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Top Grossing Story Creator 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 Directors - 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 Stunt Coordinators - Top Domestic Supervising Sound Editors - Top Domestic Unit Production Managers - Top Domestic Visual Effects Supervisors - Top International Story Creators - Top Worldwide Story Creators

This list shows the highest grossing Story Creators 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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Stan Lee
Best known as an Executive Producer based on credits in that role in 43 films.
Top films contributed to this record: The Avengers ($623,279,547 in 2012), Spider-Man ($403,706,375 in 2002), Spider-Man 2 ($373,524,485 in 2004), Spider-Man 3 ($336,530,303 in 2007), Spider-Man: Homecoming ($334,198,153 in 2017), Iron Man ($318,604,126 in 2008), Iron Man 2 ($312,433,331 in 2010), The Amazing Spider-Man ($262,030,663 in 2012), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($202,853,933 in 2014), Thor ($181,030,624 in 2011)

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J.K. Rowling
Best known as a Story Creator based on credits in that role in 8 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 Order of the Phoenix ($292,004,738 in 2007), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ($290,013,036 in 2005), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ($261,987,880 in 2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ($249,538,952 in 2004)

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Jack Kirby
Best known as a Story Creator based on credits in that role in 11 films.
Top films contributed to this record: The Avengers ($623,279,547 in 2012), Iron Man ($318,604,126 in 2008), Iron Man 2 ($312,433,331 in 2010), Thor ($181,030,624 in 2011), Captain America: The First Avenger ($176,654,505 in 2011), Fantastic Four ($154,696,080 in 2005), The Incredible Hulk ($134,806,913 in 2008), Hulk ($132,177,234 in 2003), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer ($131,921,738 in 2007), Avengers: Infinity War ($0 in 2018)

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Complete List

Rank Name Domestic
Box Office
Movies Average
1 Stan Lee $4,059,093,222 17 $238,770,190
2 J.K. Rowling $2,390,073,877 8 $298,759,235
3 Jack Kirby $2,165,604,098 11 $196,873,100
4 Andrew Stanton $2,106,084,952 7 $300,869,279
5 George Lucas $1,922,089,124 9 $213,565,458
6 Steve Ditko $1,912,843,912 6 $318,807,319
7 J.R.R. Tolkien $1,852,429,850 6 $308,738,308
8 Pete Docter $1,600,345,876 6 $266,724,313
9 John Lasseter $1,541,268,294 7 $220,181,185
10 Suzanne Collins $1,451,538,526 4 $362,884,632
11 Stephenie Meyer $1,390,160,810 6 $231,693,468
12 Stephen King $1,356,705,542 43 $31,551,292
13 David S. Goyer $1,324,303,977 4 $331,075,994
14 Michael Crichton $969,127,188 8 $121,140,899
15 Bruce Geller $934,333,403 6 $155,722,234
16 Ted Elliott $928,513,769 7 $132,644,824
17 Terry Rossio $928,513,769 7 $132,644,824
18 Bob Peterson $902,386,845 3 $300,795,615
19 Bryan Singer $874,220,205 5 $174,844,041
20 Christopher Nolan $824,390,876 2 $412,195,438
21 Larry Lieber $812,068,081 3 $270,689,360
22 Jennifer Lee $742,006,257 2 $371,003,129
23 Dr Seuss $729,623,047 5 $145,924,609
24 William Steig $708,881,258 2 $354,440,629
25 Rick Jaffa $677,218,768 2 $338,609,384
26 Amanda Silver $677,218,768 2 $338,609,384
27 Zack Snyder $662,923,283 3 $220,974,428
28 Brenda Chapman $660,062,322 2 $330,031,161
29 Gene Roddenberry $645,357,020 3 $215,119,007
30 Don Heck $631,037,457 2 $315,518,729
31 Zak Penn $623,279,547 1 $623,279,547
32 Lowell Cunningham $620,130,196 3 $206,710,065
33 Mark Millar $565,914,631 5 $113,182,926
34 Lee Unkrich $553,532,173 2 $276,766,087
35 Phil Johnston $537,544,941 3 $179,181,647
36 John Knoll $532,177,324 1 $532,177,324
37 Gary Whitta $532,177,324 1 $532,177,324
38 Jim Reardon $530,680,925 2 $265,340,463
39 Rich Moore $530,680,925 2 $265,340,463
40 Nicholas Sparks $511,773,852 10 $51,177,385
41 John Logan $509,973,163 4 $127,493,291
42 Linda Woolverton $504,014,165 1 $504,014,165
43 Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont $504,014,165 2 $252,007,083
44 Gary Scott Thompson $495,545,220 2 $247,772,610
45 Jonah Hill $488,161,148 4 $122,040,287
46 Victoria Strouse $486,295,561 1 $486,295,561
47 Stuart Beattie $474,688,012 3 $158,229,337
48 Dan Hageman $465,379,321 3 $155,126,440
49 Kevin Hageman $465,379,321 3 $155,126,440
50 Alex Kurtzman $444,922,654 3 $148,307,551
51 Tom Clancy $444,481,205 4 $111,120,301
52 Charles Perrault $442,558,681 2 $221,279,341
53 Byron Howard $441,316,078 2 $220,658,039
54 Chris Van Allsburg $435,453,759 4 $108,863,440
55 Mario Puzo $432,591,629 7 $61,798,804
56 Roland Emmerich $426,199,379 3 $142,066,460
57 Sam Raimi $423,712,898 3 $141,237,633
58 John Grisham $415,418,317 5 $83,083,663
59 Sam Hamm $414,022,559 2 $207,011,280
60 Allan Heinberg $412,563,408 1 $412,563,408
61 Jason Fuchs $412,563,408 1 $412,563,408
62 Robert Ludlum $410,760,280 3 $136,920,093
63 Stephen J. Cannell $407,389,103 3 $135,796,368
64 Joe Ranft $406,881,547 2 $203,440,774
65 Frank Miller $405,056,614 4 $101,264,154
66 Michael Lewis $401,824,837 3 $133,941,612
67 Shane Morris $400,738,009 1 $400,738,009
68 Chris Buck $400,738,009 1 $400,738,009
69 Stephen Sommers $396,166,986 3 $132,055,662
70 Michael Chabon $392,913,939 2 $196,456,970
71 Ron Clements $391,278,497 3 $130,426,166
72 John Musker $391,278,497 3 $130,426,166
73 Dan Abnett $389,813,101 1 $389,813,101
74 Andy Lanning $389,813,101 1 $389,813,101
75 Erica Rivinoja $388,609,146 3 $129,536,382
76 Dan Brown $385,267,247 3 $128,422,416
77 Michael Bacall $384,898,869 3 $128,299,623
78 Philip K. Dick $377,795,486 6 $62,965,914
79 Phil Lord $377,578,285 2 $188,789,143
80 Christopher Miller $377,578,285 2 $188,789,143
81 Jill Culton $374,528,684 2 $187,264,342
82 Alfred Gough $373,524,485 1 $373,524,485
83 Miles Millar $373,524,485 1 $373,524,485
84 Roberto Orci $364,821,529 2 $182,410,765
85 Rudyard Kipling $364,001,123 2 $182,000,562
86 Rob Liefeld $363,070,709 2 $181,535,355
87 Fabian Nicieza $363,070,709 2 $181,535,355
88 Ronnie del Carmen $356,461,711 1 $356,461,711
89 Michael Dougherty $355,562,489 2 $177,781,245
90 Dan Harris $355,562,489 2 $177,781,245
91 Jim DeFelice $350,126,372 2 $175,063,186
92 Chris Kyle $350,126,372 1 $350,126,372
93 Scott McEwen $350,126,372 1 $350,126,372
94 Kevin Jarre $348,686,513 3 $116,228,838
95 Veronica Roth $347,311,018 4 $86,827,755
96 Jared Bush $341,268,248 1 $341,268,248
97 Josie Trinidad $341,268,248 1 $341,268,248
98 Tony Gilroy $340,674,940 2 $170,337,470
99 Ivan Raimi $336,530,303 1 $336,530,303
100 Jon Spaihts $334,186,539 3 $111,395,513

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

Stan Lee: By Edward Liu (Stan "The Man" Lee) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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