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Box Office Star Records > Worldwide > Lifetime Specific Technical Role > Top Worldwide Cinematographers

Top Grossing Cinematographer at the Worldwide Box OfficeBETA


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This list shows the highest grossing Cinematographers based on the worldwide 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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Andrew Lesnie
Best known as a Cinematographer based on credits in that role in 13 films.
Top films contributed to this record: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($1,141,403,341 in 2003), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($1,017,003,568 in 2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ($960,366,855 in 2013), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ($955,119,788 in 2014), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ($934,699,645 in 2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ($887,210,985 in 2001), I am Legend ($585,532,684 in 2007), King Kong ($550,517,357 in 2005), Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($482,860,185 in 2011), The Last Airbender ($319,713,881 in 2010)

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Dariusz Wolski
Best known as a Cinematographer based on credits in that role in 20 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($1,066,215,812 in 2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($1,045,663,875 in 2011), Alice in Wonderland ($1,025,491,110 in 2010), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($963,420,425 in 2007), The Martian ($663,851,905 in 2015), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl ($634,954,103 in 2003), Prometheus ($402,448,265 in 2012), Exodus: Gods and Kings ($268,314,513 in 2014), Alien: Covenant ($238,862,031 in 2017), Eagle Eye ($178,066,569 in 2008)

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John Schwartzman
Best known as a Cinematographer based on credits in that role in 23 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Jurassic World ($1,671,640,593 in 2015), The Amazing Spider-Man ($757,890,267 in 2012), Armageddon ($554,600,000 in 1998), Meet the Fockers ($516,567,575 in 2004), National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets ($457,325,804 in 2007), Pearl Harbor ($449,239,855 in 2001), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian ($402,231,063 in 2009), Fifty Shades Darker ($380,981,543 in 2017), The Rock ($336,069,511 in 1996), The Green Hornet ($229,155,503 in 2011)

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Complete List

Rank Name Worldwide
Box Office
Movies Average
1 Andrew Lesnie $7,960,187,386 13 $612,322,107
2 Dariusz Wolski $7,359,547,439 20 $367,977,372
3 John Schwartzman $6,736,738,038 23 $292,901,654
4 Dean Semler $5,789,658,439 32 $180,926,826
5 Janusz Kaminski $5,464,248,067 22 $248,374,912
6 Bill Pope $5,450,539,846 16 $340,658,740
7 Dean Cundey $5,167,875,593 24 $215,328,150
8 Stephen F. Windon $5,049,571,897 7 $721,367,414
9 David Tattersall $4,972,706,126 21 $236,795,530
10 Jeremy Lasky $4,961,328,519 7 $708,761,217
11 Don Burgess $4,956,319,331 26 $190,627,667
12 Russell Carpenter $4,899,033,626 18 $272,168,535
13 Amir Mokri $4,751,529,056 16 $296,970,566
14 Mauro Fiore $4,336,212,798 17 $255,071,341
15 Dan Mindel $4,256,373,651 12 $354,697,804
16 Roger Deakins $3,899,898,360 25 $155,995,934
17 Guillermo Navarro $3,861,684,860 13 $297,052,682
18 John Seale $3,851,501,832 14 $275,107,274
19 Wally Pfister $3,822,921,156 9 $424,769,017
20 Ben Davis $3,780,673,955 16 $236,292,122
21 Seamus McGarvey $3,705,117,626 17 $217,948,096
22 Philippe Rousselot $3,699,285,265 18 $205,515,848
23 Robert Richardson $3,338,005,569 21 $158,952,646
24 Javier Aguirresarobe $3,233,852,063 14 $230,989,433
25 Oliver Wood $3,218,367,657 19 $169,387,771
26 Roger Pratt $3,171,404,937 8 $396,425,617
27 John Toll $3,155,335,168 15 $210,355,678
28 Donald M. McAlpine $3,096,839,349 15 $206,455,957
29 John Mathieson $3,084,416,442 16 $192,776,028
30 Newton Thomas Sigel $3,054,345,510 17 $179,667,383
31 Robert Elswit $3,035,406,903 21 $144,543,186
32 Matthew Libatique $2,870,487,480 16 $179,405,468
33 Salvatore Totino $2,832,197,167 12 $236,016,431
34 Tom Stern $2,826,094,828 17 $166,240,872
35 Sharon Calahan $2,771,775,352 5 $554,355,070
36 Larry Fong $2,758,028,547 8 $344,753,568
37 Tobias Schliessler $2,753,628,846 11 $250,329,895
38 Phil Meheux $2,625,204,767 10 $262,520,477
39 Eduardo Serra $2,616,599,806 5 $523,319,961
40 Trent Opaloch $2,471,353,962 6 $411,892,327
41 Renato Falcao $2,373,399,716 6 $395,566,619
42 Emmanuel Lubezki $2,347,888,992 16 $146,743,062
43 Dante Spinotti $2,342,092,789 17 $137,770,164
44 Hoyte Van Hoytema $2,312,129,212 7 $330,304,173
45 Richard A. Harris $2,208,272,167 1 $2,208,272,167
46 Conrad Buff $2,208,272,167 1 $2,208,272,167
47 James Cameron $2,208,272,167 1 $2,208,272,167
48 Phedon Papamichael $2,204,747,229 19 $116,039,328
49 Patrick Lin $2,199,897,710 3 $733,299,237
50 Simon Duggan $2,191,015,818 8 $273,876,977
51 Michael Seresin $2,163,683,163 7 $309,097,595
52 Julio Macat $2,091,712,768 15 $139,447,518
53 Florian Ballhaus $2,072,997,536 13 $159,461,349
54 Ben Seresin $2,062,616,295 7 $294,659,471
55 Mitchell Amundsen $2,043,958,627 10 $204,395,863
56 Bojan Bazelli $2,024,433,138 11 $184,039,376
57 Lawrence Sher $1,990,524,883 11 $180,956,808
58 Dion Beebe $1,982,696,331 13 $152,515,102
59 Claudio Miranda $1,982,199,407 8 $247,774,926
60 Paul Cameron $1,981,304,043 10 $198,130,404
61 Robert Yeoman $1,962,465,637 15 $130,831,042
62 Michael Ballhaus $1,864,873,593 12 $155,406,133
63 Stephen Goldblatt $1,851,043,845 12 $154,253,654
64 Karl Walter Lindenlaub $1,845,770,641 12 $153,814,220
65 Greig Fraser $1,823,861,782 7 $260,551,683
66 Adam Greenberg $1,819,964,678 11 $165,451,334
67 Barry Peterson $1,800,359,219 13 $138,489,171
68 Andrew Dunn $1,762,942,580 14 $125,924,470
69 Michael Barrett $1,733,139,425 15 $115,542,628
70 Peter Andrews $1,721,504,228 11 $156,500,384
71 Ueli Steiger $1,686,747,887 8 $210,843,486
72 Jo Willems $1,680,768,335 5 $336,153,667
73 Rodrigo Prieto $1,664,018,795 12 $138,668,233
74 Stuart Dryburgh $1,644,589,655 13 $126,506,897
75 Tak Fujimoto $1,626,839,618 8 $203,354,952
76 Peter Deming $1,623,629,639 14 $115,973,546
77 Shelly Johnson $1,604,609,885 10 $160,460,989
78 Haris Zambarloukos $1,590,569,555 5 $318,113,911
79 Allen Daviau $1,589,917,314 7 $227,131,045
80 Caleb Deschanel $1,575,552,139 11 $143,232,013
81 Douglas Slocombe $1,560,551,197 6 $260,091,866
82 Bruno Delbonnel $1,536,493,436 7 $219,499,062
83 Jack N. Green $1,505,435,053 12 $125,452,921
84 Theo Van de Sande $1,489,170,891 13 $114,551,607
85 Peter Menzies $1,480,903,085 6 $246,817,181
86 Slawomir Idziak $1,370,692,734 6 $228,448,789
87 Rob Dressel $1,291,665,036 2 $645,832,518
88 Scott Beattie $1,274,234,980 1 $1,274,234,980
89 Matthew F. Leonetti $1,267,321,485 11 $115,211,044
90 Danny Cohen $1,248,432,340 7 $178,347,477
91 Henry Braham $1,227,572,541 3 $409,190,847
92 Jonathan Sela $1,213,876,834 6 $202,312,806
93 Charles Minsky $1,208,344,573 8 $151,043,072
94 Thierry Arbogast $1,182,538,633 10 $118,253,863
95 Robert Anderson $1,181,156,227 2 $590,578,114
96 Peter Lyons Collister $1,136,990,493 6 $189,498,416
97 Matt Aspbury $1,133,231,433 2 $566,615,717
98 Russell Boyd $1,130,078,752 5 $226,015,750
99 Barry Ackroyd $1,122,060,921 12 $93,505,077
100 Matthew Jensen $1,108,672,201 3 $369,557,400

This table is updated daily to reflect the latest studio reports.

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.

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