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Top Grossing Director at the Worldwide Box OfficeBETA


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This list shows the highest grossing Directors 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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Steven Spielberg
Best known as an Executive Producer based on credits in that role in 47 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Jurassic Park ($1,038,812,584 in 1993), ET: The Extra-Terrestrial ($792,965,326 in 1982), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($786,635,413 in 2008), The Lost World: Jurassic Park ($618,638,999 in 1997), War of the Worlds ($606,836,535 in 2005), Saving Private Ryan ($485,035,085 in 1998), Ready Player One ($477,879,863 in 2018), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ($474,171,806 in 1989), Jaws ($470,700,000 in 1975), The Adventures of Tintin ($373,993,951 in 2011)

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Peter Jackson
Best known as a Producer based on credits in that role in 12 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), King Kong ($550,517,357 in 2005), The Lovely Bones ($94,894,448 in 2009), The Frighteners ($16,553,635 in 1996), Heavenly Creatures ($5,438,120 in 1994)

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Michael Bay
Best known as a Producer based on credits in that role in 19 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($1,123,790,543 in 2011), Transformers: Age of Extinction ($1,104,039,076 in 2014), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($836,519,699 in 2009), Transformers ($708,272,592 in 2007), Transformers: The Last Knight ($603,968,683 in 2017), Armageddon ($554,600,000 in 1998), Pearl Harbor ($449,239,855 in 2001), The Rock ($336,069,511 in 1996), Bad Boys II ($273,271,982 in 2003), The Island ($163,018,913 in 2005)

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Complete List

Rank Name Worldwide
Box Office
Movies Average
1 Steven Spielberg $10,434,432,575 34 $306,895,076
2 Peter Jackson $6,563,450,365 11 $596,677,306
3 Michael Bay $6,444,724,928 13 $495,748,071
4 James Cameron $6,229,972,167 13 $479,228,628
5 David Yates $5,332,763,548 8 $666,595,444
6 Christopher Nolan $4,703,918,446 11 $427,628,950
7 Robert Zemeckis $4,315,204,840 19 $227,116,044
8 Ridley Scott $4,123,763,011 26 $158,606,270
9 Chris Columbus $4,092,733,049 16 $255,795,816
10 Tim Burton $4,059,582,670 19 $213,662,246
11 Ron Howard $3,898,188,381 26 $149,930,322
12 Roland Emmerich $3,864,552,497 15 $257,636,833
13 Pierre Coffin $3,720,499,880 4 $930,124,970
14 Gore Verbinski $3,665,635,244 12 $305,469,604
15 J.J. Abrams $3,567,198,348 6 $594,533,058
16 George Lucas $3,459,342,176 6 $576,557,029
17 Francis Lawrence $3,348,739,719 8 $418,592,465
18 Sam Raimi $3,308,747,652 15 $220,583,177
19 Zack Snyder $3,163,271,431 10 $316,327,143
20 Clint Eastwood $3,097,594,826 35 $88,502,709
21 Carlos Saldanha $3,043,694,714 8 $380,461,839
22 Joss Whedon $2,972,346,559 5 $594,469,312
23 Bryan Singer $2,813,370,558 10 $281,337,056
24 Andrew Stanton $2,774,332,871 4 $693,583,218
25 M. Night Shyamalan $2,771,038,447 12 $230,919,871
26 Chris Renaud $2,756,513,827 5 $551,302,765
27 Tom McGrath $2,737,066,765 5 $547,413,353
28 Sam Mendes $2,716,420,841 7 $388,060,120
29 Jon Favreau $2,677,354,702 10 $267,735,470
30 Andrew Adamson $2,595,639,083 6 $432,606,514
31 James Wan $2,513,665,371 8 $314,208,171
32 John Lasseter $2,466,118,406 7 $352,302,629
33 Eric Darnell $2,423,270,385 5 $484,654,077
34 Barry Sonnenfeld $2,408,712,793 13 $185,285,599
35 Shawn Levy $2,392,507,088 11 $217,500,644
36 Justin Lin $2,297,810,293 9 $255,312,255
37 Steven Soderbergh $2,248,885,449 30 $74,962,848
38 Conrad Vernon $2,206,971,177 4 $551,742,794
39 Kyle Balda $2,201,788,012 2 $1,100,894,006
40 Brad Bird $2,174,607,051 6 $362,434,509
41 Brett Ratner $2,153,851,289 13 $165,680,868
42 Martin Scorsese $2,144,458,683 28 $76,587,810
43 David Fincher $2,109,733,470 11 $191,793,952
44 Tony Scott $2,108,023,290 16 $131,751,456
45 Todd Phillips $2,103,514,396 9 $233,723,822
46 Andy Wachowski $2,042,456,024 7 $291,779,432
47 Martin Campbell $2,027,120,389 12 $168,926,699
48 Rob Minkoff $2,008,033,060 7 $286,861,866
49 F. Gary Gray $1,998,905,027 10 $199,890,503
50 Anthony Russo $1,998,108,394 5 $399,621,679
51 Joe Russo $1,998,108,394 5 $399,621,679
52 Byron Howard $1,934,413,243 3 $644,804,414
53 Richard Donner $1,874,662,556 17 $110,274,268
54 Lee Unkrich $1,864,256,077 2 $932,128,039
55 Raja Gosnell $1,825,388,677 9 $202,820,964
56 Ivan Reitman $1,817,837,549 15 $121,189,170
57 Dennis Dugan $1,799,313,013 14 $128,522,358
58 James Mangold $1,796,216,255 11 $163,292,387
59 Rob Marshall $1,770,956,503 6 $295,159,417
60 Garry Marshall $1,752,874,270 18 $97,381,904
61 Jon Turteltaub $1,741,520,953 12 $145,126,746
62 Jay Roach $1,735,042,266 12 $144,586,856
63 Mike Newell $1,733,262,534 16 $108,328,908
64 Ron Clements $1,728,684,563 5 $345,736,913
65 John Musker $1,728,684,563 5 $345,736,913
66 Wolfgang Petersen $1,695,068,095 10 $169,506,810
67 Colin Trevorrow $1,680,515,431 3 $560,171,810
68 James Gunn $1,678,938,102 6 $279,823,017
69 Alfonso CuarĂ³n $1,666,722,213 8 $208,340,277
70 Joel Schumacher $1,666,225,387 24 $69,426,058
71 Kenneth Branagh $1,654,887,981 17 $97,346,352
72 Quentin Tarantino $1,587,289,429 10 $158,728,943
73 Gareth Edwards $1,585,704,287 3 $528,568,096
74 Pete Docter $1,585,170,958 2 $792,585,479
75 Tom Shadyac $1,574,578,772 7 $224,939,825
76 Chris Miller $1,565,130,842 4 $391,282,711
77 Joe Johnston $1,564,371,593 10 $156,437,159
78 Paul Greengrass $1,543,597,537 8 $192,949,692
79 Stephen Sommers $1,533,695,022 9 $170,410,558
80 Mike Mitchell $1,533,222,601 5 $306,644,520
81 Rich Moore $1,516,432,495 3 $505,477,498
82 Ang Lee $1,510,658,952 14 $107,904,211
83 Ryan Coogler $1,506,335,240 3 $502,111,747
84 Marc Webb $1,505,127,434 4 $376,281,859
85 Peter Berg $1,505,036,946 11 $136,821,541
86 Chris Weitz $1,494,517,258 8 $186,814,657
87 Rian Johnson $1,492,677,412 2 $746,338,706
88 Doug Liman $1,488,468,802 11 $135,315,346
89 Kelly Asbury $1,434,536,464 4 $358,634,116
90 Steve Martino $1,429,717,061 3 $476,572,354
91 Guy Ritchie $1,427,782,219 10 $142,778,222
92 Bobby Farrelly $1,421,368,620 13 $109,336,048
93 Marc Forster $1,417,881,542 11 $128,898,322
94 Matthew Vaughn $1,415,104,177 8 $176,888,022
95 Edward Zwick $1,392,235,082 12 $116,019,590
96 Rob Cohen $1,390,861,613 14 $99,347,258
97 Matt Reeves $1,377,883,342 6 $229,647,224
98 Barry Levinson $1,363,122,299 24 $56,796,762
99 Jake Kasdan $1,359,630,231 5 $271,926,046
100 Nancy Meyers $1,351,805,585 6 $225,300,931

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

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.

Image attributions

Steven Spielberg: By Romain DUBOIS (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Michael Bay: By Romina Espinosa at rominaespinosa.com [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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