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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 46 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), 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), Raiders of the Lost Ark ($367,452,079 in 1981)

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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 $9,916,241,624 33 $300,492,170
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 $6,230,047,103 13 $479,234,393
5 David Yates $5,332,763,548 8 $666,595,444
6 Christopher Nolan $4,704,703,309 11 $427,700,301
7 Robert Zemeckis $4,315,204,840 19 $227,116,044
8 Ridley Scott $4,114,274,197 26 $158,241,315
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 $3,898,325,703 26 $149,935,604
12 Roland Emmerich $3,864,552,497 15 $257,636,833
13 Pierre Coffin $3,720,514,729 4 $930,128,682
14 Gore Verbinski $3,665,635,244 11 $333,239,568
15 J.J. Abrams $3,567,198,348 6 $594,533,058
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 $3,205,981,074 8 $400,747,634
19 Zack Snyder $3,163,033,190 10 $316,303,319
20 Clint Eastwood $3,079,667,556 35 $87,990,502
21 Carlos Saldanha $3,035,194,705 8 $379,399,338
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 $2,745,641,380 5 $549,128,276
27 Tom McGrath $2,717,366,153 5 $543,473,231
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 $2,238,535,324 29 $77,190,873
38 Conrad Vernon $2,206,971,177 4 $551,742,794
39 Kyle Balda $2,201,802,861 2 $1,100,901,431
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 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 $2,027,128,153 13 $155,932,935
48 Rob Minkoff $2,008,071,233 7 $286,867,319
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 $1,923,367,312 17 $113,139,254
54 Raja Gosnell $1,825,388,677 9 $202,820,964
55 Ivan Reitman $1,817,837,549 15 $121,189,170
56 Lee Unkrich $1,799,697,070 2 $899,848,535
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 $1,744,287,116 18 $96,904,840
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 $1,733,243,757 15 $115,549,584
64 John Musker $1,728,684,563 5 $345,736,913
65 Ron Clements $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 $1,666,320,970 24 $69,430,040
71 Kenneth Branagh $1,655,316,483 17 $97,371,558
72 Quentin Tarantino $1,587,289,429 11 $144,299,039
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 $1,510,796,669 14 $107,914,048
83 Peter Berg $1,505,036,946 11 $136,821,541
84 Marc Webb $1,499,844,771 4 $374,961,193
85 Chris Weitz $1,494,517,258 8 $186,814,657
86 Rian Johnson $1,493,743,686 2 $746,871,843
87 Doug Liman $1,488,468,802 11 $135,315,346
88 Kelly Asbury $1,434,662,865 4 $358,665,716
89 Steve Martino $1,429,717,061 3 $476,572,354
90 Guy Ritchie $1,427,782,219 10 $142,778,222
91 Bobby Farrelly $1,421,368,620 13 $109,336,048
92 Marc Forster $1,417,881,542 10 $141,788,154
93 Matthew Vaughn $1,415,104,177 8 $176,888,022
94 Edward Zwick $1,392,235,082 12 $116,019,590
95 Rob Cohen $1,378,877,567 14 $98,491,255
96 Matt Reeves $1,377,883,342 6 $229,647,224
97 Barry Levinson $1,363,122,299 24 $56,796,762
98 Nancy Meyers $1,351,805,585 6 $225,300,931
99 John Woo $1,317,875,972 10 $131,787,597
100 Jake Kasdan $1,314,345,984 5 $262,869,197

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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