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Top Grossing Screenwriter at the Worldwide Box OfficeBETA


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This list shows the highest grossing Screenwriters 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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Steve Kloves
Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 10 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II ($1,341,511,219 in 2011), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ($974,755,371 in 2001), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I ($960,283,305 in 2010), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($935,083,686 in 2009), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ($896,911,078 in 2005), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ($878,979,634 in 2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ($796,688,549 in 2004), The Amazing Spider-Man ($757,890,267 in 2012), Wonder Boys ($33,422,485 in 2000), White Boy Rick ($0 in 2018)

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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), Mortal Engines ($0 in 2018)

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Fran Walsh
Best known as a Producer based on credits in that role in 10 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), Mortal Engines ($0 in 2018)

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Complete List

Rank Name Worldwide
Box Office
Movies Average
1 Steve Kloves $7,575,525,594 10 $757,552,559
2 Peter Jackson $6,541,215,987 9 $726,801,776
3 Fran Walsh $6,541,215,987 9 $726,801,776
4 James Cameron $6,496,275,990 13 $499,713,538
5 Christopher Markus $6,340,243,733 12 $528,353,644
6 Stephen McFeely $6,340,243,733 12 $528,353,644
7 David Koepp $6,110,717,875 21 $290,986,565
8 Philippa Boyens $5,990,698,630 8 $748,837,329
9 Terry Rossio $5,446,557,959 13 $418,965,997
10 Ted Elliott $5,265,519,343 9 $585,057,705
11 Chris Morgan $5,094,326,242 8 $636,790,780
12 Christopher Nolan $4,590,003,594 8 $573,750,449
13 Andrew Stanton $4,573,089,701 9 $508,121,078
14 Ken Daurio $4,330,065,875 8 $541,258,234
15 Cinco Paul $4,330,065,875 8 $541,258,234
16 Akiva Goldsman $4,172,140,263 16 $260,758,766
17 John Logan $4,118,678,968 13 $316,821,459
18 Lawrence Kasdan $4,036,363,006 9 $448,484,778
19 Guillermo del Toro $4,022,638,298 15 $268,175,887
20 Alex Kurtzman $3,997,502,050 10 $399,750,205
21 Roberto Orci $3,997,502,050 10 $399,750,205
22 George Lucas $3,892,042,255 5 $778,408,451
23 Ehren Kruger $3,795,508,014 11 $345,046,183
24 Michael Arndt $3,657,544,401 4 $914,386,100
25 Jonathan Aibel $3,645,995,655 9 $405,110,628
26 Glenn Berger $3,645,995,655 9 $405,110,628
27 Robert Wade $3,541,367,662 8 $442,670,958
28 Linda Woolverton $3,500,213,285 6 $583,368,881
29 Melissa Rosenberg $3,428,459,896 7 $489,779,985
30 Roland Emmerich $3,391,404,500 8 $423,925,563
31 Joss Whedon $3,367,315,583 6 $561,219,264
32 J.J. Abrams $3,268,736,318 5 $653,747,264
33 Simon Kinberg $3,130,454,597 10 $313,045,460
34 M. Night Shyamalan $3,069,547,967 12 $255,795,664
35 Tony Gilroy $3,029,567,242 12 $252,463,937
36 Amanda Silver $2,865,217,959 4 $716,304,490
37 Jonathan Nolan $2,858,219,505 4 $714,554,876
38 David S. Goyer $2,684,090,055 9 $298,232,228
39 Neal Purvis $2,661,746,739 6 $443,624,457
40 Mark Bomback $2,482,350,520 8 $310,293,815
41 Alvin Sargent $2,447,861,167 3 $815,953,722
42 Christopher McQuarrie $2,379,464,827 8 $297,433,103
43 J. David Stem $2,351,590,183 9 $261,287,798
44 Luc Besson $2,261,952,126 20 $113,097,606
45 Brian Lynch $2,242,728,165 5 $448,545,633
46 Rick Jaffa $2,154,573,393 3 $718,191,131
47 Chris McKenna $2,150,340,160 4 $537,585,040
48 Erik Sommers $2,150,340,160 4 $537,585,040
49 Jeff Nathanson $2,133,204,846 8 $266,650,606
50 Andrew Adamson $2,103,826,289 5 $420,765,258
51 Bob Peterson $2,051,493,862 3 $683,831,287
52 Andy Wachowski $2,035,444,707 6 $339,240,785
53 Lana Wachowski $2,035,444,707 6 $339,240,785
54 Scott Frank $2,021,143,453 10 $202,114,345
55 Dean Devlin $1,998,410,993 5 $399,682,199
56 James Gunn $1,965,985,665 7 $280,855,095
57 Daniel Gerson $1,955,473,876 3 $651,824,625
58 Steven Zaillian $1,936,864,449 10 $193,686,445
59 Chris Weitz $1,928,479,154 5 $385,695,831
60 Eric Darnell $1,903,161,611 3 $634,387,204
61 Jeff Pinkner $1,892,540,782 6 $315,423,464
62 Jennifer Lee $1,890,520,415 4 $472,630,104
63 Jane Goldman $1,875,561,032 8 $234,445,129
64 Adam Sandler $1,854,863,257 13 $142,681,789
65 David N. Weiss $1,849,304,978 3 $616,434,993
66 Jason Fuchs $1,848,328,808 5 $369,665,762
67 Damon Lindelof $1,784,666,280 6 $297,444,380
68 Dan Fogelman $1,782,833,454 10 $178,283,345
69 Zak Penn $1,758,968,736 5 $351,793,747
70 Yoni Brenner $1,756,389,785 3 $585,463,262
71 Chris Terrio $1,752,422,802 5 $350,484,560
72 Derek Connolly $1,737,816,794 4 $434,454,199
73 Jeffrey Price $1,725,201,674 4 $431,300,419
74 Peter S. Seaman $1,725,201,674 4 $431,300,419
75 Rhett Reese $1,692,692,471 6 $282,115,412
76 Paul Wernick $1,692,692,471 6 $282,115,412
77 Robert L. Baird $1,686,572,337 3 $562,190,779
78 Jon Vitti $1,685,988,796 4 $421,497,199
79 Colin Trevorrow $1,671,713,208 3 $557,237,736
80 Evan Spiliotopoulos $1,671,647,489 4 $417,911,872
81 Michael Berg $1,669,723,117 3 $556,574,372
82 Joe Stillman $1,660,838,774 3 $553,612,925
83 Jared Bush $1,659,401,380 2 $829,700,690
84 John Hamburg $1,656,643,561 8 $207,080,445
85 Nicholas Stoller $1,641,931,688 14 $117,280,835
86 Peter Craig $1,640,793,440 6 $273,465,573
87 Eric Roth $1,637,486,368 11 $148,862,397
88 Quentin Tarantino $1,625,332,395 13 $125,025,569
89 Simon Beaufoy $1,597,469,924 8 $199,683,741
90 Danny Strong $1,594,914,061 5 $318,982,812
91 William Broyles Jr. $1,594,781,906 6 $265,796,984
92 Pete Docter $1,585,170,958 3 $528,390,319
93 Etan Cohen $1,565,765,333 6 $260,960,889
94 Ed Solomon $1,559,539,420 7 $222,791,346
95 Irene Mecchi $1,555,397,688 4 $388,849,422
96 Phil Johnston $1,553,016,034 5 $310,603,207
97 David Ayer $1,550,551,204 7 $221,507,315
98 Robert Mark Kamen $1,539,404,995 10 $153,940,500
99 Ryan Coogler $1,536,032,464 3 $512,010,821
100 Michael Crichton $1,534,512,584 2 $767,256,292

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

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.

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