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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), Ready Player One ($578,886,849 in 2018), 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), 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 22 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 $10,538,589,595 35 $301,102,560
2 Peter Jackson $6,563,450,365 11 $596,677,306
3 Michael Bay $6,444,724,928 14 $460,337,495
4 James Cameron $6,224,955,657 13 $478,842,743
5 David Yates $5,332,763,548 8 $666,595,444
6 Christopher Nolan $4,703,881,541 11 $427,625,595
7 Robert Zemeckis $4,315,191,237 19 $227,115,328
8 Ron Howard $4,253,367,522 26 $163,591,059
9 Ridley Scott $4,127,445,021 26 $158,747,885
10 Chris Columbus $4,092,733,049 16 $255,795,816
11 Tim Burton $4,059,582,670 19 $213,662,246
12 Joe Russo $4,028,574,843 5 $805,714,969
13 Anthony Russo $4,028,574,843 5 $805,714,969
14 Roland Emmerich $3,864,552,497 16 $241,534,531
15 Pierre Coffin $3,720,487,390 4 $930,121,848
16 Gore Verbinski $3,665,635,244 12 $305,469,604
17 J.J. Abrams $3,567,198,348 6 $594,533,058
18 George Lucas $3,459,342,176 6 $576,557,029
19 Francis Lawrence $3,351,940,100 9 $372,437,789
20 Sam Raimi $3,308,747,652 15 $220,583,177
21 Zack Snyder $3,163,271,431 10 $316,327,143
22 Clint Eastwood $3,097,540,840 36 $86,042,801
23 Carlos Saldanha $3,042,687,904 8 $380,335,988
24 Bill Condon $3,011,026,910 12 $250,918,909
25 Joss Whedon $2,972,346,559 5 $594,469,312
26 Bryan Singer $2,813,370,558 10 $281,337,056
27 Andrew Stanton $2,774,332,871 4 $693,583,218
28 M. Night Shyamalan $2,771,038,447 12 $230,919,871
29 Chris Renaud $2,756,468,409 5 $551,293,682
30 Tom McGrath $2,737,066,765 5 $547,413,353
31 Sam Mendes $2,716,420,841 9 $301,824,538
32 Jon Favreau $2,677,295,379 9 $297,477,264
33 Brad Bird $2,659,681,741 6 $443,280,290
34 Andrew Adamson $2,595,639,083 6 $432,606,514
35 James Wan $2,513,665,371 8 $314,208,171
36 John Lasseter $2,466,118,406 7 $352,302,629
37 Eric Darnell $2,423,270,385 5 $484,654,077
38 Barry Sonnenfeld $2,411,222,913 13 $185,478,686
39 Shawn Levy $2,392,507,088 11 $217,500,644
40 Justin Lin $2,297,810,293 11 $208,891,845
41 Steven Soderbergh $2,252,637,455 31 $72,665,724
42 Conrad Vernon $2,206,971,177 5 $441,394,235
43 Kyle Balda $2,201,775,522 3 $733,925,174
44 Brett Ratner $2,153,851,289 13 $165,680,868
45 Pete Docter $2,148,941,756 3 $716,313,919
46 Martin Scorsese $2,144,661,607 28 $76,595,057
47 David Fincher $2,109,733,470 11 $191,793,952
48 Tony Scott $2,108,023,290 16 $131,751,456
49 Todd Phillips $2,103,514,396 9 $233,723,822
50 Andy Wachowski $2,042,456,024 7 $291,779,432
51 Martin Campbell $2,027,120,389 12 $168,926,699
52 Rob Minkoff $2,008,033,060 7 $286,861,866
53 F. Gary Gray $1,998,905,027 11 $181,718,639
54 Byron Howard $1,934,380,683 3 $644,793,561
55 Richard Donner $1,874,662,556 17 $110,274,268
56 Lee Unkrich $1,869,786,203 2 $934,893,102
57 Raja Gosnell $1,851,328,454 9 $205,703,162
58 Ivan Reitman $1,817,837,549 15 $121,189,170
59 Dennis Dugan $1,799,313,013 14 $128,522,358
60 James Mangold $1,796,116,152 13 $138,162,781
61 Rob Marshall $1,770,956,503 6 $295,159,417
62 Garry Marshall $1,752,874,270 18 $97,381,904
63 Mike Newell $1,747,960,272 16 $109,247,517
64 Jon Turteltaub $1,741,520,953 12 $145,126,746
65 Jay Roach $1,735,042,266 13 $133,464,790
66 John Musker $1,728,516,908 5 $345,703,382
67 Ron Clements $1,728,516,908 5 $345,703,382
68 Wolfgang Petersen $1,695,150,921 11 $154,104,629
69 Colin Trevorrow $1,680,515,431 4 $420,128,858
70 James Gunn $1,678,630,072 6 $279,771,679
71 Alfonso Cuarón $1,666,722,213 8 $208,340,277
72 Joel Schumacher $1,666,116,908 24 $69,421,538
73 Kenneth Branagh $1,651,599,318 17 $97,152,901
74 Quentin Tarantino $1,587,289,429 11 $144,299,039
75 Gareth Edwards $1,585,704,287 3 $528,568,096
76 Tom Shadyac $1,574,578,772 7 $224,939,825
77 Joe Johnston $1,564,371,593 10 $156,437,159
78 Paul Greengrass $1,543,597,537 8 $192,949,692
79 Ryan Coogler $1,537,874,387 3 $512,624,796
80 Stephen Sommers $1,533,695,022 9 $170,410,558
81 Mike Mitchell $1,533,222,601 5 $306,644,520
82 Rich Moore $1,516,399,935 3 $505,466,645
83 Ang Lee $1,509,974,420 14 $107,855,316
84 Marc Webb $1,505,212,836 4 $376,303,209
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 $1,488,558,445 2 $744,279,223
88 Doug Liman $1,488,443,536 12 $124,036,961
89 Kelly Asbury $1,434,662,467 4 $358,665,617
90 Steve Martino $1,429,717,061 4 $357,429,265
91 Guy Ritchie $1,427,782,219 11 $129,798,384
92 Bobby Farrelly $1,421,368,620 13 $109,336,048
93 Marc Forster $1,417,939,793 11 $128,903,618
94 Matthew Vaughn $1,415,091,667 8 $176,886,458
95 Kirk Wise $1,394,934,389 4 $348,733,597
96 Rob Cohen $1,393,747,226 14 $99,553,373
97 Edward Zwick $1,392,235,082 13 $107,095,006
98 Matt Reeves $1,377,820,089 6 $229,636,682
99 Jake Kasdan $1,367,534,627 5 $273,506,925
100 Barry Levinson $1,363,122,299 24 $56,796,762

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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