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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 45 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 ($786,558,145 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), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ($474,171,806 in 1989), Jaws ($470,700,000 in 1975), Raiders of the Lost Ark ($389,925,971 in 1981), 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 18 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 $9,804,517,963 33 $297,106,605
2 Peter Jackson $6,563,450,365 12 $546,954,197
3 Michael Bay $6,444,724,928 13 $495,748,071
4 James Cameron $6,230,032,517 13 $479,233,271
5 David Yates $5,332,763,548 8 $666,595,444
6 Christopher Nolan $4,708,924,132 11 $428,084,012
7 Robert Zemeckis $4,323,551,867 19 $227,555,361
8 Chris Columbus $4,092,714,648 16 $255,794,666
9 Ridley Scott $4,068,195,772 26 $156,469,068
10 Tim Burton $4,059,582,670 19 $213,662,246
11 Ron Howard $3,898,337,392 26 $149,936,054
12 Roland Emmerich $3,864,552,497 15 $257,636,833
13 Pierre Coffin $3,718,090,512 4 $929,522,628
14 Gore Verbinski $3,665,415,218 12 $305,451,268
15 J.J. Abrams $3,567,198,348 7 $509,599,764
16 George Lucas $3,459,342,176 6 $576,557,029
17 Sam Raimi $3,308,747,652 15 $220,583,177
18 Francis Lawrence $3,206,033,018 9 $356,225,891
19 Zack Snyder $3,120,333,021 10 $312,033,302
20 Clint Eastwood $3,041,443,869 35 $86,898,396
21 Joss Whedon $2,972,346,559 5 $594,469,312
22 Bryan Singer $2,813,340,491 10 $281,334,049
23 Andrew Stanton $2,774,332,871 4 $693,583,218
24 M. Night Shyamalan $2,770,798,956 12 $230,899,913
25 Carlos Saldanha $2,752,699,233 8 $344,087,404
26 Chris Renaud $2,745,646,928 5 $549,129,386
27 Tom McGrath $2,717,202,223 5 $543,440,445
28 Sam Mendes $2,716,380,981 7 $388,054,426
29 Jon Favreau $2,677,226,693 10 $267,722,669
30 Andrew Adamson $2,595,639,083 6 $432,606,514
31 James Wan $2,511,691,261 8 $313,961,408
32 John Lasseter $2,466,118,406 7 $352,302,629
33 Eric Darnell $2,423,106,455 5 $484,621,291
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 $2,297,616,643 9 $255,290,738
37 Steven Soderbergh $2,238,535,324 29 $77,190,873
38 Conrad Vernon $2,206,971,177 4 $551,742,794
39 Kyle Balda $2,199,378,644 2 $1,099,689,322
40 Brad Bird $2,174,607,051 6 $362,434,509
41 Brett Ratner $2,153,851,289 14 $153,846,521
42 Martin Scorsese $2,144,581,175 28 $76,592,185
43 Tony Scott $2,111,813,978 16 $131,988,374
44 David Fincher $2,109,733,470 11 $191,793,952
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 $2,025,554,178 13 $155,811,860
48 Rob Minkoff $2,008,071,233 7 $286,867,319
49 Anthony Russo $1,998,108,394 5 $399,621,679
50 Joe Russo $1,998,108,394 5 $399,621,679
51 F. Gary Gray $1,997,665,621 10 $199,766,562
52 Byron Howard $1,934,413,243 3 $644,804,414
53 Richard Donner $1,874,662,556 17 $110,274,268
54 Raja Gosnell $1,825,388,677 9 $202,820,964
55 Ivan Reitman $1,817,837,549 15 $121,189,170
56 Dennis Dugan $1,799,313,013 14 $128,522,358
57 James Mangold $1,796,216,255 11 $163,292,387
58 Rob Marshall $1,770,956,503 6 $295,159,417
59 Garry Marshall $1,744,287,116 18 $96,904,840
60 Jon Turteltaub $1,741,520,953 12 $145,126,746
61 Jay Roach $1,735,042,266 12 $144,586,856
62 Mike Newell $1,733,243,757 15 $115,549,584
63 Ron Clements $1,728,684,563 5 $345,736,913
64 John Musker $1,728,684,563 5 $345,736,913
65 Wolfgang Petersen $1,695,068,095 10 $169,506,810
66 Colin Trevorrow $1,680,442,816 3 $560,147,605
67 James Gunn $1,679,353,459 6 $279,892,243
68 Alfonso CuarĂ³n $1,666,722,213 8 $208,340,277
69 Joel Schumacher $1,666,320,970 24 $69,430,040
70 Quentin Tarantino $1,587,289,429 11 $144,299,039
71 Gareth Edwards $1,585,704,287 3 $528,568,096
72 Pete Docter $1,585,170,958 2 $792,585,479
73 Kenneth Branagh $1,579,981,910 15 $105,332,127
74 Tom Shadyac $1,574,578,772 7 $224,939,825
75 Chris Miller $1,565,130,842 4 $391,282,711
76 Joe Johnston $1,564,371,593 9 $173,819,066
77 Paul Greengrass $1,543,597,537 8 $192,949,692
78 Stephen Sommers $1,533,695,022 9 $170,410,558
79 Mike Mitchell $1,533,222,601 5 $306,644,520
80 Rich Moore $1,516,432,495 3 $505,477,498
81 Ang Lee $1,510,796,669 14 $107,914,048
82 Peter Berg $1,505,036,946 11 $136,821,541
83 Marc Webb $1,499,844,771 4 $374,961,193
84 Chris Weitz $1,494,517,258 7 $213,502,465
85 Doug Liman $1,488,466,699 11 $135,315,154
86 Lee Unkrich $1,459,174,694 2 $729,587,347
87 Kelly Asbury $1,434,520,373 4 $358,630,093
88 Steve Martino $1,429,717,061 3 $476,572,354
89 Guy Ritchie $1,427,792,840 10 $142,779,284
90 Bobby Farrelly $1,421,368,620 13 $109,336,048
91 Marc Forster $1,417,832,501 10 $141,783,250
92 Matthew Vaughn $1,399,386,636 8 $174,923,330
93 Edward Zwick $1,392,235,082 12 $116,019,590
94 Rob Cohen $1,378,294,882 14 $98,449,634
95 Matt Reeves $1,377,883,342 6 $229,647,224
96 Barry Levinson $1,363,122,299 24 $56,796,762
97 Nancy Meyers $1,351,805,585 6 $225,300,931
98 Chris Sanders $1,313,739,416 5 $262,747,883
99 John Woo $1,313,275,972 9 $145,919,552
100 Louis Leterrier $1,312,224,366 7 $187,460,624

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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