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Top Grossing Composer at the Worldwide Box OfficeBETA


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This list shows the highest grossing Composers 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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Hans Zimmer
Best known as a Composer based on credits in that role in 99 films, with $27,736,962,555 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #1)
Top films contributed to this record: The Dark Knight Rises ($1,084,439,099 in 2012), 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), The Dark Knight ($1,001,620,618 in 2008), The Lion King ($987,413,217 in 1994), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($963,420,425 in 2007), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($868,160,194 in 2016), Inception ($832,402,082 in 2010), The Da Vinci Code ($767,820,459 in 2006), Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted ($746,921,271 in 2012)

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John Williams
Best known as a Composer based on credits in that role in 76 films, with $24,620,380,842 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #2)
Top films contributed to this record: Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens ($2,058,662,225 in 2015), Star Wars Ep. VIII: The Last Jedi ($1,318,092,040 in 2017), Jurassic Park ($1,038,812,584 in 1993), Star Wars Ep. I: The Phantom Menace ($1,027,044,677 in 1999), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ($974,755,371 in 2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ($878,979,634 in 2002), Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith ($848,998,877 in 2005), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ($796,688,549 in 2004), ET: The Extra-Terrestrial ($792,965,326 in 1982), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($786,635,413 in 2008)

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James Newton Howard
Best known as a Composer based on credits in that role in 116 films, with $17,370,682,258 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #3)
Top films contributed to this record: The Dark Knight ($1,001,620,618 in 2008), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ($803,798,342 in 2016), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 ($766,652,288 in 2014), Maleficent ($758,536,735 in 2014), The Hunger Games ($677,923,379 in 2012), The Sixth Sense ($672,806,292 in 1999), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 ($650,523,427 in 2015), I am Legend ($585,532,684 in 2007), King Kong ($550,517,357 in 2005), Pretty Woman ($432,645,872 in 1990)

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Complete List

Rank Name Worldwide
Box Office
Movies Average
1 Hans Zimmer $27,736,962,555 99 $280,171,339
2 John Williams $24,620,380,842 76 $323,952,380
3 James Newton Howard $17,370,682,258 116 $149,747,261
4 Danny Elfman $15,869,164,774 94 $168,820,902
5 Alan Silvestri $15,437,633,549 90 $171,529,262
6 Michael Giacchino $15,023,995,249 36 $417,333,201
7 James Horner $13,819,308,685 101 $136,824,838
8 John Powell $13,631,781,667 51 $267,289,837
9 Brian Tyler $11,019,679,184 49 $224,891,412
10 Howard Shore $10,681,024,391 63 $169,540,070
11 John Debney $10,071,063,061 89 $113,158,012
12 Harry Gregson-Williams $9,204,070,451 49 $187,838,172
13 Thomas Newman $9,067,527,393 77 $117,760,096
14 Christophe Beck $8,862,633,050 69 $128,443,957
15 Henry Jackman $8,825,552,240 28 $315,198,294
16 Alexandre Desplat $8,037,498,465 47 $171,010,606
17 Marco Beltrami $6,931,938,940 59 $117,490,491
18 Jerry Goldsmith $6,477,868,783 104 $62,287,200
19 Steve Jablonsky $6,443,891,577 25 $257,755,663
20 Randy Newman $5,940,537,215 24 $247,522,384
21 Carter Burwell $5,880,317,666 83 $70,847,201
22 Heitor Pereira $5,825,661,604 25 $233,026,464
23 Mark Mothersbaugh $5,602,368,077 67 $83,617,434
24 David Newman $5,190,361,799 75 $69,204,824
25 Patrick Doyle $5,110,468,692 46 $111,097,145
26 David Arnold $4,926,450,410 23 $214,193,496
27 Trevor Rabin $4,647,386,154 38 $122,299,636
28 Rupert Gregson-Williams $4,438,483,410 28 $158,517,265
29 John Ottman $4,382,978,247 31 $141,386,395
30 Tyler Bates $4,346,453,298 38 $114,380,350
31 Theodore Shapiro $4,262,913,991 52 $81,979,115
32 Michael Kamen $3,845,918,888 52 $73,959,979
33 Mark Mancina $3,790,496,138 27 $140,388,746
34 Alan Menken $3,704,405,534 9 $411,600,615
35 Christopher Young $3,634,959,594 67 $54,253,128
36 Mark Isham $3,478,989,242 92 $37,815,100
37 Aaron Zigman $3,112,504,183 48 $64,843,837
38 Christopher Lennertz $3,089,628,213 28 $110,343,865
39 Ramin Djawadi $3,082,534,579 19 $162,238,662
40 Graeme Revell $3,012,445,607 71 $42,428,811
41 Craig Armstrong $2,659,004,138 26 $102,269,390
42 Lorne Balfe $2,368,852,047 23 $102,993,567
43 Mychael Danna $2,367,472,418 40 $59,186,810
44 Rolfe Kent $2,317,018,885 39 $59,410,741
45 Harald Kloser $2,206,878,340 5 $441,375,668
46 Ludwig Goransson $2,199,448,435 11 $199,949,858
47 Teddy Castellucci $2,037,382,255 19 $107,230,645
48 Steven Price $1,996,280,396 7 $285,182,914
49 Klaus Badelt $1,949,290,988 30 $64,976,366
50 George S. Clinton $1,938,697,886 45 $43,082,175
51 Nicholas Hooper $1,930,825,541 5 $386,165,108
52 Dario Marianelli $1,879,127,368 25 $75,165,095
53 Michael Andrews $1,798,226,538 24 $74,926,106
54 George Fenton $1,759,412,372 57 $30,866,884
55 Benjamin Wallfisch $1,753,124,334 14 $125,223,167
56 Junkie XL $1,700,452,272 5 $340,090,454
57 Andrew Lockington $1,695,107,854 13 $130,392,912
58 Lalo Schifrin $1,659,381,049 39 $42,548,232
59 Don Davis $1,596,867,730 4 $399,216,933
60 Basil Poledouris $1,439,362,253 44 $32,712,778
61 Joseph Trapanese $1,419,904,455 8 $177,488,057
62 Tom Holkenborg $1,413,705,715 6 $235,617,619
63 John Paesano $1,412,346,650 10 $141,234,665
64 Elliot Goldenthal $1,381,419,697 8 $172,677,462
65 Joseph Bishara $1,378,958,698 9 $153,217,633
66 Marc Shaiman $1,367,711,485 14 $97,693,678
67 David Holmes $1,330,032,537 16 $83,127,034
68 Geoff Zanelli $1,269,960,997 14 $90,711,500
69 Thomas Wander $1,262,914,604 3 $420,971,535
70 Randy Edelman $1,241,322,196 10 $124,132,220
71 Matthew Margeson $1,233,845,337 8 $154,230,667
72 Harold Faltermeyer $1,229,237,681 12 $102,436,473
73 Rachel Portman $1,165,385,434 22 $52,972,065
74 Lyle Workman $1,162,057,998 11 $105,641,636
75 Atticus Ross $1,148,863,391 11 $104,442,126
76 Jon Brion $1,110,734,208 13 $85,441,093
77 Ennio Morricone $1,100,613,499 26 $42,331,288
78 Eric Serra $1,081,205,430 5 $216,241,086
79 Charlie Clouser $1,030,719,551 10 $103,071,955
80 Edward Shearmur $1,021,921,709 13 $78,609,362
81 Nathaniel Mechaly $1,016,292,052 7 $145,184,579
82 Clint Mansell $1,000,451,318 24 $41,685,472
83 Brad Fiedel $986,487,059 5 $197,297,412
84 Robert Rodriguez $952,407,597 9 $105,823,066
85 Joe Kraemer $918,239,099 4 $229,559,775
86 Maurice Jarre $889,495,716 4 $222,373,929
87 Trent Reznor $885,324,655 4 $221,331,164
88 Lucas Vidal $870,414,412 8 $108,801,802
89 Elmer Bernstein $869,594,017 10 $86,959,402
90 Ilan Eshkeri $855,034,187 18 $47,501,899
91 Gabriel Yared $843,615,366 12 $70,301,281
92 Alberto Iglesias $823,153,111 16 $51,447,069
93 Clint Eastwood $807,285,273 8 $100,910,659
94 David Buckley $802,774,300 10 $80,277,430
95 Pharrell Williams $793,486,720 3 $264,495,573
96 John Morris $787,240,333 29 $27,146,218
97 Marc Streitenfeld $779,718,700 8 $97,464,838
98 Walter Murphy $773,230,770 2 $386,615,385
99 Atli Orvarsson $766,532,521 11 $69,684,775
100 Philip Glass $732,426,169 26 $28,170,237

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

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.

Image attributions

Hans Zimmer: Richard Yaussi [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

John Williams: TashTish at en.wikipedia [GFDL or CC-BY-3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

James Newton Howard: By JNH et HZ.jpg: Yann de la marnederivative work: Butko [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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