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Top Grossing Cinematographer at the Domestic Box OfficeBETA


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This list shows the highest grossing Cinematographers 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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John Schwartzman
Best known as a Cinematographer based on credits in that role in 23 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Jurassic World ($652,270,625 in 2015), Meet the Fockers ($279,167,575 in 2004), The Amazing Spider-Man ($262,030,663 in 2012), National Treasure: Book of Secrets ($219,961,501 in 2007), Armageddon ($201,578,182 in 1998), Pearl Harbor ($198,539,855 in 2001), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian ($177,243,721 in 2009), The Rock ($134,069,511 in 1996), Seabiscuit ($120,277,854 in 2003), Fifty Shades Darker ($114,434,010 in 2017)

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Dean Semler
Best known as a Cinematographer based on credits in that role in 32 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Bruce Almighty ($242,704,995 in 2003), Maleficent ($241,407,328 in 2014), Dances with Wolves ($184,208,842 in 1990), 2012 ($166,112,167 in 2009), The Longest Yard ($158,119,460 in 2005), xXx ($141,930,000 in 2002), Click ($137,355,633 in 2006), Get Smart ($130,319,208 in 2008), City Slickers ($124,033,791 in 1991), Nutty Professor II: The Klumps ($123,307,945 in 2000)

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Andrew Lesnie
Best known as a Cinematographer based on credits in that role in 13 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), I am Legend ($256,393,010 in 2007), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ($255,119,788 in 2014), King Kong ($218,080,025 in 2005), Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($176,760,185 in 2011), The Last Airbender ($131,772,187 in 2010)

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Complete List

Rank Name Domestic
Box Office
Movies Average
1 John Schwartzman $3,023,851,023 23 $131,471,784
2 Dean Semler $2,891,745,166 32 $90,367,036
3 Andrew Lesnie $2,683,749,606 13 $206,442,277
4 Dariusz Wolski $2,673,455,258 22 $121,520,694
5 Don Burgess $2,645,039,355 26 $101,732,283
6 Janusz Kaminski $2,534,402,673 22 $115,200,122
7 Jeremy Lasky $2,327,448,483 8 $290,931,060
8 Dean Cundey $2,249,457,350 25 $89,978,294
9 Bill Pope $2,159,171,518 18 $119,953,973
10 David Tattersall $2,108,043,277 21 $100,383,013
11 Dan Mindel $2,029,765,882 12 $169,147,157
12 Wally Pfister $1,807,033,870 9 $200,781,541
13 Oliver Wood $1,794,457,700 21 $85,450,367
14 Russell Carpenter $1,779,050,038 19 $93,634,213
15 Amir Mokri $1,743,284,693 18 $96,849,150
16 Roger Deakins $1,678,392,788 25 $67,135,712
17 Seamus McGarvey $1,642,010,016 18 $91,222,779
18 Robert Richardson $1,602,790,222 23 $69,686,531
19 John Seale $1,590,277,429 14 $113,591,245
20 Philippe Rousselot $1,581,687,157 19 $83,246,692
21 Trent Opaloch $1,573,942,199 6 $262,323,700
22 Tom Stern $1,557,833,012 17 $91,637,236
23 Guillermo Navarro $1,550,714,166 13 $119,285,705
24 Donald M. McAlpine $1,506,396,718 15 $100,426,448
25 Mauro Fiore $1,494,202,137 19 $78,642,218
26 Javier Aguirresarobe $1,411,152,850 15 $94,076,857
27 Stephen F. Windon $1,382,502,588 7 $197,500,370
28 Ben Davis $1,379,994,339 16 $86,249,646
29 Matthew Libatique $1,376,330,939 17 $80,960,643
30 Julio Macat $1,370,859,270 16 $85,678,704
31 Newton Thomas Sigel $1,282,026,646 17 $75,413,332
32 Tobias Schliessler $1,259,416,533 11 $114,492,412
33 John Toll $1,209,286,376 15 $80,619,092
34 Robert Elswit $1,187,788,735 22 $53,990,397
35 Phedon Papamichael $1,168,800,569 19 $61,515,819
36 John Mathieson $1,125,039,794 17 $66,178,811
37 Sharon Calahan $1,118,712,888 5 $223,742,578
38 Barry Peterson $1,107,104,683 14 $79,078,906
39 Roger Pratt $1,104,249,356 8 $138,031,170
40 Robert Yeoman $1,098,995,624 16 $68,687,227
41 Larry Fong $1,097,658,414 8 $137,207,302
42 Salvatore Totino $1,073,527,666 12 $89,460,639
43 Dante Spinotti $1,054,837,246 19 $55,517,750
44 Mitchell Amundsen $1,049,948,521 12 $87,495,710
45 Emmanuel Lubezki $1,047,138,647 16 $65,446,165
46 Stephen Goldblatt $1,010,828,101 12 $84,235,675
47 Lawrence Sher $998,282,083 11 $90,752,917
48 Florian Ballhaus $987,968,393 14 $70,569,171
49 Michael Ballhaus $956,253,871 12 $79,687,823
50 Patrick Lin $910,906,967 3 $303,635,656
51 Dion Beebe $910,797,383 13 $70,061,337
52 Michael Barrett $898,704,082 17 $52,864,946
53 Greig Fraser $895,497,123 9 $99,499,680
54 Adam Greenberg $889,722,688 11 $80,883,881
55 Steve Yedlin $884,545,536 9 $98,282,837
56 Jack N. Green $883,517,932 12 $73,626,494
57 Allen Daviau $880,362,542 7 $125,766,077
58 Theo Van de Sande $875,883,626 13 $67,375,664
59 Andrew Dunn $875,497,859 15 $58,366,524
60 Bojan Bazelli $870,886,664 11 $79,171,515
61 Phil Meheux $848,860,619 10 $84,886,062
62 Karl Walter Lindenlaub $840,533,523 12 $70,044,460
63 Ben Seresin $835,712,103 7 $119,387,443
64 Eduardo Serra $814,356,865 5 $162,871,373
65 Caleb Deschanel $809,829,192 11 $73,620,836
66 Peter Deming $802,415,125 15 $53,494,342
67 Tak Fujimoto $800,600,656 8 $100,075,082
68 Peter Andrews $797,602,524 12 $66,466,877
69 Douglas Slocombe $794,411,305 6 $132,401,884
70 Jo Willems $789,261,097 5 $157,852,219
71 Ueli Steiger $762,291,788 9 $84,699,088
72 Renato Falcao $758,587,560 6 $126,431,260
73 Matthew F. Leonetti $750,396,858 11 $68,217,896
74 Rachel Morrison $735,624,091 11 $66,874,917
75 Shelly Johnson $729,151,537 11 $66,286,503
76 Simon Duggan $725,143,800 8 $90,642,975
77 Hoyte Van Hoytema $721,495,002 7 $103,070,715
78 Michael Seresin $716,081,960 7 $102,297,423
79 Claudio Miranda $714,205,096 9 $79,356,122
80 Paul Cameron $710,827,559 10 $71,082,756
81 Haris Zambarloukos $703,864,685 8 $87,983,086
82 Greg Gardiner $679,641,733 13 $52,280,133
83 Jonathan Sela $662,561,806 7 $94,651,687
84 James Cameron $659,363,944 1 $659,363,944
85 Richard A. Harris $659,363,944 1 $659,363,944
86 Conrad Buff $659,363,944 1 $659,363,944
87 Peter Lyons Collister $658,588,316 6 $109,764,719
88 Don Peterman $649,592,207 4 $162,398,052
89 Rodrigo Prieto $648,380,003 12 $54,031,667
90 Stuart Dryburgh $623,647,685 14 $44,546,263
91 Charles Minsky $623,412,881 8 $77,926,610
92 Russell Boyd $611,550,008 5 $122,310,002
93 Laszlo Kovacs $608,485,556 6 $101,414,259
94 Peter James $599,179,551 6 $99,863,259
95 Peter Menzies $587,204,057 6 $97,867,343
96 Gyula Pados $584,302,544 6 $97,383,757
97 Russ Alsobrook $583,870,945 8 $72,983,868
98 Gabriel Beristain $554,280,103 9 $61,586,678
99 Bruno Delbonnel $553,102,540 7 $79,014,649
100 Terry Stacey $551,105,121 15 $36,740,341

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.

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