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Top Grossing Story Creator at the International Box OfficeBETA


See also: Top Domestic Story Creators - 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 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 Stunt Coordinators - Top International Supervising Sound Editors - Top International Unit Production Managers - Top International Visual Effects Supervisors - Top Worldwide Story Creators

This list shows the highest grossing Story Creators 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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Stan Lee
Best known as an Executive Producer based on credits in that role in 46 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Avengers: Infinity War ($1,343,589,260 in 2018), The Avengers ($896,200,000 in 2012), Black Panther ($647,011,693 in 2018), Spider-Man 3 ($558,329,927 in 2007), Spider-Man: Homecoming ($546,009,289 in 2017), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($506,142,403 in 2014), The Amazing Spider-Man ($495,859,604 in 2012), Spider-Man 2 ($421,586,185 in 2004), Spider-Man ($418,000,000 in 2002), Iron Man 2 ($308,723,058 in 2010)

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J.K. Rowling
Best known as a Story Creator based on credits in that role in 8 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II ($960,500,000 in 2011), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I ($664,300,000 in 2010), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ($657,179,821 in 2001), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ($650,939,197 in 2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($633,124,489 in 2009), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ($616,991,754 in 2002), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ($606,898,042 in 2005), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ($547,149,597 in 2004)

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Jack Kirby
Best known as a Story Creator based on credits in that role in 12 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Avengers: Infinity War ($1,343,589,260 in 2018), The Avengers ($896,200,000 in 2012), Black Panther ($647,011,693 in 2018), Iron Man 2 ($308,723,058 in 2010), Thor ($268,295,994 in 2011), Iron Man ($266,567,421 in 2008), Captain America: The First Avenger ($193,915,271 in 2011), Fantastic Four ($178,436,670 in 2005), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer ($157,558,953 in 2007), The Incredible Hulk ($130,766,946 in 2008)

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Complete List

Rank Name International
Box Office
Movies Average
1 Stan Lee $7,395,548,253 18 $410,863,792
2 J.K. Rowling $5,337,082,900 8 $667,135,363
3 Jack Kirby $4,503,963,466 12 $375,330,289
4 J.R.R. Tolkien $4,043,374,332 6 $673,895,722
5 Steve Ditko $2,945,927,408 6 $490,987,901
6 Andrew Stanton $2,694,134,934 7 $384,876,419
7 John Lasseter $2,027,263,019 7 $289,609,003
8 Stephenie Meyer $1,989,401,743 6 $331,566,957
9 Pete Docter $1,957,007,697 6 $326,167,950
10 George Lucas $1,895,867,525 9 $210,651,947
11 Bruce Geller $1,866,036,048 6 $311,006,008
12 David S. Goyer $1,578,972,613 4 $394,743,153
13 Jennifer Lee $1,552,117,137 2 $776,058,569
14 Suzanne Collins $1,508,428,615 4 $377,107,154
15 Michael Crichton $1,330,490,484 8 $166,311,311
16 Ted Elliott $1,266,743,589 7 $180,963,370
17 Terry Rossio $1,266,743,589 7 $180,963,370
18 Lee Unkrich $1,245,055,308 2 $622,527,654
19 Gary Scott Thompson $1,227,715,774 2 $613,857,887
20 Bob Peterson $1,186,044,335 3 $395,348,112
21 John Logan $1,172,193,741 4 $293,048,435
22 Bryan Singer $1,101,763,557 5 $220,352,711
23 Dan Brown $1,093,001,935 3 $364,333,978
24 Amanda Silver $1,084,842,583 2 $542,421,292
25 Rick Jaffa $1,084,842,583 2 $542,421,292
26 Lowell Cunningham $1,063,641,631 3 $354,547,210
27 Phil Johnston $1,007,576,402 3 $335,858,801
28 Rich Moore $985,719,010 2 $492,859,505
29 Jim Reardon $985,719,010 2 $492,859,505
30 Mark Millar $957,201,561 5 $191,440,312
31 E.L. James $941,598,772 3 $313,866,257
32 Neal Purvis $914,346,748 2 $457,173,374
33 Robert Wade $914,346,748 2 $457,173,374
34 Zak Penn $896,200,000 1 $896,200,000
35 Roland Emmerich $893,764,357 3 $297,921,452
36 Zack Snyder $884,744,445 3 $294,914,815
37 Brenda Chapman $881,957,427 3 $293,985,809
38 Chris Van Allsburg $874,533,027 4 $218,633,257
39 Shane Morris $873,496,971 1 $873,496,971
40 Chris Buck $873,496,971 1 $873,496,971
41 Charles Perrault $850,529,407 2 $425,264,704
42 Christopher Nolan $845,229,260 2 $422,614,630
43 Larry Lieber $843,586,473 4 $210,896,618
44 Fabian Nicieza $831,437,797 2 $415,718,899
45 Rob Liefeld $831,437,797 2 $415,718,899
46 Stephen King $818,577,602 43 $19,036,688
47 Jon Spaihts $816,302,155 3 $272,100,718
48 Alex Kurtzman $815,158,600 3 $271,719,533
49 Tim Powers $804,600,000 1 $804,600,000
50 Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont $758,952,841 2 $379,476,421
51 Linda Woolverton $758,952,841 2 $379,476,421
52 William Steig $719,939,668 2 $359,969,834
53 Michael Berg $718,443,294 1 $718,443,294
54 Lori Forte $718,443,294 1 $718,443,294
55 Carlos Saldanha $705,207,856 2 $352,603,928
56 Byron Howard $704,870,166 2 $352,435,083
57 James Dashner $682,738,397 3 $227,579,466
58 Jared Bush $678,620,166 1 $678,620,166
59 Josie Trinidad $678,620,166 1 $678,620,166
60 Jason Carter Eaton $663,128,152 1 $663,128,152
61 Ethan Reiff $633,447,798 2 $316,723,899
62 Cyrus Voris $633,447,798 2 $316,723,899
63 Max Brooks $618,547,940 2 $309,273,970
64 Helen Fielding $613,133,895 3 $204,377,965
65 John Musker $610,888,434 3 $203,629,478
66 Ron Clements $610,888,434 3 $203,629,478
67 Sam Raimi $601,868,427 3 $200,622,809
68 Rudyard Kipling $599,840,677 2 $299,920,339
69 Frank Miller $577,912,639 4 $144,478,160
70 Don Heck $575,290,479 2 $287,645,240
71 Dan Gilroy $571,454,161 2 $285,727,081
72 Michael Dougherty $561,265,065 2 $280,632,533
73 Dan Harris $561,265,065 2 $280,632,533
74 Ivan Raimi $558,329,927 1 $558,329,927
75 Chris McKenna $557,592,445 1 $557,592,445
76 Ronald Shusett $551,649,300 3 $183,883,100
77 Dan O’Bannon $551,649,300 3 $183,883,100
78 Gene Roddenberry $544,103,322 3 $181,367,774
79 John Gatins $543,638,241 2 $271,819,121
80 Stuart Beattie $537,310,398 3 $179,103,466
81 Victoria Strouse $536,321,815 1 $536,321,815
82 Stephany Folsom $535,591,994 1 $535,591,994
83 Craig Kyle $535,591,994 1 $535,591,994
84 Christopher L. Yost $535,591,994 1 $535,591,994
85 Brad Bird $533,951,176 2 $266,975,588
86 Dean Devlin $524,185,706 2 $262,092,853
87 Gary Whitta $518,811,164 1 $518,811,164
88 John Knoll $518,811,164 1 $518,811,164
89 Victor Hugo $518,720,431 3 $172,906,810
90 Jane Goldman $513,941,241 1 $513,941,241
91 Matthew Vaughn $513,941,241 1 $513,941,241
92 Philip K. Dick $511,404,051 6 $85,234,009
93 Kevin Jarre $508,998,975 3 $169,666,325
94 Drew Pearce $505,825,986 1 $505,825,986
95 Christopher McQuarrie $505,825,986 1 $505,825,986
96 Ronnie del Carmen $501,258,949 1 $501,258,949
97 James Vanderbilt $495,859,604 1 $495,859,604
98 Dan Hageman $493,625,655 3 $164,541,885
99 Kevin Hageman $493,625,655 3 $164,541,885
100 David Callaham $493,599,650 2 $246,799,825

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

Stan Lee: By Edward Liu (Stan "The Man" Lee) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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