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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 45 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 ($317,023,851 in 2008), Jaws ($260,000,000 in 1975), Raiders of the Lost Ark ($248,159,971 in 1981), War of the Worlds ($234,280,354 in 2005), The Lost World: Jurassic Park ($229,086,679 in 1997), 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 18 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 $4,337,320,915 33 $131,433,967
2 Michael Bay $2,326,279,619 13 $178,944,586
3 Peter Jackson $2,134,466,451 12 $177,872,204
4 Robert Zemeckis $2,099,170,408 19 $110,482,653
5 Christopher Nolan $2,001,466,146 11 $181,951,468
6 James Cameron $1,973,067,698 13 $151,774,438
7 Ron Howard $1,884,967,266 26 $72,498,741
8 Tim Burton $1,837,026,476 19 $96,685,604
9 Clint Eastwood $1,818,479,559 35 $51,956,559
10 Chris Columbus $1,749,649,868 16 $109,353,117
11 George Lucas $1,741,495,001 6 $290,249,167
12 J.J. Abrams $1,683,676,432 7 $240,525,205
13 Ridley Scott $1,635,254,592 26 $62,894,407
14 David Yates $1,631,639,095 8 $203,954,887
15 Gore Verbinski $1,529,094,148 12 $127,424,512
16 Sam Raimi $1,525,472,659 15 $101,698,177
17 Francis Lawrence $1,434,606,739 9 $159,400,749
18 Jon Favreau $1,333,455,900 10 $133,345,590
19 Zack Snyder $1,302,718,698 10 $130,271,870
20 Roland Emmerich $1,292,215,661 15 $86,147,711
21 M. Night Shyamalan $1,233,317,886 12 $102,776,491
22 Pierre Coffin $1,220,169,805 4 $305,042,451
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 $1,142,203,560 10 $114,220,356
27 Brett Ratner $1,141,127,806 14 $81,509,129
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 $1,066,748,053 29 $36,784,416
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 $1,034,577,379 28 $36,949,192
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 $913,416,839 5 $182,683,368
44 Jon Turteltaub $907,402,913 12 $75,616,909
45 Tom Shadyac $890,515,488 7 $127,216,498
46 Rob Minkoff $867,156,907 7 $123,879,558
47 Tyler Perry $864,014,859 20 $43,200,743
48 David Fincher $863,491,953 11 $78,499,268
49 Justin Lin $846,031,066 9 $94,003,452
50 Sam Mendes $833,557,979 7 $119,079,711
51 Sydney Pollack $815,504,532 17 $47,970,855
52 Joe Johnston $809,776,202 9 $89,975,134
53 Barry Levinson $809,277,910 24 $33,719,913
54 Tim Story $804,241,611 10 $80,424,161
55 Peter Segal $803,914,022 10 $80,391,402
56 Carlos Saldanha $795,294,564 8 $99,411,821
57 Brad Bird $793,880,276 6 $132,313,379
58 Bobby Farrelly $791,985,690 13 $60,921,976
59 James Wan $784,467,383 8 $98,058,423
60 James Mangold $782,240,174 11 $71,112,743
61 Mike Nichols $780,140,193 18 $43,341,122
62 Wolfgang Petersen $776,217,802 10 $77,621,780
63 Raja Gosnell $772,020,007 9 $85,780,001
64 Oliver Stone $765,612,122 19 $40,295,375
65 Eric Darnell $764,106,727 5 $152,821,345
66 F. Gary Gray $756,879,028 10 $75,687,903
67 Joe Russo $743,633,317 5 $148,726,663
68 Anthony Russo $743,633,317 5 $148,726,663
69 Paul Greengrass $740,797,555 8 $92,599,694
70 James Gunn $739,955,832 6 $123,325,972
71 Gareth Edwards $733,090,694 3 $244,363,565
72 Ron Clements $720,172,195 5 $144,034,439
73 John Musker $720,172,195 5 $144,034,439
74 Andy Wachowski $714,643,346 7 $102,091,907
75 Phil Lord $712,821,997 4 $178,205,499
76 Martin Campbell $711,483,991 13 $54,729,538
77 Robert Rodriguez $710,643,930 21 $33,840,187
78 Stephen Sommers $707,394,748 9 $78,599,416
79 Adam Shankman $697,373,817 8 $87,171,727
80 Francis Ford Coppola $692,444,040 22 $31,474,729
81 John Landis $687,434,000 17 $40,437,294
82 Rob Reiner $678,261,292 20 $33,913,065
83 Peter Berg $677,909,547 11 $61,628,141
84 Peter Farrelly $673,650,769 12 $56,137,564
85 Colin Trevorrow $660,497,071 3 $220,165,690
86 Kelly Asbury $659,420,429 4 $164,855,107
87 Byron Howard $656,143,763 3 $218,714,588
88 Quentin Tarantino $653,769,492 11 $59,433,590
89 Adam McKay $649,651,634 8 $81,206,454
90 Pete Docter $649,465,875 2 $324,732,938
91 George Miller $641,714,504 12 $53,476,209
92 Rob Cohen $637,522,213 14 $45,537,301
93 Brian De Palma $628,505,892 25 $25,140,236
94 Antoine Fuqua $626,809,205 16 $39,175,575
95 Sylvester Stallone $626,039,003 9 $69,559,889
96 Nancy Meyers $625,578,930 6 $104,263,155
97 Kenneth Branagh $622,951,929 15 $41,530,129
98 Rob Marshall $616,441,583 6 $102,740,264
99 Alfonso CuarĂ³n $614,039,788 8 $76,754,974
100 Chris Miller $610,428,115 4 $152,607,029

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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