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Top Grossing Director at the Domestic Box OfficeBETA


See also: Top Domestic Art Directors - Top Domestic Assistant Directors - Top Domestic Associate Producers - Top Domestic Casting Directors - Top Domestic Cinematographers - Top Domestic Co-Producers - Top Domestic Composers - Top Domestic Costume Designers - Top Domestic Costume Supervisors - Top Domestic Dialogue Editors - Top Domestic Editors - Top Domestic Executive Producers - Top Domestic Make-up and Hair Designers - Top Domestic Music Editors - Top Domestic Music Supervisors - Top Domestic Producers - Top Domestic Production Designers - Top Domestic Re-recording Mixers - Top Domestic Screenwriters - Top Domestic Set Decorators - Top Domestic Set Designers - Top Domestic Sound Designers - Top Domestic Sound Effects Editors - Top Domestic Sound Mixers - Top Domestic Story Creators - Top Domestic Stunt Coordinators - Top Domestic Supervising Sound Editors - Top Domestic Unit Production Managers - Top Domestic Visual Effects Supervisors - Top International Directors - Top Worldwide Directors

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, with $12,580,934,728 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #8)
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 21 films, with $3,169,338,960 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #59)
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, with $7,128,070,886 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #10)
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 $4,533,524,128 35 $129,529,261
2 Michael Bay $2,326,279,619 14 $166,162,830
3 Peter Jackson $2,134,466,451 11 $194,042,405
4 Robert Zemeckis $2,090,823,381 19 $110,043,336
5 Ron Howard $2,082,852,578 26 $80,109,715
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 Anthony Russo $1,409,478,589 5 $281,895,718
19 Joe Russo $1,409,478,589 5 $281,895,718
20 Jon Favreau $1,333,583,909 9 $148,175,990
21 Zack Snyder $1,319,613,325 10 $131,961,333
22 Roland Emmerich $1,292,215,661 16 $80,763,479
23 M. Night Shyamalan $1,233,411,971 12 $102,784,331
24 Bill Condon $1,233,310,194 12 $102,775,850
25 Pierre Coffin $1,220,249,440 4 $305,062,360
26 Chris Renaud $1,201,994,200 5 $240,398,840
27 Andrew Stanton $1,163,691,774 4 $290,922,944
28 Andrew Adamson $1,154,728,281 6 $192,454,714
29 Bryan Singer $1,142,233,627 10 $114,223,363
30 Brett Ratner $1,141,127,806 13 $87,779,062
31 Shawn Levy $1,129,776,862 11 $102,706,987
32 Joss Whedon $1,112,128,782 5 $222,425,756
33 Ivan Reitman $1,099,653,197 15 $73,310,213
34 Dennis Dugan $1,095,764,223 14 $78,268,873
35 Jay Roach $1,095,117,925 13 $84,239,840
36 Tony Scott $1,091,275,510 16 $68,204,719
37 Richard Donner $1,086,785,566 17 $63,928,563
38 Barry Sonnenfeld $1,075,149,233 13 $82,703,787
39 Steven Soderbergh $1,074,438,097 31 $34,659,293
40 John Lasseter $1,051,071,233 7 $150,153,033
41 Todd Phillips $1,037,248,849 9 $115,249,872
42 Martin Scorsese $1,034,417,419 28 $36,943,479
43 Brad Bird $1,027,255,812 6 $171,209,302
44 Garry Marshall $1,023,085,661 18 $56,838,092
45 Joel Schumacher $961,222,524 24 $40,050,939
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 7 $127,216,498
52 Carlos Saldanha $879,704,944 8 $109,963,118
53 Rob Minkoff $867,156,907 7 $123,879,558
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 $825,508,209 3 $275,169,403
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 $789,194,951 9 $87,688,328
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 John Musker $720,172,195 5 $144,034,439
76 Ron Clements $720,172,195 5 $144,034,439
77 Andy Wachowski $714,643,346 7 $102,091,907
78 Phil Lord $712,821,997 5 $142,564,399
79 Christopher Miller $712,821,997 4 $178,205,499
80 Martin Campbell $711,569,190 12 $59,297,433
81 Robert Rodriguez $710,643,930 22 $32,301,997
82 Stephen Sommers $707,394,748 9 $78,599,416
83 Adam Shankman $697,373,817 9 $77,485,980
84 Francis Ford Coppola $692,444,040 22 $31,474,729
85 John Landis $687,434,000 17 $40,437,294
86 Rian Johnson $686,667,587 2 $343,333,794
87 Rob Reiner $678,286,617 20 $33,914,331
88 Peter Berg $677,909,547 11 $61,628,141
89 Gary Ross $674,045,537 6 $112,340,923
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 14 $46,015,766
97 George Miller $642,001,699 13 $49,384,746
98 Kenneth Branagh $633,008,626 17 $37,235,802
99 Brian De Palma $628,505,892 25 $25,140,236
100 Antoine Fuqua $626,814,012 17 $36,871,412

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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