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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 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), The Rock ($336,069,511 in 1996), Fifty Shades Freed ($276,495,856 in 2018)

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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 $7,405,432,127 22 $336,610,551
3 John Schwartzman $7,013,403,563 23 $304,930,590
4 Dean Semler $5,789,711,843 32 $180,928,495
5 Janusz Kaminski $5,599,190,676 22 $254,508,667
6 Bill Pope $5,451,307,753 17 $320,665,162
7 Dean Cundey $5,170,962,138 24 $215,456,756
8 Don Burgess $5,109,936,734 26 $196,536,028
9 Stephen F. Windon $5,052,839,963 7 $721,834,280
10 David Tattersall $4,974,301,860 21 $236,871,517
11 Jeremy Lasky $4,966,628,519 8 $620,828,565
12 Russell Carpenter $4,899,044,790 18 $272,169,155
13 Amir Mokri $4,751,547,457 16 $296,971,716
14 Mauro Fiore $4,336,217,605 17 $255,071,624
15 Dan Mindel $4,256,373,651 12 $354,697,804
16 Seamus McGarvey $4,047,413,530 17 $238,083,149
17 Roger Deakins $3,908,377,371 25 $156,335,095
18 Ben Davis $3,874,736,855 16 $242,171,053
19 Guillermo Navarro $3,861,684,860 13 $297,052,682
20 John Seale $3,851,500,689 14 $275,107,192
21 Wally Pfister $3,822,921,156 9 $424,769,017
22 Philippe Rousselot $3,699,285,265 18 $205,515,848
23 Robert Richardson $3,338,972,436 21 $158,998,687
24 Javier Aguirresarobe $3,252,100,150 15 $216,806,677
25 Oliver Wood $3,218,367,657 20 $160,918,383
26 Roger Pratt $3,171,404,937 8 $396,425,617
27 John Toll $3,155,389,174 15 $210,359,278
28 Donald M. McAlpine $3,096,838,507 15 $206,455,900
29 John Mathieson $3,084,633,860 16 $192,789,616
30 Newton Thomas Sigel $3,055,565,547 17 $179,739,150
31 Robert Elswit $3,038,351,792 22 $138,106,900
32 Matthew Libatique $2,870,754,589 16 $179,422,162
33 Tom Stern $2,864,318,515 17 $168,489,324
34 Salvatore Totino $2,832,917,717 12 $236,076,476
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 $2,753,024,254 11 $250,274,932
38 Renato Falcao $2,656,020,381 6 $442,670,064
39 Phil Meheux $2,625,204,767 10 $262,520,477
40 Eduardo Serra $2,616,599,806 5 $523,319,961
41 Trent Opaloch $2,471,353,962 6 $411,892,327
42 Emmanuel Lubezki $2,347,888,992 16 $146,743,062
43 Dante Spinotti $2,342,111,005 18 $130,117,278
44 Hoyte Van Hoytema $2,307,867,131 7 $329,695,304
45 Phedon Papamichael $2,243,770,788 19 $118,093,199
46 Conrad Buff $2,208,283,331 1 $2,208,283,331
47 James Cameron $2,208,283,331 1 $2,208,283,331
48 Richard A. Harris $2,208,283,331 1 $2,208,283,331
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 Michael Seresin $2,163,683,163 7 $309,097,595
53 Julio Macat $2,125,683,889 15 $141,712,259
54 Haris Zambarloukos $2,124,678,735 8 $265,584,842
55 Florian Ballhaus $2,072,997,536 13 $159,461,349
56 Paul Cameron $2,067,410,557 10 $206,741,056
57 Ben Seresin $2,059,843,932 7 $294,263,419
58 Steve Yedlin $2,056,130,511 9 $228,458,946
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 $1,982,668,479 8 $247,833,560
63 Robert Yeoman $1,962,570,630 16 $122,660,664
64 Michael Ballhaus $1,864,873,593 12 $155,406,133
65 Stephen Goldblatt $1,851,043,845 12 $154,253,654
66 Karl Walter Lindenlaub $1,845,770,641 12 $153,814,220
67 Greig Fraser $1,825,699,197 8 $228,212,400
68 Adam Greenberg $1,819,964,678 11 $165,451,334
69 Barry Peterson $1,803,717,581 14 $128,836,970
70 Andrew Dunn $1,762,942,580 15 $117,529,505
71 Michael Barrett $1,733,330,980 15 $115,555,399
72 Peter Andrews $1,721,504,228 12 $143,458,686
73 Ueli Steiger $1,686,747,887 8 $210,843,486
74 Jo Willems $1,680,768,335 5 $336,153,667
75 Rodrigo Prieto $1,664,019,402 12 $138,668,284
76 Bruno Delbonnel $1,662,798,920 7 $237,542,703
77 Stuart Dryburgh $1,644,556,579 14 $117,468,327
78 Tak Fujimoto $1,626,839,618 8 $203,354,952
79 Peter Deming $1,623,629,639 14 $115,973,546
80 Shelly Johnson $1,604,613,931 11 $145,873,994
81 Allen Daviau $1,589,917,314 7 $227,131,045
82 Caleb Deschanel $1,575,552,139 11 $143,232,013
83 Douglas Slocombe $1,538,077,305 6 $256,346,218
84 Gyula Pados $1,528,321,798 6 $254,720,300
85 Jack N. Green $1,505,435,053 12 $125,452,921
86 Theo Van de Sande $1,489,170,891 13 $114,551,607
87 Peter Menzies $1,480,903,085 6 $246,817,181
88 Matt Aspbury $1,474,240,650 2 $737,120,325
89 Slawomir Idziak $1,370,692,734 6 $228,448,789
90 Rob Dressel $1,291,665,036 2 $645,832,518
91 Scott Beattie $1,274,234,980 1 $1,274,234,980
92 Matthew F. Leonetti $1,267,321,485 11 $115,211,044
93 Danny Cohen $1,262,755,065 8 $157,844,383
94 Henry Braham $1,227,157,184 3 $409,052,395
95 Jonathan Sela $1,215,571,281 7 $173,653,040
96 Charles Minsky $1,208,344,573 8 $151,043,072
97 Thierry Arbogast $1,182,538,633 10 $118,253,863
98 Robert Anderson $1,181,156,227 2 $590,578,114
99 Peter Lyons Collister $1,136,990,493 6 $189,498,416
100 Russell Boyd $1,130,078,752 5 $226,015,750

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

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.

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