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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.

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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 18 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 ($317,023,851 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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Fran Walsh
Best known as a Producer based on credits in that role in 10 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), Mortal Engines ($0 in 2018)

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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 $2,353,168,024 18 $130,731,557
3 Fran Walsh $2,114,624,107 9 $234,958,234
4 Peter Jackson $2,114,624,107 9 $234,958,234
5 James Cameron $2,105,374,483 13 $161,951,883
6 Terry Rossio $2,062,188,703 12 $171,849,059
7 Andrew Stanton $2,053,562,176 9 $228,173,575
8 Ted Elliott $1,998,150,087 9 $222,016,676
9 Lawrence Kasdan $1,956,301,575 9 $217,366,842
10 George Lucas $1,935,695,080 5 $387,139,016
11 Christopher Nolan $1,934,102,624 8 $241,762,828
12 Philippa Boyens $1,896,544,082 8 $237,068,010
13 Ken Daurio $1,774,816,899 8 $221,852,112
14 Cinco Paul $1,774,816,899 8 $221,852,112
15 Akiva Goldsman $1,756,733,349 16 $109,795,834
16 Roberto Orci $1,738,288,616 10 $173,828,862
17 Alex Kurtzman $1,738,288,616 10 $173,828,862
18 Stephen McFeely $1,638,442,640 11 $148,949,331
19 Christopher Markus $1,638,442,640 11 $148,949,331
20 Melissa Rosenberg $1,431,250,467 7 $204,464,352
21 Michael Arndt $1,411,558,203 4 $352,889,551
22 Tony Gilroy $1,410,549,098 13 $108,503,777
23 J.J. Abrams $1,398,745,934 4 $349,686,484
24 Jonathan Aibel $1,391,986,896 8 $173,998,362
25 Glenn Berger $1,391,986,896 8 $173,998,362
26 Chris Morgan $1,385,254,111 8 $173,156,764
27 M. Night Shyamalan $1,373,027,406 12 $114,418,951
28 John Logan $1,334,244,821 13 $102,634,217
29 Ehren Kruger $1,331,220,433 11 $121,020,039
30 Joss Whedon $1,320,483,775 6 $220,080,629
31 Linda Woolverton $1,294,372,584 5 $258,874,517
32 Jonathan Nolan $1,222,592,242 4 $305,648,061
33 David S. Goyer $1,162,911,769 8 $145,363,971
34 Simon Kinberg $1,156,843,714 9 $128,538,190
35 Roland Emmerich $1,064,830,671 8 $133,103,834
36 Adam Sandler $1,054,738,788 13 $81,133,753
37 J. David Stem $1,045,685,710 9 $116,187,301
38 Amanda Silver $1,037,503,784 3 $345,834,595
39 William Broyles Jr. $988,914,203 6 $164,819,034
40 Robert Wade $987,685,760 7 $141,097,966
41 Guillermo del Toro $977,050,683 8 $122,131,335
42 Alvin Sargent $972,085,451 3 $324,028,484
43 Tim Herlihy $918,112,638 10 $91,811,264
44 James Gunn $903,416,816 7 $129,059,545
45 Chris Weitz $895,178,365 5 $179,035,673
46 John Hamburg $887,689,462 8 $110,961,183
47 Andrew Adamson $887,073,270 5 $177,414,654
48 Jeff Nathanson $860,164,546 8 $107,520,568
49 Steven Zaillian $857,847,295 10 $85,784,730
50 Jeffrey Price $850,682,942 4 $212,670,736
51 Peter S. Seaman $850,682,942 4 $212,670,736
52 Scott Frank $837,348,615 9 $93,038,735
53 Mark Bomback $830,125,511 7 $118,589,359
54 Adam McKay $829,853,797 8 $103,731,725
55 Rick Jaffa $828,958,195 2 $414,479,098
56 Bob Peterson $826,434,649 3 $275,478,216
57 Dan Fogelman $822,001,919 8 $102,750,240
58 Brian Lynch $812,515,405 4 $203,128,851
59 David Ayer $800,018,479 7 $114,288,354
60 Neal Purvis $787,611,585 6 $131,268,598
61 Luc Besson $785,039,385 20 $39,251,969
62 Daniel Gerson $780,439,582 3 $260,146,527
63 Eric Roth $765,084,012 11 $69,553,092
64 Joel Coen $764,880,824 23 $33,255,688
65 Nancy Meyers $757,101,887 12 $63,091,824
66 Joe Stillman $751,660,519 3 $250,553,506
67 Nicholas Stoller $750,012,037 12 $62,501,003
68 Danny Strong $735,870,176 5 $147,174,035
69 Jon Vitti $727,585,966 4 $181,896,492
70 Robert Zemeckis $714,993,357 7 $102,141,908
71 Gary Ross $714,944,501 6 $119,157,417
72 Michael McCullers $712,435,392 6 $118,739,232
73 Peter Craig $711,046,049 6 $118,507,675
74 Andy Wachowski $710,841,086 6 $118,473,514
75 Lana Wachowski $710,841,086 6 $118,473,514
76 Billy Ray $709,599,003 11 $64,509,000
77 Quentin Tarantino $691,779,453 12 $57,648,288
78 Todd Phillips $691,400,737 8 $86,425,092
79 Derek Connolly $689,579,133 4 $172,394,783
80 Chris Terrio $687,000,449 4 $171,750,112
81 Lowell Ganz $680,211,579 9 $75,579,064
82 Babaloo Mandel $680,211,579 9 $75,579,064
83 Irene Mecchi $672,491,905 4 $168,122,976
84 Christopher McQuarrie $671,317,016 8 $83,914,627
85 Judd Apatow $666,736,835 8 $83,342,104
86 Simon Beaufoy $661,618,035 8 $82,702,254
87 John Morris $656,478,916 7 $93,782,702
88 Sean Anders $656,478,916 7 $93,782,702
89 David N. Weiss $654,858,189 3 $218,286,063
90 John Francis Daley $652,952,348 6 $108,825,391
91 Jonathan Goldstein $652,952,348 6 $108,825,391
92 Colin Trevorrow $652,198,010 2 $326,099,005
93 Dean Devlin $650,492,149 5 $130,098,430
94 Pete Docter $649,465,875 3 $216,488,625
95 Robert Mark Kamen $643,905,620 9 $71,545,069
96 Evan Goldberg $643,619,574 9 $71,513,286
97 Jon Lucas $643,236,677 7 $91,890,954
98 Scott Moore $643,236,677 7 $91,890,954
99 Craig Mazin $639,884,932 5 $127,976,986
100 Robert Towne $637,403,400 4 $159,350,850

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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