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Top Grossing Composer at the Domestic Box OfficeBETA


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This list shows the highest grossing Composers 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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Hans Zimmer
Best known as a Composer based on credits in that role in 99 films, with $27,736,925,650 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1)
Top films contributed to this record: The Dark Knight ($533,345,358 in 2008), The Dark Knight Rises ($448,139,099 in 2012), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($423,315,812 in 2006), The Lion King ($422,780,140 in 1994), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($330,360,194 in 2016), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($309,420,425 in 2007), Inception ($292,576,195 in 2010), Man of Steel ($291,045,518 in 2013), Despicable Me ($251,513,985 in 2010), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($241,063,875 in 2011)

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John Williams
Best known as a Composer based on credits in that role in 76 films, with $24,620,435,889 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #2)
Top films contributed to this record: Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens ($936,662,225 in 2015), Star Wars Ep. VIII: The Last Jedi ($620,181,382 in 2017), Star Wars Ep. I: The Phantom Menace ($474,544,677 in 1999), Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope ($460,998,007 in 1977), ET: The Extra-Terrestrial ($435,110,554 in 1982), Jurassic Park ($395,708,305 in 1993), Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith ($380,270,577 in 2005), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ($317,575,550 in 2001), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($317,101,119 in 2008), Star Wars Ep. II: Attack of the Clones ($310,676,740 in 2002)

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James Newton Howard
Best known as a Composer based on credits in that role in 116 films, with $17,370,684,328 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #3)
Top films contributed to this record: The Dark Knight ($533,345,358 in 2008), The Hunger Games ($408,010,692 in 2012), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 ($337,135,885 in 2014), The Sixth Sense ($293,506,292 in 1999), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 ($281,723,902 in 2015), I am Legend ($256,393,010 in 2007), Maleficent ($241,407,328 in 2014), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ($234,037,575 in 2016), Signs ($227,969,295 in 2002), King Kong ($218,080,025 in 2005)

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Complete List

Rank Name Domestic
Box Office
Movies Average
1 Hans Zimmer $11,162,595,781 99 $112,753,493
2 John Williams $11,151,501,606 76 $146,730,284
3 James Newton Howard $8,232,566,913 116 $70,970,404
4 Danny Elfman $7,519,273,173 94 $79,992,268
5 Alan Silvestri $7,344,125,450 90 $81,601,394
6 James Horner $6,175,300,015 101 $61,141,584
7 Michael Giacchino $5,856,350,893 36 $162,676,414
8 John Powell $5,457,092,778 51 $107,001,819
9 John Debney $5,414,204,458 89 $60,833,758
10 Howard Shore $4,318,509,481 63 $68,547,770
11 Christophe Beck $4,280,484,067 69 $62,036,001
12 Thomas Newman $4,253,256,284 77 $55,237,095
13 Jerry Goldsmith $3,847,385,052 104 $36,994,087
14 Harry Gregson-Williams $3,793,557,145 49 $77,419,534
15 Brian Tyler $3,424,356,085 49 $69,884,818
16 David Newman $3,313,279,767 75 $44,177,064
17 Henry Jackman $3,185,829,565 28 $113,779,627
18 Alexandre Desplat $3,090,017,964 47 $65,745,063
19 Marco Beltrami $3,085,701,390 59 $52,300,024
20 Carter Burwell $2,974,982,033 83 $35,843,157
21 Randy Newman $2,966,497,085 24 $123,604,045
22 Mark Mothersbaugh $2,879,423,077 67 $42,976,464
23 Steve Jablonsky $2,387,384,737 25 $95,495,389
24 Trevor Rabin $2,373,742,222 38 $62,466,901
25 Theodore Shapiro $2,353,875,993 52 $45,266,846
26 Mark Isham $2,233,655,363 92 $24,278,863
27 Rupert Gregson-Williams $2,226,255,474 28 $79,509,124
28 Michael Kamen $2,103,070,280 52 $40,443,659
29 Tyler Bates $2,061,603,154 38 $54,252,715
30 Heitor Pereira $2,043,103,606 25 $81,724,144
31 Patrick Doyle $2,004,961,884 46 $43,586,128
32 John Ottman $1,924,204,475 31 $62,071,112
33 David Arnold $1,880,928,017 23 $81,779,479
34 Christopher Lennertz $1,873,490,775 28 $66,910,385
35 Graeme Revell $1,873,074,779 71 $26,381,335
36 Christopher Young $1,872,646,108 67 $27,949,942
37 Aaron Zigman $1,808,704,105 48 $37,681,336
38 Mark Mancina $1,685,885,927 27 $62,440,220
39 Alan Menken $1,649,679,557 9 $183,297,729
40 Rolfe Kent $1,431,862,847 39 $36,714,432
41 Teddy Castellucci $1,429,708,472 19 $75,247,814
42 George S. Clinton $1,352,678,063 45 $30,059,513
43 Lalo Schifrin $1,260,522,853 39 $32,321,099
44 Ludwig Goransson $1,233,852,670 11 $112,168,425
45 Ramin Djawadi $1,192,448,612 19 $62,760,453
46 George Fenton $1,105,286,560 57 $19,390,992
47 Michael Andrews $1,027,653,160 25 $41,106,126
48 Craig Armstrong $1,013,969,391 26 $38,998,823
49 Mychael Danna $987,639,607 40 $24,690,990
50 Basil Poledouris $975,938,586 44 $22,180,422
51 Lorne Balfe $926,684,012 23 $40,290,609
52 Marc Shaiman $913,686,308 14 $65,263,308
53 Klaus Badelt $861,849,092 30 $28,728,303
54 Steven Price $855,091,052 7 $122,155,865
55 Harold Faltermeyer $836,663,730 12 $69,721,978
56 Benjamin Wallfisch $795,118,984 14 $56,794,213
57 Elliot Goldenthal $728,566,425 8 $91,070,803
58 Jon Brion $717,423,672 13 $55,186,436
59 Joseph Trapanese $682,121,241 8 $85,265,155
60 Ennio Morricone $678,782,176 26 $26,107,007
61 Junkie XL $666,650,239 5 $133,330,048
62 Dario Marianelli $663,380,347 25 $26,535,214
63 Don Davis $642,836,796 4 $160,709,199
64 Rachel Portman $642,665,991 22 $29,212,091
65 Nicholas Hooper $638,554,208 5 $127,710,842
66 John Morris $637,239,227 29 $21,973,766
67 Harald Kloser $623,885,237 5 $124,777,047
68 Randy Edelman $618,706,172 10 $61,870,617
69 Lyle Workman $617,164,301 11 $56,105,846
70 Elmer Bernstein $596,635,363 10 $59,663,536
71 Terence Blanchard $580,743,048 32 $18,148,220
72 Bruce Broughton $579,515,664 37 $15,662,586
73 Tom Holkenborg $562,551,908 6 $93,758,651
74 Andrew Lockington $555,828,953 13 $42,756,073
75 Atticus Ross $548,473,797 11 $49,861,254
76 Joseph Bishara $547,753,971 9 $60,861,552
77 David Holmes $530,492,407 16 $33,155,775
78 Edward Shearmur $523,771,526 13 $40,290,117
79 Robert Rodriguez $507,069,776 9 $56,341,086
80 Charlie Clouser $485,783,059 10 $48,578,306
81 John Paesano $467,976,262 10 $46,797,626
82 Geoff Zanelli $448,955,488 14 $32,068,249
83 Pharrell Williams $438,627,742 3 $146,209,247
84 J. Peter Robinson $434,902,407 24 $18,120,934
85 Maurice Jarre $426,072,715 4 $106,518,179
86 Nathaniel Mechaly $417,811,561 7 $59,687,366
87 Brad Fiedel $415,513,748 5 $83,102,750
88 Clint Mansell $413,854,815 24 $17,243,951
89 Trent Reznor $399,132,037 4 $99,783,009
90 Lennie Niehaus $395,635,655 7 $56,519,379
91 Alex Wurman $384,793,150 6 $64,132,192
92 Nick Glennie-Smith $383,457,650 5 $76,691,530
93 Gabriel Yared $380,237,739 12 $31,686,478
94 Clint Eastwood $380,140,933 8 $47,517,617
95 David Kitay $375,397,438 5 $75,079,488
96 Richard Gibbs $366,880,333 8 $45,860,042
97 Matthew Margeson $364,027,816 8 $45,503,477
98 Michael Brook $361,985,421 24 $15,082,726
99 David Buckley $361,283,535 10 $36,128,354
100 Marcus Miller $360,863,135 18 $20,047,952

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

Hans Zimmer: Richard Yaussi [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

John Williams: TashTish at en.wikipedia [GFDL or CC-BY-3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

James Newton Howard: By JNH et HZ.jpg: Yann de la marnederivative work: Butko [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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