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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 45 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), 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), Schindler's List ($225,298,388 in 1993)

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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 ($2,023,411,357 in 2009), Titanic ($1,548,922,679 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 $5,524,037,048 33 $167,395,062
2 Peter Jackson $4,428,983,914 12 $369,081,993
3 James Cameron $4,256,947,554 13 $327,457,504
4 Michael Bay $4,118,445,309 13 $316,803,485
5 David Yates $3,701,124,453 8 $462,640,557
6 Christopher Nolan $2,702,952,074 11 $245,722,916
7 Roland Emmerich $2,572,336,836 15 $171,489,122
8 Pierre Coffin $2,500,265,289 4 $625,066,322
9 Ridley Scott $2,453,836,527 26 $94,378,328
10 Chris Columbus $2,343,064,780 16 $146,441,549
11 Robert Zemeckis $2,224,381,459 19 $117,072,708
12 Tim Burton $2,222,556,194 19 $116,976,642
13 Carlos Saldanha $2,157,386,160 8 $269,673,270
14 Gore Verbinski $2,136,321,070 11 $194,211,006
15 Ron Howard $2,013,370,126 26 $77,437,313
16 J.J. Abrams $1,883,521,916 6 $313,920,319
17 Sam Mendes $1,882,823,002 7 $268,974,715
18 Joss Whedon $1,860,217,777 5 $372,043,555
19 Zack Snyder $1,843,658,106 10 $184,365,811
20 Tom McGrath $1,803,785,384 5 $360,757,077
21 Sam Raimi $1,783,274,993 15 $118,885,000
22 Francis Lawrence $1,771,374,335 8 $221,421,792
23 James Wan $1,727,223,878 8 $215,902,985
24 George Lucas $1,717,847,175 6 $286,307,863
25 Bryan Singer $1,671,136,931 10 $167,113,693
26 Eric Darnell $1,658,999,728 5 $331,799,946
27 Andrew Stanton $1,610,641,097 4 $402,660,274
28 Kyle Balda $1,601,132,791 2 $800,566,396
29 Chris Renaud $1,543,647,180 5 $308,729,436
30 M. Night Shyamalan $1,537,626,476 12 $128,135,540
31 Justin Lin $1,451,585,577 9 $161,287,286
32 Andrew Adamson $1,440,910,802 6 $240,151,800
33 John Lasseter $1,415,047,173 7 $202,149,596
34 Brad Bird $1,380,726,775 6 $230,121,129
35 Jon Favreau $1,343,770,793 10 $134,377,079
36 Barry Sonnenfeld $1,333,563,560 13 $102,581,812
37 Andy Wachowski $1,327,812,678 7 $189,687,525
38 Martin Campbell $1,315,559,512 13 $101,196,886
39 Byron Howard $1,278,269,480 3 $426,089,827
40 Shawn Levy $1,262,730,226 11 $114,793,657
41 Anthony Russo $1,254,475,077 5 $250,895,015
42 Joe Russo $1,254,475,077 5 $250,895,015
43 Conrad Vernon $1,253,331,564 4 $313,332,891
44 David Fincher $1,246,241,517 11 $113,294,683
45 F. Gary Gray $1,241,886,899 10 $124,188,690
46 Clint Eastwood $1,233,634,831 35 $35,246,709
47 Lee Unkrich $1,177,239,869 2 $588,619,935
48 Steven Soderbergh $1,171,787,271 29 $40,406,458
49 Rob Marshall $1,154,514,920 6 $192,419,153
50 Mike Newell $1,148,799,317 15 $76,586,621
51 Rob Minkoff $1,140,914,326 7 $162,987,761
52 Martin Scorsese $1,110,003,796 28 $39,642,993
53 Todd Phillips $1,066,265,547 9 $118,473,950
54 Raja Gosnell $1,053,368,670 9 $117,040,963
55 Alfonso CuarĂ³n $1,052,682,425 8 $131,585,303
56 Kenneth Branagh $1,022,341,136 17 $60,137,714
57 Colin Trevorrow $1,019,945,745 3 $339,981,915
58 Tony Scott $1,016,747,780 16 $63,546,736
59 James Mangold $1,013,976,081 11 $92,179,644
60 Brett Ratner $1,012,723,483 14 $72,337,392
61 Marc Webb $1,009,534,631 4 $252,383,658
62 Ron Clements $1,008,512,368 5 $201,702,474
63 John Musker $1,008,512,368 5 $201,702,474
64 Rich Moore $985,751,570 3 $328,583,857
65 Steve Martino $983,687,368 3 $327,895,789
66 Ang Lee $962,674,842 14 $68,762,489
67 Chris Miller $954,702,727 4 $238,675,682
68 Matthew Vaughn $951,153,112 8 $118,894,139
69 Hayao Miyazaki $948,924,853 9 $105,436,095
70 Mike Mitchell $943,731,907 5 $188,746,381
71 James Gunn $938,982,270 6 $156,497,045
72 Matt Reeves $936,752,770 6 $156,125,462
73 Pete Docter $935,705,083 2 $467,852,542
74 Quentin Tarantino $933,519,937 11 $84,865,449
75 Stephen Chow $931,189,634 5 $186,237,927
76 Wolfgang Petersen $918,850,293 10 $91,885,029
77 Chris Weitz $918,194,774 8 $114,774,347
78 Paul W.S. Anderson $917,650,304 5 $183,530,061
79 Doug Liman $916,218,229 11 $83,292,566
80 Guy Ritchie $906,910,262 10 $90,691,026
81 Marc Forster $902,584,391 10 $90,258,439
82 Luc Besson $876,972,281 15 $58,464,819
83 Jennifer Yuh Nelson $874,674,248 3 $291,558,083
84 Chris Buck $873,496,971 2 $436,748,486
85 Jennifer Lee $873,496,971 2 $436,748,486
86 Lana Wachowski $870,789,438 6 $145,131,573
87 Edward Zwick $868,504,135 12 $72,375,345
88 Wu Jing $858,713,071 1 $858,713,071
89 Gareth Edwards $852,613,593 3 $284,204,531
90 Shane Black $839,993,627 6 $139,998,938
91 Jon Turteltaub $834,118,040 12 $69,509,837
92 Peter Berg $827,127,399 11 $75,193,400
93 Stephen Sommers $826,300,274 9 $91,811,142
94 Kirk Wise $824,635,624 4 $206,158,906
95 Rian Johnson $808,993,048 2 $404,496,524
96 Paul Greengrass $802,799,982 8 $100,349,998
97 Louis Leterrier $796,684,636 7 $113,812,091
98 John Woo $792,577,154 10 $79,257,715
99 Alan Taylor $788,640,376 2 $394,320,188
100 Richard Donner $787,876,990 17 $46,345,705

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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