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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 98 films.
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 75 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens ($936,662,225 in 2015), 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 ($317,023,851 in 2008), Star Wars Ep. II: Attack of the Clones ($310,676,740 in 2002), Star Wars Ep. VI: Return of the Jedi ($309,205,079 in 1983)

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James Newton Howard
Best known as a Composer based on credits in that role in 114 films.
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 $11,159,299,903 98 $113,870,407
2 John Williams $10,358,969,281 75 $138,119,590
3 James Newton Howard $8,185,458,443 114 $71,802,267
4 Danny Elfman $7,418,605,243 90 $82,428,947
5 Alan Silvestri $6,860,522,046 90 $76,228,023
6 James Horner $6,231,813,713 102 $61,096,213
7 Michael Giacchino $5,563,984,636 36 $154,555,129
8 John Debney $5,234,666,982 88 $59,484,852
9 John Powell $5,189,812,667 50 $103,796,253
10 Howard Shore $4,314,436,033 61 $70,728,460
11 Christophe Beck $4,275,514,214 67 $63,813,645
12 Thomas Newman $4,253,149,462 77 $55,235,707
13 Jerry Goldsmith $3,847,385,052 104 $36,994,087
14 Harry Gregson-Williams $3,785,017,454 46 $82,282,988
15 Brian Tyler $3,422,188,325 48 $71,295,590
16 David Newman $3,313,279,767 74 $44,774,051
17 Alexandre Desplat $3,029,776,460 45 $67,328,366
18 Randy Newman $2,966,497,085 24 $123,604,045
19 Carter Burwell $2,941,842,461 83 $35,443,885
20 Marco Beltrami $2,898,608,047 58 $49,976,001
21 Mark Mothersbaugh $2,867,876,181 65 $44,121,172
22 Henry Jackman $2,781,221,697 27 $103,008,211
23 Steve Jablonsky $2,387,384,737 24 $99,474,364
24 Trevor Rabin $2,373,742,221 38 $62,466,901
25 Theodore Shapiro $2,353,821,987 51 $46,153,372
26 Mark Isham $2,233,645,039 91 $24,545,550
27 Rupert Gregson-Williams $2,226,202,070 25 $89,048,083
28 Michael Kamen $2,103,070,280 52 $40,443,659
29 Heitor Pereira $2,025,901,892 24 $84,412,579
30 Patrick Doyle $1,999,385,951 45 $44,430,799
31 John Ottman $1,924,174,408 31 $62,070,142
32 Graeme Revell $1,912,306,849 72 $26,559,817
33 David Arnold $1,880,928,017 23 $81,779,479
34 Christopher Young $1,872,646,108 67 $27,949,942
35 Aaron Zigman $1,808,704,105 48 $37,681,336
36 Tyler Bates $1,764,602,264 38 $46,436,902
37 Christopher Lennertz $1,722,666,349 27 $63,802,457
38 Mark Mancina $1,685,786,858 27 $62,436,550
39 Alan Menken $1,492,573,916 9 $165,841,546
40 Teddy Castellucci $1,429,708,472 19 $75,247,814
41 Rolfe Kent $1,407,413,093 39 $36,087,515
42 George S. Clinton $1,352,642,392 45 $30,058,720
43 Lalo Schifrin $1,260,522,853 39 $32,321,099
44 George Fenton $1,105,245,962 55 $20,095,381
45 Ramin Djawadi $1,092,283,363 17 $64,251,963
46 Craig Armstrong $1,013,969,391 26 $38,998,823
47 Mychael Danna $986,309,257 40 $24,657,731
48 Basil Poledouris $975,938,586 44 $22,180,422
49 Michael Andrews $971,323,006 23 $42,231,435
50 Marc Shaiman $913,676,204 14 $65,262,586
51 Lorne Balfe $874,666,509 22 $39,757,569
52 Klaus Badelt $861,849,092 29 $29,718,934
53 Steven Price $855,019,622 7 $122,145,660
54 Harold Faltermeyer $836,663,730 12 $69,721,978
55 Benjamin Wallfisch $794,229,796 13 $61,094,600
56 Elliot Goldenthal $728,566,425 8 $91,070,803
57 Jon Brion $694,260,218 13 $53,404,632
58 Ennio Morricone $678,782,176 26 $26,107,007
59 Junkie XL $657,082,291 5 $131,416,458
60 Don Davis $642,836,796 4 $160,709,199
61 Rachel Portman $642,665,991 22 $29,212,091
62 Nicholas Hooper $638,554,208 5 $127,710,842
63 Harald Kloser $623,885,237 5 $124,777,047
64 Randy Edelman $618,123,487 10 $61,812,349
65 Dario Marianelli $605,325,581 26 $23,281,753
66 Elmer Bernstein $596,610,887 9 $66,290,099
67 Terence Blanchard $580,743,048 31 $18,733,647
68 Bruce Broughton $579,515,664 37 $15,662,586
69 Lyle Workman $568,441,027 10 $56,844,103
70 Atticus Ross $548,357,212 11 $49,850,656
71 David Holmes $530,492,407 16 $33,155,775
72 Edward Shearmur $523,771,526 13 $40,290,117
73 Joseph Trapanese $507,516,434 8 $63,439,554
74 Robert Rodriguez $507,069,776 9 $56,341,086
75 Tom Holkenborg $505,121,489 4 $126,280,372
76 Ludwig Goransson $500,194,012 11 $45,472,183
77 Charlie Clouser $485,728,856 10 $48,572,886
78 Joseph Bishara $480,406,076 8 $60,050,760
79 Andrew Lockington $459,321,074 13 $35,332,390
80 Geoff Zanelli $439,769,332 13 $33,828,410
81 Pharrell Williams $438,407,459 3 $146,135,820
82 J. Peter Robinson $434,902,407 24 $18,120,934
83 Maurice Jarre $426,072,715 4 $106,518,179
84 Nathaniel Mechaly $417,811,561 6 $69,635,260
85 Brad Fiedel $415,513,748 5 $83,102,750
86 Clint Mansell $413,854,815 24 $17,243,951
87 Trent Reznor $399,132,037 4 $99,783,009
88 Lennie Niehaus $395,635,655 7 $56,519,379
89 Alex Wurman $384,187,945 6 $64,031,324
90 Nick Glennie-Smith $383,457,650 5 $76,691,530
91 Gabriel Yared $380,237,739 12 $31,686,478
92 Clint Eastwood $380,140,933 8 $47,517,617
93 David Kitay $375,397,438 5 $75,079,488
94 Richard Gibbs $366,880,333 8 $45,860,042
95 Matthew Margeson $363,947,265 8 $45,493,408
96 Michael Brook $361,898,337 24 $15,079,097
97 David Buckley $361,283,535 9 $40,142,615
98 Marcus Miller $360,237,521 18 $20,013,196
99 A.R. Rahman $358,082,914 9 $39,786,990
100 Deborah Lurie $347,510,969 9 $38,612,330

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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