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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 22 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 ($1,671,713,208 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: 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 ($381,081,967 in 2017), Fifty Shades Freed ($370,621,738 in 2018), The Rock ($336,069,511 in 1996)

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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 $7,413,151,063 22 $336,961,412
3 John Schwartzman $7,107,529,255 23 $309,023,011
4 Janusz Kaminski $6,218,062,779 22 $282,639,217
5 Dean Semler $5,789,711,843 32 $180,928,495
6 Bill Pope $5,451,227,658 17 $320,660,450
7 Dean Cundey $5,170,962,138 25 $206,838,486
8 Don Burgess $5,118,015,581 26 $196,846,753
9 Stephen F. Windon $5,052,839,963 7 $721,834,280
10 David Tattersall $4,974,461,270 21 $236,879,108
11 Jeremy Lasky $4,966,628,519 8 $620,828,565
12 Russell Carpenter $4,898,969,854 19 $257,840,519
13 Amir Mokri $4,752,001,610 18 $264,000,089
14 Dan Mindel $4,548,353,578 12 $379,029,465
15 Mauro Fiore $4,338,507,666 19 $228,342,509
16 Trent Opaloch $4,312,435,645 6 $718,739,274
17 Seamus McGarvey $4,133,943,041 18 $229,663,502
18 Ben Davis $3,916,532,311 16 $244,783,269
19 Roger Deakins $3,908,402,690 25 $156,336,108
20 Guillermo Navarro $3,861,684,860 13 $297,052,682
21 John Seale $3,851,500,689 14 $275,107,192
22 Wally Pfister $3,822,921,156 9 $424,769,017
23 Philippe Rousselot $3,699,285,265 19 $194,699,224
24 Robert Richardson $3,339,164,079 22 $151,780,185
25 Javier Aguirresarobe $3,252,510,776 15 $216,834,052
26 Oliver Wood $3,221,495,893 21 $153,404,566
27 Roger Pratt $3,171,404,937 8 $396,425,617
28 John Toll $3,155,389,174 15 $210,359,278
29 Donald M. McAlpine $3,096,838,507 15 $206,455,900
30 John Mathieson $3,084,429,798 17 $181,437,047
31 Newton Thomas Sigel $3,055,565,547 17 $179,739,150
32 Robert Elswit $3,038,944,728 22 $138,133,851
33 Tom Stern $2,882,241,724 17 $169,543,631
34 Tobias Schliessler $2,872,820,414 11 $261,165,492
35 Matthew Libatique $2,870,754,589 17 $168,867,917
36 Salvatore Totino $2,833,019,303 12 $236,084,942
37 Sharon Calahan $2,771,775,352 5 $554,355,070
38 Larry Fong $2,758,028,547 8 $344,753,568
39 Renato Falcao $2,664,255,896 6 $444,042,649
40 Phil Meheux $2,625,204,767 10 $262,520,477
41 Eduardo Serra $2,616,599,806 5 $523,319,961
42 Dante Spinotti $2,351,426,871 19 $123,759,309
43 Emmanuel Lubezki $2,347,888,992 16 $146,743,062
44 Hoyte Van Hoytema $2,307,027,194 7 $329,575,313
45 Phedon Papamichael $2,243,942,724 19 $118,102,249
46 Conrad Buff $2,208,208,395 1 $2,208,208,395
47 James Cameron $2,208,208,395 1 $2,208,208,395
48 Richard A. Harris $2,208,208,395 1 $2,208,208,395
49 Patrick Lin $2,199,897,710 3 $733,299,237
50 Simon Duggan $2,191,015,818 8 $273,876,977
51 Mitchell Amundsen $2,171,669,286 12 $180,972,441
52 Julio Macat $2,164,118,168 15 $144,274,545
53 Michael Seresin $2,163,683,163 7 $309,097,595
54 Florian Ballhaus $2,138,980,239 14 $152,784,303
55 Haris Zambarloukos $2,124,250,128 8 $265,531,266
56 Paul Cameron $2,083,499,873 10 $208,349,987
57 Ben Seresin $2,059,843,932 7 $294,263,419
58 Steve Yedlin $2,050,977,132 9 $227,886,348
59 Bojan Bazelli $2,024,433,138 11 $184,039,376
60 Lawrence Sher $1,991,097,882 11 $181,008,898
61 Dion Beebe $1,983,151,847 13 $152,550,142
62 Claudio Miranda $1,982,890,606 8 $247,861,326
63 Robert Yeoman $1,962,570,630 16 $122,660,664
64 Barry Peterson $1,920,378,435 14 $137,169,888
65 Michael Ballhaus $1,864,873,593 12 $155,406,133
66 Stephen Goldblatt $1,851,043,845 12 $154,253,654
67 Karl Walter Lindenlaub $1,845,770,641 12 $153,814,220
68 Greig Fraser $1,837,028,801 9 $204,114,311
69 Jo Willems $1,826,716,035 5 $365,343,207
70 Adam Greenberg $1,819,964,678 11 $165,451,334
71 Michael Barrett $1,792,014,185 17 $105,412,599
72 Andrew Dunn $1,781,235,148 15 $118,749,010
73 Peter Andrews $1,731,850,255 12 $144,320,855
74 Ueli Steiger $1,686,747,887 9 $187,416,432
75 Bruno Delbonnel $1,679,849,080 7 $239,978,440
76 Rodrigo Prieto $1,668,831,588 12 $139,069,299
77 Stuart Dryburgh $1,649,733,369 14 $117,838,098
78 Tak Fujimoto $1,626,839,618 8 $203,354,952
79 Peter Deming $1,623,629,639 15 $108,241,976
80 Shelly Johnson $1,617,194,525 11 $147,017,684
81 Gyula Pados $1,605,039,971 6 $267,506,662
82 Allen Daviau $1,589,917,314 7 $227,131,045
83 Caleb Deschanel $1,576,121,865 11 $143,283,806
84 Matt Aspbury $1,543,986,737 2 $771,993,369
85 Jonathan Sela $1,540,138,859 7 $220,019,837
86 Douglas Slocombe $1,538,077,305 6 $256,346,218
87 Jack N. Green $1,505,435,053 12 $125,452,921
88 Theo Van de Sande $1,489,170,891 13 $114,551,607
89 Peter Menzies $1,480,903,085 6 $246,817,181
90 Rachel Morrison $1,383,280,674 11 $125,752,789
91 Slawomir Idziak $1,370,692,734 6 $228,448,789
92 Rob Dressel $1,291,608,234 2 $645,804,117
93 Scott Beattie $1,274,234,980 1 $1,274,234,980
94 Matthew F. Leonetti $1,267,321,485 11 $115,211,044
95 Danny Cohen $1,266,315,840 9 $140,701,760
96 Henry Braham $1,227,157,184 3 $409,052,395
97 Charles Minsky $1,216,931,727 8 $152,116,466
98 Thierry Arbogast $1,182,538,633 10 $118,253,863
99 Robert Anderson $1,181,156,227 2 $590,578,114
100 Peter Menzies Jr. $1,170,022,065 11 $106,365,642

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

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.

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