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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 44 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 ($546,005,371 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 $5,633,043,382 18 $312,946,855
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 $2,945,923,490 6 $490,987,248
5 Jack Kirby $2,741,462,513 12 $228,455,209
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 $1,952,994,618 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 Ted Elliott $1,266,743,589 7 $180,963,370
17 Terry Rossio $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 Lee Unkrich $1,177,723,993 2 $588,861,997
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 Rick Jaffa $1,084,842,583 2 $542,421,292
25 Amanda Silver $1,084,842,583 2 $542,421,292
26 Lowell Cunningham $1,063,641,631 3 $354,547,210
27 Phil Johnston $1,007,608,962 3 $335,869,654
28 Rich Moore $985,751,570 2 $492,875,785
29 Jim Reardon $985,751,570 2 $492,875,785
30 Mark Millar $957,301,664 5 $191,460,333
31 Neal Purvis $914,346,748 2 $457,173,374
32 Robert Wade $914,346,748 2 $457,173,374
33 Zak Penn $896,200,000 1 $896,200,000
34 Roland Emmerich $893,764,357 3 $297,921,452
35 Zack Snyder $884,744,445 3 $294,914,815
36 Brenda Chapman $881,995,600 2 $440,997,800
37 Shane Morris $873,496,971 1 $873,496,971
38 Chris Buck $873,496,971 1 $873,496,971
39 E.L. James $867,982,104 3 $289,327,368
40 Charles Perrault $850,529,407 2 $425,264,704
41 Chris Van Allsburg $845,326,668 4 $211,331,667
42 Christopher Nolan $845,229,260 2 $422,614,630
43 Larry Lieber $843,586,473 4 $210,896,618
44 Stephen King $818,519,839 43 $19,035,345
45 Jon Spaihts $816,520,422 3 $272,173,474
46 Alex Kurtzman $815,158,600 3 $271,719,533
47 Tim Powers $804,600,000 1 $804,600,000
48 Linda Woolverton $759,095,408 1 $759,095,408
49 Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont $759,095,408 2 $379,547,704
50 William Steig $719,939,668 2 $359,969,834
51 Michael Berg $718,443,294 1 $718,443,294
52 Lori Forte $718,443,294 1 $718,443,294
53 Carlos Saldanha $705,207,856 2 $352,603,928
54 Byron Howard $704,902,726 2 $352,451,363
55 James Dashner $679,962,479 3 $226,654,160
56 Jared Bush $678,652,726 1 $678,652,726
57 Josie Trinidad $678,652,726 1 $678,652,726
58 Jason Carter Eaton $663,128,152 1 $663,128,152
59 Ethan Reiff $633,447,798 2 $316,723,899
60 Cyrus Voris $633,447,798 2 $316,723,899
61 Max Brooks $618,547,940 2 $309,273,970
62 Helen Fielding $613,133,895 3 $204,377,965
63 John Musker $611,056,089 3 $203,685,363
64 Ron Clements $611,056,089 3 $203,685,363
65 Sam Raimi $601,868,427 3 $200,622,809
66 Rudyard Kipling $599,900,000 2 $299,950,000
67 Frank Miller $577,912,639 4 $144,478,160
68 Don Heck $575,290,479 2 $287,645,240
69 Dan Gilroy $571,501,947 2 $285,750,974
70 Michael Dougherty $561,265,065 2 $280,632,533
71 Dan Harris $561,265,065 2 $280,632,533
72 Ivan Raimi $558,329,927 1 $558,329,927
73 Dan O'Bannon $551,649,300 3 $183,883,100
74 Ronald Shusett $551,649,300 3 $183,883,100
75 Gene Roddenberry $544,103,322 3 $181,367,774
76 John Gatins $543,686,027 2 $271,843,014
77 Stuart Beattie $537,310,398 3 $179,103,466
78 Victoria Strouse $536,321,815 1 $536,321,815
79 Christopher L. Yost $535,595,123 1 $535,595,123
80 Stephany Folsom $535,595,123 1 $535,595,123
81 Craig Kyle $535,595,123 1 $535,595,123
82 Brad Bird $533,951,176 2 $266,975,588
83 Chris McKenna $528,386,086 1 $528,386,086
84 Dean Devlin $524,185,706 2 $262,092,853
85 John Knoll $518,811,164 1 $518,811,164
86 Gary Whitta $518,811,164 1 $518,811,164
87 Victor Hugo $518,720,431 3 $172,906,810
88 Jane Goldman $513,941,241 1 $513,941,241
89 Matthew Vaughn $513,941,241 1 $513,941,241
90 Kevin Jarre $508,998,975 3 $169,666,325
91 Drew Pearce $505,825,986 1 $505,825,986
92 Christopher McQuarrie $505,825,986 1 $505,825,986
93 Philip K. Dick $505,710,473 6 $84,285,079
94 Ronnie del Carmen $497,245,870 1 $497,245,870
95 James Vanderbilt $495,859,604 1 $495,859,604
96 Dan Hageman $493,636,123 3 $164,545,374
97 Kevin Hageman $493,636,123 3 $164,545,374
98 David Callaham $493,599,650 2 $246,799,825
99 Stephen Sommers $488,578,153 3 $162,859,384
100 Chris Sanders $485,928,473 2 $242,964,237

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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