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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 43 films.
Top films contributed to this record: The Avengers ($896,200,000 in 2012), Spider-Man 3 ($558,329,927 in 2007), Spider-Man: Homecoming ($545,460,628 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), Thor ($268,295,994 in 2011), Iron Man ($266,567,421 in 2008)

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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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J.R.R. Tolkien
Best known as a Story Creator based on credits in that role in 6 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)

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Complete List

Rank Name International
Box Office
Movies Average
1 Stan Lee $5,404,398,639 16 $337,774,915
2 J.K. Rowling $5,337,082,900 8 $667,135,363
3 J.R.R. Tolkien $4,043,374,332 6 $673,895,722
4 Steve Ditko $2,945,378,747 6 $490,896,458
5 Andrew Stanton $2,694,134,934 7 $384,876,419
6 Jack Kirby $2,513,362,513 10 $251,336,251
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 $1,952,994,618 6 $325,499,103
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 $1,552,149,697 2 $776,074,849
14 Suzanne Collins $1,508,428,615 4 $377,107,154
15 Michael Crichton $1,330,490,484 8 $166,311,311
16 Terry Rossio $1,266,743,589 7 $180,963,370
17 Ted Elliott $1,266,743,589 7 $180,963,370
18 Gary Scott Thompson $1,227,715,774 2 $613,857,887
19 Bob Peterson $1,186,036,600 3 $395,345,533
20 John Logan $1,172,193,741 4 $293,048,435
21 Bryan Singer $1,101,763,557 5 $220,352,711
22 Dan Brown $1,093,001,935 3 $364,333,978
23 Rick Jaffa $1,084,842,583 2 $542,421,292
24 Amanda Silver $1,084,842,583 2 $542,421,292
25 Lowell Cunningham $1,063,641,631 3 $354,547,210
26 Phil Johnston $1,007,608,962 3 $335,869,654
27 Rich Moore $985,751,570 2 $492,875,785
28 Jim Reardon $985,751,570 2 $492,875,785
29 Mark Millar $957,301,664 5 $191,460,333
30 Neal Purvis $914,346,748 2 $457,173,374
31 Robert Wade $914,346,748 2 $457,173,374
32 Lee Unkrich $908,661,124 2 $454,330,562
33 Zak Penn $896,200,000 1 $896,200,000
34 Roland Emmerich $893,764,357 3 $297,921,452
35 Brenda Chapman $881,995,600 2 $440,997,800
36 Shane Morris $873,496,971 1 $873,496,971
37 Chris Buck $873,496,971 1 $873,496,971
38 Zack Snyder $859,115,294 3 $286,371,765
39 Charles Perrault $850,529,407 2 $425,264,704
40 Christopher Nolan $845,229,260 2 $422,614,630
41 Larry Lieber $843,586,473 3 $281,195,491
42 Jon Spaihts $815,502,097 3 $271,834,032
43 Alex Kurtzman $814,140,275 3 $271,380,092
44 Stephen King $814,021,603 43 $18,930,735
45 Tim Powers $804,600,000 1 $804,600,000
46 Linda Woolverton $759,700,000 1 $759,700,000
47 Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont $759,700,000 2 $379,850,000
48 William Steig $719,939,668 2 $359,969,834
49 Michael Berg $718,443,294 1 $718,443,294
50 Lori Forte $718,443,294 1 $718,443,294
51 Carlos Saldanha $705,207,856 2 $352,603,928
52 Byron Howard $704,902,726 2 $352,451,363
53 Jared Bush $678,652,726 1 $678,652,726
54 Josie Trinidad $678,652,726 1 $678,652,726
55 E.L. James $671,378,404 3 $223,792,801
56 Jason Carter Eaton $663,128,152 1 $663,128,152
57 Ethan Reiff $633,447,798 2 $316,723,899
58 Cyrus Voris $633,447,798 2 $316,723,899
59 Max Brooks $618,547,940 2 $309,273,970
60 Helen Fielding $613,133,895 3 $204,377,965
61 John Musker $611,056,089 3 $203,685,363
62 Ron Clements $611,056,089 3 $203,685,363
63 Sam Raimi $601,868,427 3 $200,622,809
64 Rudyard Kipling $599,900,000 2 $299,950,000
65 Frank Miller $577,912,639 4 $144,478,160
66 Don Heck $575,290,479 2 $287,645,240
67 Dan Gilroy $571,501,947 2 $285,750,974
68 Michael Dougherty $561,265,065 2 $280,632,533
69 Dan Harris $561,265,065 2 $280,632,533
70 Ivan Raimi $558,329,927 1 $558,329,927
71 Dan O'Bannon $551,649,300 3 $183,883,100
72 Ronald Shusett $551,649,300 3 $183,883,100
73 Gene Roddenberry $544,103,322 3 $181,367,774
74 John Gatins $543,686,027 2 $271,843,014
75 Stuart Beattie $537,310,398 3 $179,103,466
76 Victoria Strouse $536,321,815 1 $536,321,815
77 Brad Bird $533,951,176 2 $266,975,588
78 Christopher L. Yost $532,000,000 1 $532,000,000
79 Stephany Folsom $532,000,000 1 $532,000,000
80 Craig Kyle $532,000,000 1 $532,000,000
81 Dean Devlin $524,185,706 2 $262,092,853
82 John Knoll $518,811,164 1 $518,811,164
83 Gary Whitta $518,811,164 1 $518,811,164
84 Victor Hugo $518,720,431 3 $172,906,810
85 Jane Goldman $513,941,241 1 $513,941,241
86 Matthew Vaughn $513,941,241 1 $513,941,241
87 Kevin Jarre $508,998,975 3 $169,666,325
88 Drew Pearce $505,825,986 1 $505,825,986
89 Christopher McQuarrie $505,825,986 1 $505,825,986
90 Philip K. Dick $504,009,043 6 $84,001,507
91 Ronnie del Carmen $497,245,870 1 $497,245,870
92 James Vanderbilt $495,859,604 1 $495,859,604
93 Dan Hageman $493,637,077 3 $164,545,692
94 Kevin Hageman $493,637,077 3 $164,545,692
95 David Callaham $493,599,650 2 $246,799,825
96 Stephen Sommers $488,578,153 3 $162,859,384
97 Chris Sanders $485,928,473 2 $242,964,237
98 Roberto Orci $484,926,399 2 $242,463,200
99 Yann Martel $483,000,000 1 $483,000,000
100 Daniel Gerson $475,100,000 1 $475,100,000

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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