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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), Star Wars Ep. VIII: The Last Jedi ($705,012,848 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), The Lost World: Jurassic Park ($389,552,320 in 1997)

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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 $16,556,886,566 98 $168,947,822
2 John Williams $12,847,956,661 75 $171,306,089
3 James Newton Howard $9,037,475,705 114 $79,276,103
4 Michael Giacchino $8,703,283,068 36 $241,757,863
5 Danny Elfman $8,199,148,345 94 $87,224,982
6 John Powell $8,024,066,896 52 $154,308,979
7 James Horner $7,674,959,704 102 $75,244,703
8 Brian Tyler $7,595,384,948 49 $155,007,856
9 Alan Silvestri $6,743,983,568 90 $74,933,151
10 Howard Shore $6,362,525,280 62 $102,621,375
11 Henry Jackman $5,609,179,701 27 $207,747,396
12 Harry Gregson-Williams $5,390,169,550 48 $112,295,199
13 Alexandre Desplat $4,848,484,313 46 $105,401,833
14 Thomas Newman $4,814,189,091 78 $61,720,373
15 John Debney $4,616,655,293 89 $51,872,531
16 Christophe Beck $4,577,793,839 68 $67,320,498
17 Steve Jablonsky $4,056,506,840 25 $162,260,274
18 Heitor Pereira $3,773,954,205 25 $150,958,168
19 Marco Beltrami $3,628,115,907 59 $61,493,490
20 Patrick Doyle $3,109,051,610 45 $69,090,036
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 $2,869,610,061 83 $34,573,615
24 Mark Mothersbaugh $2,754,719,680 66 $41,738,177
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 $2,210,113,133 26 $85,004,351
29 Mark Mancina $2,104,777,866 27 $77,954,736
30 Alan Menken $2,054,868,544 9 $228,318,727
31 Theodore Shapiro $1,909,149,975 51 $37,434,313
32 Tyler Bates $1,891,447,274 38 $49,774,928
33 David Newman $1,876,994,487 74 $25,364,790
34 Ramin Djawadi $1,853,662,486 19 $97,561,183
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 $1,644,207,418 26 $63,238,747
38 Harald Kloser $1,582,993,103 5 $316,598,621
39 Lorne Balfe $1,419,876,361 23 $61,733,755
40 Mychael Danna $1,380,625,424 40 $34,515,636
41 Aaron Zigman $1,302,632,288 48 $27,138,173
42 Nicholas Hooper $1,292,271,333 5 $258,454,267
43 Dario Marianelli $1,240,729,735 26 $47,720,374
44 Mark Isham $1,231,283,411 91 $13,530,587
45 Christopher Lennertz $1,211,206,569 27 $44,859,503
46 Graeme Revell $1,153,317,828 72 $16,018,303
47 Steven Price $1,131,662,736 7 $161,666,105
48 Klaus Badelt $1,087,371,434 29 $37,495,567
49 Junkie XL $1,033,802,033 5 $206,760,407
50 Benjamin Wallfisch $957,784,285 13 $73,675,714
51 Don Davis $954,030,934 4 $238,507,734
52 Thomas Wander $928,914,452 3 $309,638,151
53 Rolfe Kent $878,276,239 39 $22,519,904
54 Matthew Margeson $869,817,521 8 $108,727,190
55 Geoff Zanelli $824,713,933 13 $63,439,533
56 Joseph Bishara $824,046,681 9 $91,560,742
57 Andrew Lockington $818,083,037 13 $62,929,464
58 David Holmes $795,162,644 16 $49,697,665
59 Eric Serra $783,954,169 5 $156,790,834
60 Michael Andrews $736,740,861 23 $32,032,211
61 John Paesano $711,326,751 10 $71,132,675
62 Joseph Trapanese $706,642,766 8 $88,330,346
63 Alberto Iglesias $694,369,685 17 $40,845,276
64 George Fenton $653,906,844 55 $11,889,215
65 Elliot Goldenthal $652,853,272 8 $81,606,659
66 Joe Kraemer $643,125,986 4 $160,781,497
67 Ilan Eshkeri $637,119,334 17 $37,477,608
68 Tom Holkenborg $635,702,093 5 $127,140,419
69 Randy Edelman $622,616,024 10 $62,261,602
70 Teddy Castellucci $607,673,783 19 $31,982,831
71 Lucas Vidal $603,428,111 8 $75,428,514
72 Atticus Ross $600,389,594 11 $54,580,872
73 Nathaniel Mechaly $598,480,491 7 $85,497,213
74 Clint Mansell $586,596,503 24 $24,441,521
75 George S. Clinton $586,019,823 45 $13,022,663
76 Brad Fiedel $570,973,311 5 $114,194,662
77 Charlie Clouser $544,936,492 10 $54,493,649
78 Rachel Portman $523,171,488 22 $23,780,522
79 Lyle Workman $510,315,544 10 $51,031,554
80 Edward Shearmur $497,564,803 13 $38,274,216
81 Marc Streitenfeld $492,160,953 8 $61,520,119
82 Fernando Velazquez $490,224,159 9 $54,469,351
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 Ludwig Goransson $457,276,195 11 $41,570,563
92 Marc Shaiman $453,986,679 14 $32,427,620
93 Robert Rodriguez $445,337,821 9 $49,481,980
94 David Buckley $441,464,776 9 $49,051,642
95 Jeff Danna $437,469,802 7 $62,495,686
96 Atli Orvarsson $437,262,612 11 $39,751,147
97 Paul Haslinger $436,979,277 6 $72,829,880
98 Clint Eastwood $427,144,340 8 $53,393,043
99 Ennio Morricone $421,832,212 26 $16,224,316
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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