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Top Grossing Screenwriter at the Domestic Box OfficeBETA


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This list shows the highest grossing Screenwriters 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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Steve Kloves
Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 10 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II ($381,011,219 in 2011), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ($317,575,550 in 2001), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($301,959,197 in 2009), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I ($295,983,305 in 2010), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ($290,013,036 in 2005), The Amazing Spider-Man ($262,030,663 in 2012), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ($261,987,880 in 2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ($249,538,952 in 2004), Wonder Boys ($19,389,454 in 2000), White Boy Rick ($0 in 2018)

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David Koepp
Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 21 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Spider-Man ($403,706,375 in 2002), Jurassic Park ($395,708,305 in 1993), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($317,101,119 in 2008), War of the Worlds ($234,280,354 in 2005), The Lost World: Jurassic Park ($229,086,679 in 1997), Mission: Impossible ($180,981,886 in 1996), Angels & Demons ($133,375,846 in 2009), The Mummy ($80,101,125 in 2017), Death Becomes Her ($58,422,650 in 1992), Snake Eyes ($55,591,409 in 1998)

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Stephen McFeely
Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 12 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Avengers: Infinity War ($667,675,449 in 2018), Captain America: Civil War ($408,084,349 in 2016), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ($291,710,957 in 2005), Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($259,746,958 in 2014), Thor: The Dark World ($206,362,140 in 2013), Captain America: The First Avenger ($176,654,505 in 2011), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian ($141,621,490 in 2008), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader ($104,386,950 in 2010), Pain & Gain ($49,875,291 in 2013), The Electric State ($0 in 2020)

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Complete List

Rank Name Domestic
Box Office
Movies Average
1 Steve Kloves $2,379,489,256 10 $237,948,926
2 David Koepp $2,353,233,603 21 $112,058,743
3 Stephen McFeely $2,306,118,089 12 $192,176,507
4 Christopher Markus $2,306,118,089 12 $192,176,507
5 Lawrence Kasdan $2,133,147,553 10 $213,314,755
6 Peter Jackson $2,114,624,107 9 $234,958,234
7 Fran Walsh $2,114,624,107 9 $234,958,234
8 James Cameron $2,105,374,483 13 $161,951,883
9 Terry Rossio $2,062,188,703 13 $158,629,900
10 Andrew Stanton $2,053,562,176 9 $228,173,575
11 Ted Elliott $1,998,150,087 9 $222,016,676
12 Christopher Nolan $1,936,125,358 8 $242,015,670
13 George Lucas $1,935,695,080 5 $387,139,016
14 Philippa Boyens $1,896,544,082 8 $237,068,010
15 Ken Daurio $1,774,843,669 8 $221,855,459
16 Cinco Paul $1,774,843,669 8 $221,855,459
17 Akiva Goldsman $1,756,742,053 16 $109,796,378
18 Roberto Orci $1,738,416,625 10 $173,841,663
19 Alex Kurtzman $1,738,416,625 10 $173,841,663
20 Michael Arndt $1,585,654,355 4 $396,413,589
21 Linda Woolverton $1,451,478,225 6 $241,913,038
22 Melissa Rosenberg $1,431,250,467 7 $204,464,352
23 Tony Gilroy $1,415,568,324 12 $117,964,027
24 J.J. Abrams $1,398,745,934 5 $279,749,187
25 Jonathan Aibel $1,391,986,896 9 $154,665,211
26 Glenn Berger $1,391,986,896 9 $154,665,211
27 Chris Morgan $1,387,421,871 8 $173,427,734
28 M. Night Shyamalan $1,373,121,491 12 $114,426,791
29 John Logan $1,334,464,847 13 $102,651,142
30 Ehren Kruger $1,331,220,433 11 $121,020,039
31 Joss Whedon $1,320,483,775 6 $220,080,629
32 Guillermo del Toro $1,237,401,283 15 $82,493,419
33 Jonathan Nolan $1,222,592,242 4 $305,648,061
34 David S. Goyer $1,162,911,769 9 $129,212,419
35 Simon Kinberg $1,156,843,714 11 $105,167,610
36 Roland Emmerich $1,064,830,671 8 $133,103,834
37 Adam Sandler $1,054,738,788 13 $81,133,753
38 J. David Stem $1,045,685,710 9 $116,187,301
39 Amanda Silver $1,037,576,399 4 $259,394,100
40 Robert Wade $987,685,760 8 $123,460,720
41 Alvin Sargent $972,085,451 3 $324,028,484
42 Tim Herlihy $918,131,039 10 $91,813,104
43 Erik Sommers $914,460,440 4 $228,615,110
44 Chris McKenna $914,460,440 4 $228,615,110
45 James Gunn $903,416,816 7 $129,059,545
46 Chris Weitz $895,238,095 5 $179,047,619
47 Rhett Reese $891,798,398 7 $127,399,771
48 Paul Wernick $891,798,398 7 $127,399,771
49 John Hamburg $888,262,461 9 $98,695,829
50 Brad Bird $887,755,555 5 $177,551,111
51 Andrew Adamson $887,073,270 5 $177,414,654
52 William Broyles Jr. $870,160,152 6 $145,026,692
53 Jeff Nathanson $860,164,546 8 $107,520,568
54 Steven Zaillian $857,847,295 10 $85,784,730
55 Jeffrey Price $850,682,942 4 $212,670,736
56 Peter S. Seaman $850,682,942 4 $212,670,736
57 Scott Frank $837,348,615 10 $83,734,862
58 Mark Bomback $830,125,512 8 $103,765,689
59 Adam McKay $829,853,797 8 $103,731,725
60 Rick Jaffa $829,030,810 3 $276,343,603
61 Bob Peterson $826,434,649 3 $275,478,216
62 Ryan Coogler $825,561,047 3 $275,187,016
63 Dan Fogelman $822,001,919 10 $82,200,192
64 Brian Lynch $812,515,405 5 $162,503,081
65 Gary Ross $807,120,261 6 $134,520,044
66 David Ayer $800,080,792 7 $114,297,256
67 Neal Purvis $787,611,585 6 $131,268,598
68 Luc Besson $785,039,385 20 $39,251,969
69 Daniel Gerson $780,439,582 3 $260,146,527
70 Eric Roth $765,084,012 11 $69,553,092
71 Joel Coen $764,880,824 23 $33,255,688
72 Nancy Meyers $757,101,887 12 $63,091,824
73 Peter Craig $756,546,213 7 $108,078,030
74 Joe Stillman $751,660,519 3 $250,553,506
75 Damon Lindelof $751,420,338 6 $125,236,723
76 Nicholas Stoller $750,012,037 14 $53,572,288
77 Derek Connolly $748,331,748 4 $187,082,937
78 Zak Penn $745,261,863 5 $149,052,373
79 Danny Strong $735,870,176 5 $147,174,035
80 Jon Vitti $727,585,966 4 $181,896,492
81 Michael McCullers $712,435,392 6 $118,739,232
82 Colin Trevorrow $710,950,625 3 $236,983,542
83 Lana Wachowski $710,841,086 6 $118,473,514
84 Andy Wachowski $710,841,086 6 $118,473,514
85 Billy Ray $709,599,003 12 $59,133,250
86 Joe Robert Cole $699,694,468 4 $174,923,617
87 Chris Terrio $696,568,397 5 $139,313,679
88 Jeff Pinkner $692,977,156 6 $115,496,193
89 Quentin Tarantino $691,779,453 13 $53,213,804
90 Todd Phillips $691,400,737 8 $86,425,092
91 Jennifer Lee $690,478,612 4 $172,619,653
92 Rian Johnson $686,667,587 2 $343,333,794
93 Lowell Ganz $680,211,579 9 $75,579,064
94 Babaloo Mandel $680,211,579 9 $75,579,064
95 Tyler Perry $678,681,737 14 $48,477,267
96 Irene Mecchi $672,491,905 4 $168,122,976
97 John Morris $672,330,862 9 $74,703,429
98 Christopher McQuarrie $671,347,083 8 $83,918,385
99 Judd Apatow $666,736,835 8 $83,342,104
100 Sean Anders $663,928,377 8 $82,991,047

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.

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