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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 19 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 $4,522,891,190 34 $133,026,211
2 Michael Bay $2,326,279,619 13 $178,944,586
3 Peter Jackson $2,134,466,451 11 $194,042,405
4 Robert Zemeckis $2,090,823,381 19 $110,043,336
5 Christopher Nolan $2,003,488,880 11 $182,135,353
6 James Cameron $1,973,102,841 13 $151,777,142
7 Ron Howard $1,884,955,577 26 $72,498,291
8 Clint Eastwood $1,854,730,516 35 $52,992,300
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 $1,481,251,450 8 $185,156,431
18 Jon Favreau $1,333,583,909 10 $133,358,391
19 Zack Snyder $1,319,613,325 10 $131,961,333
20 Roland Emmerich $1,292,215,661 15 $86,147,711
21 M. Night Shyamalan $1,233,411,971 12 $102,784,331
22 Pierre Coffin $1,220,249,440 4 $305,062,360
23 Chris Renaud $1,201,994,200 5 $240,398,840
24 Andrew Stanton $1,163,691,774 4 $290,922,944
25 Andrew Adamson $1,154,728,281 6 $192,454,714
26 Bryan Singer $1,142,233,627 10 $114,223,363
27 Brett Ratner $1,141,127,806 13 $87,779,062
28 Shawn Levy $1,129,776,862 11 $102,706,987
29 Joss Whedon $1,112,128,782 5 $222,425,756
30 Ivan Reitman $1,099,653,197 15 $73,310,213
31 Dennis Dugan $1,095,764,223 14 $78,268,873
32 Jay Roach $1,095,117,925 12 $91,259,827
33 Tony Scott $1,091,275,510 16 $68,204,719
34 Richard Donner $1,086,785,566 17 $63,928,563
35 Barry Sonnenfeld $1,075,149,233 13 $82,703,787
36 Steven Soderbergh $1,074,438,097 30 $35,814,603
37 John Lasseter $1,051,071,233 7 $150,153,033
38 Todd Phillips $1,037,248,849 9 $115,249,872
39 Martin Scorsese $1,034,417,419 28 $36,943,479
40 Garry Marshall $1,023,085,661 18 $56,838,092
41 Joel Schumacher $961,222,524 24 $40,050,939
42 Conrad Vernon $953,639,613 4 $238,409,903
43 Tom McGrath $913,580,769 5 $182,716,154
44 Jon Turteltaub $907,402,913 12 $75,616,909
45 Tyler Perry $905,023,173 21 $43,096,342
46 Tom Shadyac $890,515,488 7 $127,216,498
47 Carlos Saldanha $879,617,299 8 $109,952,162
48 Rob Minkoff $867,156,907 7 $123,879,558
49 David Fincher $863,491,953 11 $78,499,268
50 Justin Lin $846,224,716 9 $94,024,968
51 Sam Mendes $833,597,839 7 $119,085,406
52 Sydney Pollack $815,504,532 17 $47,970,855
53 Joe Johnston $809,776,202 10 $80,977,620
54 Barry Levinson $809,277,910 24 $33,719,913
55 Ryan Coogler $807,241,315 3 $269,080,438
56 Tim Story $804,241,611 11 $73,112,874
57 Peter Segal $803,914,022 10 $80,391,402
58 Brad Bird $793,880,276 6 $132,313,379
59 Bobby Farrelly $791,985,690 13 $60,921,976
60 James Wan $786,441,493 8 $98,305,187
61 James Mangold $782,240,174 11 $71,112,743
62 Mike Nichols $780,140,193 18 $43,341,122
63 Wolfgang Petersen $776,217,802 10 $77,621,780
64 Raja Gosnell $772,020,007 9 $85,780,001
65 Oliver Stone $765,612,122 19 $40,295,375
66 Eric Darnell $764,270,657 5 $152,854,131
67 F. Gary Gray $757,018,128 10 $75,701,813
68 Anthony Russo $743,633,317 5 $148,726,663
69 Joe Russo $743,633,317 5 $148,726,663
70 Paul Greengrass $740,797,555 8 $92,599,694
71 James Gunn $739,955,832 6 $123,325,972
72 Gareth Edwards $733,090,694 3 $244,363,565
73 Ron Clements $720,172,195 5 $144,034,439
74 John Musker $720,172,195 5 $144,034,439
75 Andy Wachowski $714,643,346 7 $102,091,907
76 Phil Lord $712,821,997 4 $178,205,499
77 Martin Campbell $711,569,190 12 $59,297,433
78 Robert Rodriguez $710,643,930 22 $32,301,997
79 Stephen Sommers $707,394,748 9 $78,599,416
80 Adam Shankman $697,373,817 8 $87,171,727
81 Francis Ford Coppola $692,444,040 22 $31,474,729
82 John Landis $687,434,000 17 $40,437,294
83 Rian Johnson $686,667,587 2 $343,333,794
84 Rob Reiner $678,286,617 20 $33,914,331
85 Peter Berg $677,909,547 11 $61,628,141
86 Peter Farrelly $673,650,769 12 $56,137,564
87 Colin Trevorrow $660,569,686 3 $220,189,895
88 Kelly Asbury $659,429,509 4 $164,857,377
89 Byron Howard $656,143,763 3 $218,714,588
90 Quentin Tarantino $653,769,492 10 $65,376,949
91 Adam McKay $649,651,634 8 $81,206,454
92 Pete Docter $649,465,875 2 $324,732,938
93 Rob Cohen $644,215,214 14 $46,015,372
94 George Miller $642,001,699 13 $49,384,746
95 Kenneth Branagh $633,008,626 17 $37,235,802
96 Brian De Palma $628,505,892 25 $25,140,236
97 Antoine Fuqua $626,814,012 15 $41,787,601
98 Sylvester Stallone $626,039,003 8 $78,254,875
99 Nancy Meyers $625,578,930 6 $104,263,155
100 Lee Unkrich $624,723,654 2 $312,361,827

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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