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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 46 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Black Panther ($697,822,227 in 2018), The Avengers ($623,279,547 in 2012), Avengers: Infinity War ($595,813,862 in 2018), 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 ($334,201,140 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)

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Jack Kirby
Best known as a Story Creator based on credits in that role in 12 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Black Panther ($697,822,227 in 2018), The Avengers ($623,279,547 in 2012), Avengers: Infinity War ($595,813,862 in 2018), 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)

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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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Complete List

Rank Name Domestic
Box Office
Movies Average
1 Stan Lee $5,352,732,298 18 $297,374,017
2 Jack Kirby $3,459,240,187 12 $288,270,016
3 J.K. Rowling $2,390,073,877 8 $298,759,235
4 Andrew Stanton $2,106,084,952 7 $300,869,279
5 Steve Ditko $1,912,846,899 6 $318,807,817
6 George Lucas $1,899,692,500 9 $211,076,944
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 $1,356,727,156 43 $31,551,794
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 4 $203,017,020
22 Jennifer Lee $742,006,257 2 $371,003,129
23 Dr Seuss $729,623,047 5 $145,924,609
24 Chris Van Allsburg $719,466,150 4 $179,866,538
25 William Steig $708,881,258 2 $354,440,629
26 Zack Snyder $677,980,205 3 $225,993,402
27 Amanda Silver $677,291,383 2 $338,645,692
28 Rick Jaffa $677,291,383 2 $338,645,692
29 Brenda Chapman $660,062,322 2 $330,031,161
30 Gene Roddenberry $645,357,020 3 $215,119,007
31 Don Heck $631,037,457 2 $315,518,729
32 Lee Unkrich $624,730,895 2 $312,365,448
33 Zak Penn $623,279,547 1 $623,279,547
34 Lowell Cunningham $620,130,196 3 $206,710,065
35 Mark Millar $565,914,631 5 $113,182,926
36 Phil Johnston $537,544,941 3 $179,181,647
37 John Knoll $532,177,324 1 $532,177,324
38 Gary Whitta $532,177,324 1 $532,177,324
39 Rich Moore $530,680,925 2 $265,340,463
40 Jim Reardon $530,680,925 2 $265,340,463
41 Nicholas Sparks $511,773,852 10 $51,177,385
42 John Logan $510,193,189 4 $127,548,297
43 Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont $504,014,165 2 $252,007,083
44 Linda Woolverton $504,014,165 1 $504,014,165
45 Gary Scott Thompson $497,519,330 2 $248,759,665
46 Fabian Nicieza $488,577,862 2 $244,288,931
47 Rob Liefeld $488,577,862 2 $244,288,931
48 Jonah Hill $488,161,148 4 $122,040,287
49 Victoria Strouse $486,295,561 1 $486,295,561
50 Stuart Beattie $474,688,012 3 $158,229,337
51 Dan Hageman $465,379,321 3 $155,126,440
52 Kevin Hageman $465,379,321 3 $155,126,440
53 Alex Kurtzman $444,922,654 3 $148,307,551
54 Tom Clancy $444,481,205 4 $111,120,301
55 Charles Perrault $442,558,681 2 $221,279,341
56 Byron Howard $441,316,078 2 $220,658,039
57 Mario Puzo $432,591,629 7 $61,798,804
58 Roland Emmerich $426,199,379 3 $142,066,460
59 Sam Raimi $423,712,898 3 $141,237,633
60 John Grisham $415,418,317 5 $83,083,663
61 Sam Hamm $414,022,559 2 $207,011,280
62 Allan Heinberg $412,563,408 1 $412,563,408
63 Jason Fuchs $412,563,408 1 $412,563,408
64 Robert Ludlum $410,760,280 4 $102,690,070
65 Stephen J. Cannell $407,389,103 3 $135,796,368
66 Joe Ranft $406,881,547 2 $203,440,774
67 Frank Miller $405,056,614 4 $101,264,154
68 Chris McKenna $404,468,713 1 $404,468,713
69 Michael Lewis $401,824,837 3 $133,941,612
70 Chris Buck $400,738,009 1 $400,738,009
71 Shane Morris $400,738,009 1 $400,738,009
72 Stephen Sommers $396,166,986 3 $132,055,662
73 Michael Chabon $392,913,939 2 $196,456,970
74 Ron Clements $391,278,497 3 $130,426,166
75 John Musker $391,278,497 3 $130,426,166
76 Dan Abnett $389,813,101 1 $389,813,101
77 Andy Lanning $389,813,101 1 $389,813,101
78 Erica Rivinoja $388,609,146 3 $129,536,382
79 Dan Brown $385,255,558 3 $128,418,519
80 Michael Bacall $384,898,869 3 $128,299,623
81 E.L. James $381,009,000 3 $127,003,000
82 Philip K. Dick $378,521,775 6 $63,086,963
83 Christopher Miller $377,578,285 2 $188,789,143
84 Phil Lord $377,578,285 2 $188,789,143
85 Jill Culton $374,528,684 2 $187,264,342
86 Alfred Gough $373,524,485 1 $373,524,485
87 Miles Millar $373,524,485 1 $373,524,485
88 Roberto Orci $364,821,529 2 $182,410,765
89 Rudyard Kipling $364,001,123 2 $182,000,562
90 Ronnie del Carmen $356,461,711 1 $356,461,711
91 Michael Dougherty $355,562,489 2 $177,781,245
92 Dan Harris $355,562,489 2 $177,781,245
93 Mickey Rapkin $354,194,853 3 $118,064,951
94 Jim DeFelice $350,126,372 2 $175,063,186
95 Chris Kyle $350,126,372 1 $350,126,372
96 Scott McEwen $350,126,372 1 $350,126,372
97 Kevin Jarre $348,686,513 3 $116,228,838
98 Veronica Roth $347,311,018 4 $86,827,755
99 Jared Bush $341,268,248 1 $341,268,248
100 Josie Trinidad $341,268,248 1 $341,268,248

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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