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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 98 films.
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 ($987,451,390 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 75 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens ($2,058,662,225 in 2015), 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), Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope ($786,598,007 in 1977), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($786,558,145 in 2008)

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James Newton Howard
Best known as a Composer based on credits in that role in 114 films.
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 $27,718,461,269 98 $282,841,442
2 John Williams $22,390,613,094 75 $298,541,508
3 James Newton Howard $17,222,709,642 114 $151,076,400
4 Danny Elfman $15,426,881,945 90 $171,409,799
5 Michael Giacchino $13,990,276,261 36 $388,618,785
6 James Horner $13,906,775,488 102 $136,340,936
7 Alan Silvestri $13,604,505,614 90 $151,161,173
8 John Powell $13,004,156,002 50 $260,083,120
9 Brian Tyler $11,013,935,383 48 $229,456,987
10 Howard Shore $10,674,006,892 61 $174,983,720
11 John Debney $9,619,459,994 88 $109,312,045
12 Harry Gregson-Williams $9,158,898,159 46 $199,106,482
13 Thomas Newman $9,065,183,124 77 $117,729,651
14 Christophe Beck $8,853,306,095 67 $132,138,897
15 Henry Jackman $7,847,510,779 27 $290,648,547
16 Alexandre Desplat $7,824,829,885 45 $173,885,109
17 Marco Beltrami $6,526,343,904 58 $112,523,171
18 Jerry Goldsmith $6,477,837,727 104 $62,286,901
19 Steve Jablonsky $6,443,891,577 24 $268,495,482
20 Randy Newman $5,935,242,270 24 $247,301,761
21 Heitor Pereira $5,797,547,176 24 $241,564,466
22 Carter Burwell $5,735,409,376 83 $69,101,318
23 Mark Mothersbaugh $5,615,594,306 65 $86,393,759
24 David Newman $5,188,797,440 74 $70,118,884
25 Patrick Doyle $5,041,062,135 45 $112,023,603
26 David Arnold $4,926,450,410 23 $214,193,496
27 Trevor Rabin $4,647,386,153 38 $122,299,636
28 Rupert Gregson-Williams $4,436,315,203 25 $177,452,608
29 John Ottman $4,382,948,180 31 $141,385,425
30 Theodore Shapiro $4,263,121,623 51 $83,590,620
31 Michael Kamen $3,845,918,888 52 $73,959,979
32 Mark Mancina $3,790,564,724 27 $140,391,286
33 Tyler Bates $3,648,324,292 38 $96,008,534
34 Christopher Young $3,634,959,594 67 $54,253,128
35 Alan Menken $3,548,047,052 9 $394,227,450
36 Mark Isham $3,464,883,167 91 $38,075,639
37 Aaron Zigman $3,107,319,950 48 $64,735,832
38 Graeme Revell $3,065,624,677 72 $42,578,121
39 Ramin Djawadi $2,945,945,849 17 $173,290,932
40 Christopher Lennertz $2,844,272,913 27 $105,343,441
41 Craig Armstrong $2,658,177,651 26 $102,237,602
42 Mychael Danna $2,365,371,423 40 $59,134,286
43 Rolfe Kent $2,271,401,893 39 $58,241,074
44 Lorne Balfe $2,270,761,950 22 $103,216,452
45 Harald Kloser $2,206,878,340 5 $441,375,668
46 Teddy Castellucci $2,037,382,255 19 $107,230,645
47 Steven Price $1,985,891,884 7 $283,698,841
48 Klaus Badelt $1,949,220,526 29 $67,214,501
49 George S. Clinton $1,938,662,215 45 $43,081,383
50 Nicholas Hooper $1,930,825,541 5 $386,165,108
51 George Fenton $1,759,139,121 55 $31,984,348
52 Benjamin Wallfisch $1,748,904,283 13 $134,531,099
53 Michael Andrews $1,683,641,022 23 $73,201,784
54 Dario Marianelli $1,683,426,577 26 $64,747,176
55 Junkie XL $1,663,429,388 5 $332,685,878
56 Lalo Schifrin $1,659,381,049 39 $42,548,232
57 Don Davis $1,596,867,730 4 $399,216,933
58 Basil Poledouris $1,439,362,253 44 $32,712,778
59 Elliot Goldenthal $1,381,419,697 8 $172,677,462
60 Marc Shaiman $1,367,664,598 14 $97,690,328
61 David Holmes $1,325,655,051 16 $82,853,441
62 Andrew Lockington $1,277,404,111 13 $98,261,855
63 Geoff Zanelli $1,264,483,265 13 $97,267,943
64 Thomas Wander $1,262,914,604 3 $420,971,535
65 Randy Edelman $1,240,739,511 10 $124,073,951
66 Harold Faltermeyer $1,229,237,681 12 $102,436,473
67 Matthew Margeson $1,217,869,199 8 $152,233,650
68 Joseph Bishara $1,208,981,638 8 $151,122,705
69 Rachel Portman $1,158,986,757 22 $52,681,216
70 Atticus Ross $1,148,746,806 11 $104,431,528
71 Tom Holkenborg $1,139,660,783 4 $284,915,196
72 Ennio Morricone $1,100,598,252 26 $42,330,702
73 Eric Serra $1,080,664,562 5 $216,132,912
74 Lyle Workman $1,078,756,571 10 $107,875,657
75 Jon Brion $1,058,011,963 13 $81,385,536
76 Charlie Clouser $1,028,843,915 10 $102,884,392
77 Joseph Trapanese $1,028,506,545 8 $128,563,318
78 Edward Shearmur $1,021,336,329 13 $78,564,333
79 Nathaniel Mechaly $1,016,196,309 6 $169,366,052
80 Clint Mansell $1,000,447,272 24 $41,685,303
81 Brad Fiedel $986,487,059 5 $197,297,412
82 Robert Rodriguez $952,407,597 9 $105,823,066
83 Joe Kraemer $918,239,099 4 $229,559,775
84 Alberto Iglesias $909,021,788 17 $53,471,870
85 Maurice Jarre $889,495,716 4 $222,373,929
86 Trent Reznor $885,324,655 4 $221,331,164
87 Lucas Vidal $870,414,412 8 $108,801,802
88 Elmer Bernstein $869,569,541 9 $96,618,838
89 Ilan Eshkeri $854,892,092 17 $50,287,770
90 Gabriel Yared $843,616,509 12 $70,301,376
91 John Paesano $838,556,328 10 $83,855,633
92 Clint Eastwood $807,285,273 8 $100,910,659
93 David Buckley $802,748,311 9 $89,194,257
94 Pharrell Williams $793,266,437 3 $264,422,146
95 Ludwig Goransson $788,470,207 11 $71,679,110
96 Marc Streitenfeld $779,660,449 8 $97,457,556
97 Walter Murphy $773,039,215 2 $386,519,608
98 Atli Orvarsson $765,873,119 10 $76,587,312
99 Philip Glass $731,875,137 26 $28,149,044
100 John Barry $722,384,373 4 $180,596,093

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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