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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 98 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 ($564,671,250 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 75 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens ($1,122,000,000 in 2015), 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), The Lost World: Jurassic Park ($389,552,320 in 1997), War of the Worlds ($372,556,181 in 2005)

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James Newton Howard
Best known as a Composer based on credits in that role in 114 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 $16,559,698,491 98 $168,976,515
2 John Williams $12,086,103,813 75 $161,148,051
3 James Newton Howard $9,037,394,446 114 $79,275,390
4 Michael Giacchino $8,434,088,526 35 $240,973,958
5 Danny Elfman $8,008,276,702 90 $88,980,852
6 John Powell $7,824,066,896 50 $156,481,338
7 James Horner $7,674,961,775 102 $75,244,723
8 Brian Tyler $7,591,747,058 48 $158,161,397
9 Alan Silvestri $6,743,983,568 90 $74,933,151
10 Howard Shore $6,359,570,859 61 $104,255,260
11 Harry Gregson-Williams $5,373,880,705 46 $116,823,494
12 Henry Jackman $5,066,618,530 27 $187,652,538
13 Thomas Newman $4,811,924,884 77 $62,492,531
14 Alexandre Desplat $4,795,928,613 44 $108,998,378
15 Christophe Beck $4,577,804,331 67 $68,325,438
16 John Debney $4,384,793,347 87 $50,399,924
17 Steve Jablonsky $4,056,428,676 24 $169,017,862
18 Heitor Pereira $3,771,714,684 23 $163,987,595
19 Marco Beltrami $3,627,691,519 58 $62,546,406
20 David Arnold $3,045,522,393 23 $132,414,017
21 Patrick Doyle $3,043,773,815 45 $67,639,418
22 Randy Newman $2,968,745,185 24 $123,697,716
23 Carter Burwell $2,794,775,915 83 $33,671,999
24 Mark Mothersbaugh $2,750,469,999 65 $42,314,923
25 Jerry Goldsmith $2,630,452,675 104 $25,292,814
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 $2,210,113,133 25 $88,404,525
29 Mark Mancina $2,104,777,866 27 $77,954,736
30 Alan Menken $2,055,483,757 9 $228,387,084
31 Theodore Shapiro $1,909,332,615 51 $37,437,894
32 Tyler Bates $1,883,657,041 37 $50,909,650
33 David Newman $1,875,444,366 74 $25,343,843
34 Ramin Djawadi $1,853,689,242 17 $109,040,544
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 $1,644,211,592 26 $63,238,907
38 Harald Kloser $1,582,993,103 5 $316,598,621
39 Lorne Balfe $1,396,095,441 22 $63,458,884
40 Mychael Danna $1,378,800,555 40 $34,470,014
41 Aaron Zigman $1,298,616,835 48 $27,054,517
42 Nicholas Hooper $1,292,271,333 5 $258,454,267
43 Mark Isham $1,231,238,128 91 $13,530,089
44 Graeme Revell $1,153,317,828 72 $16,018,303
45 Steven Price $1,130,887,848 7 $161,555,407
46 Christopher Lennertz $1,121,837,361 27 $41,549,532
47 Klaus Badelt $1,087,371,434 29 $37,495,567
48 Dario Marianelli $1,078,432,469 26 $41,478,172
49 Junkie XL $1,007,827,547 5 $201,565,509
50 Don Davis $954,030,934 4 $238,507,734
51 Benjamin Wallfisch $953,000,588 13 $73,307,738
52 Thomas Wander $928,914,452 3 $309,638,151
53 Rolfe Kent $863,988,800 39 $22,153,559
54 Matthew Margeson $854,251,382 8 $106,781,423
55 Geoff Zanelli $824,713,933 13 $63,439,533
56 Andrew Lockington $818,083,037 13 $62,929,464
57 David Holmes $795,162,644 16 $49,697,665
58 Eric Serra $783,953,814 5 $156,790,763
59 Joseph Bishara $728,575,562 8 $91,071,945
60 Michael Andrews $710,505,019 23 $30,891,523
61 Alberto Iglesias $694,369,685 17 $40,845,276
62 George Fenton $653,876,583 55 $11,888,665
63 Elliot Goldenthal $652,853,272 8 $81,606,659
64 Joe Kraemer $643,125,986 4 $160,781,497
65 Ilan Eshkeri $637,094,075 17 $37,476,122
66 Tom Holkenborg $634,539,294 4 $158,634,824
67 Randy Edelman $622,616,024 10 $62,261,602
68 Teddy Castellucci $607,673,783 19 $31,982,831
69 Lucas Vidal $603,428,111 8 $75,428,514
70 Atticus Ross $600,389,594 11 $54,580,872
71 Nathaniel Mechaly $598,384,748 6 $99,730,791
72 Clint Mansell $586,592,457 24 $24,441,352
73 George S. Clinton $586,019,823 45 $13,022,663
74 Brad Fiedel $570,973,311 5 $114,194,662
75 Charlie Clouser $543,258,994 10 $54,325,899
76 Joseph Trapanese $520,975,625 7 $74,425,089
77 Rachel Portman $516,320,766 22 $23,469,126
78 Lyle Workman $510,315,544 10 $51,031,554
79 Edward Shearmur $497,564,803 13 $38,274,216
80 Marc Streitenfeld $492,111,912 8 $61,513,989
81 John Paesano $491,096,325 10 $49,109,633
82 Fernando Velazquez $490,224,745 9 $54,469,416
83 Trent Reznor $486,192,618 4 $121,548,155
84 Walter Murphy $473,088,645 2 $236,544,323
85 Benny Andersson $471,618,814 1 $471,618,814
86 Bjorn Ulvaeus $471,618,814 1 $471,618,814
87 Joe Hisaishi $468,658,413 4 $117,164,603
88 Basil Poledouris $463,423,667 44 $10,532,356
89 Maurice Jarre $463,423,001 4 $115,855,750
90 Gabriel Yared $463,378,770 12 $38,614,898
91 Marc Shaiman $453,990,049 14 $32,427,861
92 Robert Rodriguez $445,337,821 9 $49,481,980
93 David Buckley $441,464,776 9 $49,051,642
94 Jeff Danna $437,469,802 7 $62,495,686
95 Atli Orvarsson $437,119,333 10 $43,711,933
96 Paul Haslinger $436,979,277 6 $72,829,880
97 Clint Eastwood $427,144,340 8 $53,393,043
98 Ennio Morricone $421,816,076 26 $16,223,695
99 Nathan Wang $416,765,688 10 $41,676,569
100 John Barry $399,977,099 4 $99,994,275

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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