson $686,667,587 2 $343,333,794
88 Rob Reiner $678,286,617 20 $33,914,331
89 Peter Berg $677,909,547 11 $61,628,141
90 Peter Farrelly $673,650,769 13 $51,819,290
91 Colin Trevorrow $660,569,686 4 $165,142,422
92 Kelly Asbury $659,429,509 4 $164,857,377
93 Byron Howard $656,143,763 3 $218,714,588
94 Quentin Tarantino $653,769,492 11 $59,433,590
95 Adam McKay $649,651,634 9 $72,183,515
96 Rob Cohen $644,220,722 15 $42,948,048
97 George Miller $642,001,699 13 $49,384,746
98 Antoine Fuqua $640,369,012 17 $37,668,765
99 Peyton Reed $638,246,507 6 $106,374,418
100 Kenneth Branagh $633,008,626 17 $37,235,802

The Domestic Market is defined as the North American movie territory (consisting of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam).

This table is updated daily to reflect the latest studio reports.

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.

Image attributions

Steven Spielberg: By Romain DUBOIS (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Michael Bay: By Romina Espinosa at rominaespinosa.com [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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