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Top Grossing Director at the International Box OfficeBETA


See also: Top Domestic Directors - 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 Composers - Top International Costume Designers - Top International Dialogue Editors - 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 Directors

This list shows the highest grossing Directors 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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Steven Spielberg
Best known as an Executive Producer based on credits in that role in 47 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Jurassic Park ($643,104,279 in 1993), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($469,534,294 in 2008), Ready Player One ($441,603,274 in 2018), The Lost World: Jurassic Park ($389,552,320 in 1997), War of the Worlds ($372,556,181 in 2005), ET: The Extra-Terrestrial ($357,854,772 in 1982), The Adventures of Tintin ($296,402,120 in 2011), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ($277,000,000 in 1989), Saving Private Ryan ($268,700,000 in 1998), Minority Report ($226,800,000 in 2002)

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Peter Jackson
Best known as a Producer based on credits in that role in 12 films.
Top films contributed to this record: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($763,557,436 in 2003), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($714,000,000 in 2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ($702,000,000 in 2013), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ($700,000,000 in 2014), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ($592,150,661 in 2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ($571,666,235 in 2001), King Kong ($332,437,332 in 2005), The Lovely Bones ($50,780,216 in 2009), Heavenly Creatures ($2,392,034 in 1994), Dead Alive ($0 in 1993)

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James Cameron
Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 13 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Avatar ($2,015,837,654 in 2009), Titanic ($1,548,844,451 in 1997), Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($311,955,722 in 1991), True Lies ($219,017,589 in 1994), Aliens ($98,156,207 in 1986), The Terminator ($40,000,000 in 1984), Ghosts of the Abyss ($11,687,000 in 2003), Aliens of the Deep ($3,797,000 in 2005), The Abyss ($0 in 1989), Avatar 2 ($0 in 2020)

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Complete List

Rank Name International
Box Office
Movies Average
1 Steven Spielberg $6,004,464,950 35 $171,556,141
2 Peter Jackson $4,428,983,914 11 $402,634,901
3 James Cameron $4,249,295,623 13 $326,868,894
4 Michael Bay $4,118,445,309 14 $294,174,665
5 David Yates $3,699,768,309 8 $462,471,039
6 Christopher Nolan $2,699,853,741 11 $245,441,249
7 Anthony Russo $2,596,507,877 5 $519,301,575
8 Joe Russo $2,596,507,877 5 $519,301,575
9 Roland Emmerich $2,572,336,836 16 $160,771,052
10 Pierre Coffin $2,500,237,950 4 $625,059,488
11 Ridley Scott $2,467,408,996 26 $94,900,346
12 Chris Columbus $2,343,064,780 16 $146,441,549
13 Robert Zemeckis $2,224,367,856 19 $117,071,992
14 Tim Burton $2,222,556,194 19 $116,976,642
15 Ron Howard $2,185,814,781 26 $84,069,799
16 Carlos Saldanha $2,162,883,314 8 $270,360,414
17 Gore Verbinski $2,136,321,070 12 $178,026,756
18 J.J. Abrams $1,883,521,916 6 $313,920,319
19 Sam Mendes $1,882,823,002 9 $209,202,556
20 Francis Lawrence $1,870,451,691 9 $207,827,966
21 Joss Whedon $1,860,217,777 5 $372,043,555
22 Zack Snyder $1,846,565,999 10 $184,656,600
23 Tom McGrath $1,823,485,996 5 $364,697,199
24 Sam Raimi $1,783,274,993 15 $118,885,000
25 Bill Condon $1,775,889,340 12 $147,990,778
26 James Wan $1,727,223,878 8 $215,902,985
27 George Lucas $1,717,847,175 6 $286,307,863
28 Brad Bird $1,701,309,925 6 $283,551,654
29 Bryan Singer $1,671,136,931 10 $167,113,693
30 Eric Darnell $1,658,999,728 5 $331,799,946
31 Andrew Stanton $1,609,429,088 4 $402,357,272
32 Kyle Balda $1,601,105,452 3 $533,701,817
33 Chris Renaud $1,554,474,209 5 $310,894,842
34 M. Night Shyamalan $1,537,482,719 12 $128,123,560
35 Justin Lin $1,451,585,577 11 $131,962,325
36 Andrew Adamson $1,440,910,802 6 $240,151,800
37 John Lasseter $1,415,047,173 7 $202,149,596
38 Jon Favreau $1,343,689,212 9 $149,298,801
39 Barry Sonnenfeld $1,336,782,716 13 $102,829,440
40 Andy Wachowski $1,327,812,678 7 $189,687,525
41 Martin Campbell $1,315,551,199 12 $109,629,267
42 Byron Howard $1,278,055,100 3 $426,018,367
43 Shawn Levy $1,262,730,226 11 $114,793,657
44 Conrad Vernon $1,253,331,564 5 $250,666,313
45 David Fincher $1,246,241,517 11 $113,294,683
46 Lee Unkrich $1,245,037,550 2 $622,518,775
47 Clint Eastwood $1,242,810,324 36 $34,522,509
48 F. Gary Gray $1,241,886,899 11 $112,898,809
49 Pete Docter $1,210,052,456 3 $403,350,819
50 Steven Soderbergh $1,180,751,357 31 $38,088,753
51 Mike Newell $1,165,056,859 16 $72,816,054
52 Rob Marshall $1,164,128,949 6 $194,021,492
53 Rob Minkoff $1,140,876,153 7 $162,982,308
54 Martin Scorsese $1,117,517,937 28 $39,911,355
55 Raja Gosnell $1,066,820,222 9 $118,535,580
56 Todd Phillips $1,066,265,547 9 $118,473,950
57 Alfonso CuarĂ³n $1,052,682,425 8 $131,585,303
58 Colin Trevorrow $1,019,945,745 4 $254,986,436
59 Kenneth Branagh $1,018,590,692 17 $59,917,100
60 Tony Scott $1,016,747,780 16 $63,546,736
61 Marc Webb $1,015,309,980 4 $253,827,495
62 James Mangold $1,013,875,978 13 $77,990,460
63 Brett Ratner $1,012,723,483 13 $77,901,806
64 John Musker $1,008,344,713 5 $201,668,943
65 Ron Clements $1,008,344,713 5 $201,668,943
66 Rich Moore $985,537,190 3 $328,512,397
67 Steve Martino $983,687,368 4 $245,921,842
68 Juan Antonio Bayona $967,832,386 4 $241,958,097
69 Ang Lee $961,852,593 14 $68,703,757
70 Matthew Vaughn $951,140,602 8 $118,892,575
71 Hayao Miyazaki $948,935,342 10 $94,893,534
72 Mike Mitchell $943,479,286 5 $188,695,857
73 James Gunn $938,672,988 6 $156,445,498
74 Matt Reeves $936,064,875 6 $156,010,813
75 Quentin Tarantino $933,519,937 11 $84,865,449
76 Stephen Chow $931,189,634 5 $186,237,927
77 Wolfgang Petersen $927,491,957 11 $84,317,451
78 Brad Peyton $924,086,434 9 $102,676,270
79 Paul W.S. Anderson $923,092,913 5 $184,618,583
80 Chris Weitz $918,194,774 8 $114,774,347
81 Doug Liman $917,139,410 12 $76,428,284
82 Guy Ritchie $906,910,262 11 $82,446,387
83 Marc Forster $902,773,344 11 $82,070,304
84 Chris Miller $890,337,965 4 $222,584,491
85 Luc Besson $883,410,427 15 $58,894,028
86 Jennifer Yuh Nelson $874,674,248 3 $291,558,083
87 Chris Buck $873,496,971 2 $436,748,486
88 Jennifer Lee $873,496,971 2 $436,748,486
89 Lana Wachowski $870,789,438 6 $145,131,573
90 Edward Zwick $868,504,135 13 $66,808,010
91 Wu Jing $858,713,071 1 $858,713,071
92 Gareth Edwards $852,613,593 3 $284,204,531
93 Shane Black $839,993,627 6 $139,998,938
94 Jon Turteltaub $834,118,040 12 $69,509,837
95 Peter Berg $827,127,399 11 $75,193,400
96 Stephen Sommers $826,300,274 9 $91,811,142
97 Kirk Wise $824,635,624 4 $206,158,906
98 Paul Greengrass $802,799,982 8 $100,349,998
99 Rian Johnson $801,890,858 2 $400,945,429
100 Louis Leterrier $796,684,636 7 $113,812,091

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

Steven Spielberg: By Romain DUBOIS (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

James Cameron: Angela George [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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