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Top Grossing Composer at the International Box OfficeBETA


See also: Top Domestic Composers - Top International Art Directors - Top International Assistant Directors - Top International Associate Producers - Top International Casting Directors - Top International Cinematographers - Top International Co-Producers - Top International Costume Designers - Top International Dialogue Editors - Top International Directors - Top International Editors - Top International Executive Producers - Top International Make-up and Hair Designers - Top International Music Editors - Top International Music Supervisors - Top International Producers - Top International Production Designers - Top International Re-recording Mixers - Top International Screenwriters - Top International Set Decorators - Top International Set Designers - Top International Sound Designers - Top International Sound Effects Editors - Top International Sound Mixers - Top International Story Creators - Top International Stunt Coordinators - Top International Supervising Sound Editors - Top International Unit Production Managers - Top International Visual Effects Supervisors - Top Worldwide Composers

This list shows the highest grossing Composers based on the international 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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Hans Zimmer
Best known as a Composer based on credits in that role in 99 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($804,600,000 in 2011), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($654,000,000 in 2007), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($642,900,000 in 2006), The Dark Knight Rises ($636,300,000 in 2012), The Lion King ($564,633,077 in 1994), The Da Vinci Code ($550,284,321 in 2006), Inception ($539,825,887 in 2010), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($537,800,000 in 2016), Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted ($530,529,789 in 2012), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($506,142,403 in 2014)

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John Williams
Best known as a Composer based on credits in that role in 76 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens ($1,122,000,000 in 2015), Star Wars Ep. VIII: The Last Jedi ($697,942,520 in 2017), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ($657,179,821 in 2001), Jurassic Park ($643,104,279 in 1993), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ($616,991,754 in 2002), Star Wars Ep. I: The Phantom Menace ($552,500,000 in 1999), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ($547,149,597 in 2004), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($469,534,294 in 2008), Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith ($468,728,300 in 2005), Ready Player One ($435,099,916 in 2018)

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James Newton Howard
Best known as a Composer based on credits in that role in 116 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ($569,760,767 in 2016), Maleficent ($517,129,407 in 2014), The Dark Knight ($468,275,260 in 2008), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 ($429,516,403 in 2014), The Sixth Sense ($379,300,000 in 1999), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 ($368,799,525 in 2015), King Kong ($332,437,332 in 2005), I am Legend ($329,139,674 in 2007), The Hunger Games ($269,912,687 in 2012), Pretty Woman ($254,239,604 in 1990)

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Complete List

Rank Name International
Box Office
Movies Average
1 Hans Zimmer $16,573,918,778 99 $167,413,321
2 John Williams $13,311,661,477 76 $175,153,440
3 James Newton Howard $9,137,238,264 116 $78,769,295
4 Michael Giacchino $8,771,309,580 36 $243,647,488
5 Danny Elfman $8,349,649,176 94 $88,826,055
6 John Powell $8,030,541,366 51 $157,461,595
7 Alan Silvestri $7,965,483,568 90 $88,505,373
8 James Horner $7,647,952,643 101 $75,722,303
9 Brian Tyler $7,595,384,948 49 $155,007,856
10 Howard Shore $6,362,525,280 63 $100,992,465
11 Henry Jackman $5,636,899,722 28 $201,317,847
12 Harry Gregson-Williams $5,399,621,432 48 $112,492,113
13 Alexandre Desplat $4,947,229,241 47 $105,260,197
14 Thomas Newman $4,814,243,871 77 $62,522,648
15 John Debney $4,694,818,042 89 $52,750,765
16 Christophe Beck $4,581,942,653 69 $66,404,966
17 Steve Jablonsky $4,056,506,840 25 $162,260,274
18 Marco Beltrami $3,826,964,086 59 $64,863,798
19 Heitor Pereira $3,776,026,106 25 $151,041,044
20 Patrick Doyle $3,108,796,070 46 $67,582,523
21 David Arnold $3,045,522,393 23 $132,414,017
22 Randy Newman $2,974,045,185 24 $123,918,549
23 Carter Burwell $2,905,443,801 83 $35,005,347
24 Mark Mothersbaugh $2,722,311,598 67 $40,631,516
25 Jerry Goldsmith $2,630,483,731 104 $25,293,113
26 John Ottman $2,458,773,772 31 $79,315,283
27 Trevor Rabin $2,273,643,932 38 $59,832,735
28 Rupert Gregson-Williams $2,210,386,926 28 $78,942,390
29 Mark Mancina $2,104,721,064 27 $77,952,632
30 Tyler Bates $2,067,002,633 38 $54,394,806
31 Alan Menken $2,054,868,544 9 $228,318,727
32 Theodore Shapiro $1,909,044,102 52 $36,712,387
33 David Newman $1,877,082,032 75 $25,027,760
34 Ramin Djawadi $1,876,054,427 19 $98,739,707
35 Christopher Young $1,762,313,486 67 $26,303,186
36 Michael Kamen $1,742,848,608 52 $33,516,319
37 Craig Armstrong $1,645,034,747 26 $63,270,567
38 Harald Kloser $1,582,993,103 5 $316,598,621
39 Lorne Balfe $1,435,846,508 23 $62,428,109
40 Mychael Danna $1,379,967,279 40 $34,499,182
41 Aaron Zigman $1,303,800,078 48 $27,162,502
42 Nicholas Hooper $1,292,271,333 5 $258,454,267
43 Mark Isham $1,243,175,707 92 $13,512,779
44 Dario Marianelli $1,216,306,818 25 $48,652,273
45 Christopher Lennertz $1,215,413,209 28 $43,407,615
46 Graeme Revell $1,139,370,828 71 $16,047,476
47 Andrew Lockington $1,132,482,826 13 $87,114,064
48 Steven Price $1,131,538,897 7 $161,648,414
49 Klaus Badelt $1,087,371,434 30 $36,245,714
50 Junkie XL $1,033,802,033 5 $206,760,407
51 Ludwig Goransson $965,670,720 11 $87,788,247
52 John Paesano $961,909,414 10 $96,190,941
53 Benjamin Wallfisch $957,791,522 14 $68,413,680
54 Don Davis $954,030,934 4 $238,507,734
55 Thomas Wander $928,914,452 3 $309,638,151
56 Rolfe Kent $878,749,081 39 $22,532,028
57 Matthew Margeson $869,817,521 8 $108,727,190
58 Tom Holkenborg $851,168,943 6 $141,861,491
59 Joseph Bishara $831,204,023 9 $92,356,003
60 Geoff Zanelli $824,859,158 14 $58,918,511
61 David Holmes $795,222,725 16 $49,701,420
62 Eric Serra $783,954,169 5 $156,790,834
63 Joseph Trapanese $776,488,100 8 $97,061,013
64 Michael Andrews $755,807,227 24 $31,491,968
65 George Fenton $654,108,558 57 $11,475,589
66 Elliot Goldenthal $652,853,272 8 $81,606,659
67 Joe Kraemer $643,125,986 4 $160,781,497
68 Alberto Iglesias $641,647,884 16 $40,102,993
69 Ilan Eshkeri $637,129,215 18 $35,396,068
70 Randy Edelman $622,616,024 10 $62,261,602
71 Teddy Castellucci $607,673,783 19 $31,982,831
72 Lucas Vidal $603,428,111 8 $75,428,514
73 Atticus Ross $600,389,594 11 $54,580,872
74 Nathaniel Mechaly $598,480,491 7 $85,497,213
75 Clint Mansell $586,596,503 24 $24,441,521
76 George S. Clinton $586,019,823 45 $13,022,663
77 Brad Fiedel $570,973,311 5 $114,194,662
78 Charlie Clouser $544,936,492 10 $54,493,649
79 Lyle Workman $531,183,836 11 $48,289,440
80 Rachel Portman $522,661,907 22 $23,757,359
81 Edward Shearmur $497,564,803 13 $38,274,216
82 Marc Streitenfeld $492,184,528 8 $61,523,066
83 Fernando Velazquez $490,628,336 10 $49,062,834
84 Trent Reznor $486,192,618 4 $121,548,155
85 Walter Murphy $473,088,645 2 $236,544,323
86 Benny Andersson $471,618,709 1 $471,618,709
87 Bjorn Ulvaeus $471,618,709 1 $471,618,709
88 Joe Hisaishi $468,658,413 4 $117,164,603
89 Basil Poledouris $463,423,667 44 $10,532,356
90 Maurice Jarre $463,423,001 4 $115,855,750
91 Gabriel Yared $463,377,627 12 $38,614,802
92 Marc Shaiman $453,986,679 14 $32,427,620
93 Robert Rodriguez $445,337,821 9 $49,481,980
94 David Buckley $441,490,765 10 $44,149,077
95 Jeff Danna $437,469,802 7 $62,495,686
96 Atli Orvarsson $437,269,332 11 $39,751,757
97 Paul Haslinger $436,979,277 6 $72,829,880
98 Clint Eastwood $427,144,340 8 $53,393,043
99 Ennio Morricone $421,833,054 26 $16,224,348
100 Nathan Wang $416,765,688 10 $41,676,569

The International Market is defined as all territories excluding 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

Hans Zimmer: Richard Yaussi [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

John Williams: TashTish at en.wikipedia [GFDL or CC-BY-3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

James Newton Howard: By JNH et HZ.jpg: Yann de la marnederivative work: Butko [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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