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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 ($370,527,704 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 $7,472,479,307 22 $339,658,150
3 John Schwartzman $7,109,949,124 23 $309,128,223
4 Janusz Kaminski $6,220,515,150 22 $282,750,689
5 Jeremy Lasky $5,824,062,761 8 $728,007,845
6 Dean Semler $5,789,711,843 32 $180,928,495
7 Bill Pope $5,451,146,077 18 $302,841,449
8 Dean Cundey $5,172,664,409 25 $206,906,576
9 Don Burgess $5,122,066,581 26 $197,002,561
10 Stephen F. Windon $5,052,839,963 7 $721,834,280
11 David Tattersall $4,974,461,270 21 $236,879,108
12 Russell Carpenter $4,898,430,043 19 $257,812,108
13 Amir Mokri $4,772,643,050 18 $265,146,836
14 Dan Mindel $4,547,552,404 12 $378,962,700
15 Trent Opaloch $4,490,863,056 6 $748,477,176
16 Mauro Fiore $4,331,402,350 19 $227,968,545
17 Seamus McGarvey $4,096,579,778 18 $227,587,765
18 Ben Davis $3,915,609,448 16 $244,725,591
19 Roger Deakins $3,908,566,589 24 $162,856,941
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 $3,697,929,121 19 $194,627,848
24 Robert Richardson $3,400,683,231 23 $147,855,793
25 Javier Aguirresarobe $3,252,507,647 15 $216,833,843
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 Robert Elswit $3,108,747,913 22 $141,306,723
30 Donald M. McAlpine $3,096,838,507 15 $206,455,900
31 John Mathieson $3,084,329,695 17 $181,431,159
32 Newton Thomas Sigel $3,055,565,547 17 $179,739,150
33 Tobias Schliessler $2,884,456,193 11 $262,223,290
34 Tom Stern $2,882,191,799 17 $169,540,694
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 $2,771,783,087 5 $554,356,617
38 Larry Fong $2,760,888,654 8 $345,111,082
39 Renato Falcao $2,663,288,741 6 $443,881,457
40 Dante Spinotti $2,639,292,787 19 $138,910,147
41 Phil Meheux $2,625,204,767 10 $262,520,477
42 Eduardo Serra $2,616,599,806 5 $523,319,961
43 Emmanuel Lubezki $2,348,557,947 16 $146,784,872
44 Hoyte Van Hoytema $2,306,451,369 7 $329,493,053
45 Phedon Papamichael $2,249,873,041 19 $118,414,371
46 James Cameron $2,208,208,395 1 $2,208,208,395
47 Richard A. Harris $2,208,208,395 1 $2,208,208,395
48 Conrad Buff $2,208,208,395 1 $2,208,208,395
49 Patrick Lin $2,203,910,789 3 $734,636,930
50 Simon Duggan $2,197,084,594 8 $274,635,574
51 Julio Macat $2,188,755,465 16 $136,797,217
52 Mitchell Amundsen $2,171,669,286 12 $180,972,441
53 Michael Seresin $2,162,995,268 7 $308,999,324
54 Florian Ballhaus $2,155,754,301 15 $143,716,953
55 Haris Zambarloukos $2,121,911,712 8 $265,238,964
56 Paul Cameron $2,078,624,882 10 $207,862,488
57 Ben Seresin $2,059,843,932 7 $294,263,419
58 Steve Yedlin $2,050,945,270 9 $227,882,808
59 Bojan Bazelli $2,024,433,138 11 $184,039,376
60 Dion Beebe $1,992,736,440 14 $142,338,317
61 Lawrence Sher $1,991,097,882 11 $181,008,898
62 Claudio Miranda $1,985,378,193 9 $220,597,577
63 Robert Yeoman $1,962,570,630 16 $122,660,664
64 Jonathan Sela $1,946,427,016 7 $278,061,002
65 Barry Peterson $1,921,596,748 14 $137,256,911
66 Michael Ballhaus $1,864,873,593 12 $155,406,133
67 Stephen Goldblatt $1,851,043,845 12 $154,253,654
68 Karl Walter Lindenlaub $1,848,989,797 12 $154,082,483
69 Andrew Dunn $1,841,805,119 15 $122,787,008
70 Greig Fraser $1,839,396,841 9 $204,377,427
71 Jo Willems $1,826,720,196 5 $365,344,039
72 Adam Greenberg $1,819,964,678 11 $165,451,334
73 Michael Barrett $1,819,644,638 17 $107,037,920
74 Peter Andrews $1,737,686,491 12 $144,807,208
75 Ueli Steiger $1,686,747,887 9 $187,416,432
76 Bruno Delbonnel $1,679,617,919 7 $239,945,417
77 Rodrigo Prieto $1,676,335,499 12 $139,694,625
78 Stuart Dryburgh $1,649,218,971 14 $117,801,355
79 Tak Fujimoto $1,626,839,618 8 $203,354,952
80 Peter Deming $1,623,576,659 15 $108,238,444
81 Shelly Johnson $1,620,576,143 11 $147,325,104
82 Allen Daviau $1,589,917,314 7 $227,131,045
83 Gyula Pados $1,587,221,122 6 $264,536,854
84 Oscar Faura $1,581,784,224 5 $316,356,845
85 Caleb Deschanel $1,576,117,583 11 $143,283,417
86 Matt Aspbury $1,543,690,770 2 $771,845,385
87 Douglas Slocombe $1,538,077,305 6 $256,346,218
88 Jack N. Green $1,505,435,053 12 $125,452,921
89 Theo Van de Sande $1,489,240,015 13 $114,556,924
90 Peter Menzies $1,480,903,085 6 $246,817,181
91 Rachel Morrison $1,385,194,234 11 $125,926,749
92 Slawomir Idziak $1,370,692,734 6 $228,448,789
93 Rob Dressel $1,291,497,381 2 $645,748,691
94 Scott Beattie $1,274,234,980 1 $1,274,234,980
95 Danny Cohen $1,269,510,746 9 $141,056,750
96 Matthew F. Leonetti $1,267,321,485 11 $115,211,044
97 Henry Braham $1,226,847,902 3 $408,949,301
98 Charles Minsky $1,216,931,727 8 $152,116,466
99 Mahyar Abousaeedi $1,193,041,424 2 $596,520,712
100 Thierry Arbogast $1,182,565,344 10 $118,256,534

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

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.

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