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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 $6,496,843,292 13 $499,757,176
5 David Koepp $6,109,633,971 18 $339,424,110
6 Philippa Boyens $5,990,698,630 8 $748,837,329
7 Terry Rossio $5,446,557,959 12 $453,879,830
8 Ted Elliott $5,265,519,343 9 $585,057,705
9 Chris Morgan $5,091,058,176 8 $636,382,272
10 Christopher Nolan $4,594,228,256 8 $574,278,532
11 Andrew Stanton $4,573,089,701 9 $508,121,078
12 Stephen McFeely $4,520,221,777 11 $410,929,252
13 Christopher Markus $4,520,221,777 11 $410,929,252
14 Ken Daurio $4,316,783,888 8 $539,597,986
15 Cinco Paul $4,316,783,888 8 $539,597,986
16 Akiva Goldsman $4,170,783,040 16 $260,673,940
17 John Logan $4,118,458,942 13 $316,804,534
18 Lawrence Kasdan $4,058,828,849 9 $450,980,983
19 Alex Kurtzman $3,997,276,373 10 $399,727,637
20 Roberto Orci $3,997,276,373 10 $399,727,637
21 George Lucas $3,892,042,255 5 $778,408,451
22 Ehren Kruger $3,795,508,014 11 $345,046,183
23 Jonathan Aibel $3,645,995,655 8 $455,749,457
24 Glenn Berger $3,645,995,655 8 $455,749,457
25 Robert Wade $3,541,367,662 7 $505,909,666
26 Linda Woolverton $3,500,251,458 5 $700,050,292
27 Guillermo del Toro $3,459,968,703 8 $432,496,088
28 Melissa Rosenberg $3,428,459,896 7 $489,779,985
29 Roland Emmerich $3,391,404,500 8 $423,925,563
30 Joss Whedon $3,367,315,583 6 $561,219,264
31 J.J. Abrams $3,268,736,318 4 $817,184,080
32 Michael Arndt $3,228,981,909 4 $807,245,477
33 Simon Kinberg $3,130,454,597 9 $347,828,289
34 M. Night Shyamalan $3,069,308,476 12 $255,775,706
35 Tony Gilroy $3,024,061,156 13 $232,620,089
36 Amanda Silver $2,865,145,344 3 $955,048,448
37 Jonathan Nolan $2,858,219,505 4 $714,554,876
38 David S. Goyer $2,684,090,055 8 $335,511,257
39 Neal Purvis $2,661,746,739 6 $443,624,457
40 Mark Bomback $2,486,141,207 7 $355,163,030
41 Alvin Sargent $2,447,861,167 3 $815,953,722
42 Christopher McQuarrie $2,378,416,435 8 $297,302,054
43 J. David Stem $2,351,590,183 9 $261,287,798
44 Luc Besson $2,261,951,771 20 $113,097,589
45 Brian Lynch $2,231,855,718 4 $557,963,930
46 Rick Jaffa $2,154,500,778 2 $1,077,250,389
47 Jeff Nathanson $2,133,204,846 8 $266,650,606
48 Andrew Adamson $2,103,826,289 5 $420,765,258
49 Bob Peterson $2,046,193,862 3 $682,064,621
50 Andy Wachowski $2,035,444,707 6 $339,240,785
51 Lana Wachowski $2,035,444,707 6 $339,240,785
52 Scott Frank $2,021,143,453 9 $224,571,495
53 Dean Devlin $1,984,909,017 5 $396,981,803
54 James Gunn $1,966,401,022 7 $280,914,432
55 Daniel Gerson $1,955,473,876 3 $651,824,625
56 Steven Zaillian $1,936,864,449 10 $193,686,445
57 Chris Weitz $1,928,419,424 5 $385,683,885
58 Eric Darnell $1,902,997,681 3 $634,332,560
59 Jane Goldman $1,859,584,894 8 $232,448,112
60 Adam Sandler $1,854,863,257 13 $142,681,789
61 David N. Weiss $1,849,304,978 3 $616,434,993
62 Jason Fuchs $1,848,328,808 5 $369,665,762
63 Dan Fogelman $1,782,833,454 8 $222,854,182
64 Jennifer Lee $1,770,746,501 4 $442,686,625
65 Yoni Brenner $1,756,389,785 3 $585,463,262
66 Derek Connolly $1,737,744,179 4 $434,436,045
67 Jeffrey Price $1,725,201,674 4 $431,300,419
68 Peter S. Seaman $1,725,201,674 4 $431,300,419
69 William Broyles Jr. $1,715,238,228 6 $285,873,038
70 Chris Terrio $1,714,339,918 4 $428,584,980
71 Jon Vitti $1,685,988,796 4 $421,497,199
72 Evan Spiliotopoulos $1,672,252,081 3 $557,417,360
73 Colin Trevorrow $1,671,640,593 2 $835,820,297
74 Michael Berg $1,669,723,117 3 $556,574,372
75 Joe Stillman $1,660,838,774 3 $553,612,925
76 Jared Bush $1,659,458,182 2 $829,729,091
77 John Hamburg $1,656,070,562 8 $207,008,820
78 Nicholas Stoller $1,641,931,688 12 $136,827,641
79 Eric Roth $1,637,486,368 11 $148,862,397
80 Quentin Tarantino $1,625,332,395 12 $135,444,366
81 Simon Beaufoy $1,597,263,299 8 $199,657,912
82 Danny Strong $1,594,745,254 5 $318,949,051
83 Pete Docter $1,585,170,958 3 $528,390,319
84 Peter Craig $1,574,989,448 6 $262,498,241
85 Etan Cohen $1,565,547,397 6 $260,924,566
86 Ed Solomon $1,559,440,351 6 $259,906,725
87 Irene Mecchi $1,555,435,861 4 $388,858,965
88 Phil Johnston $1,553,016,034 5 $310,603,207
89 David Ayer $1,550,488,891 7 $221,498,413
90 Robert Mark Kamen $1,539,404,995 9 $171,044,999
91 Michael Crichton $1,534,512,584 2 $767,256,292
92 Todd Phillips $1,518,011,200 8 $189,751,400
93 Joel Coen $1,510,324,151 23 $65,666,267
94 John Francis Daley $1,494,517,532 6 $249,086,255
95 Jonathan Goldstein $1,494,517,532 6 $249,086,255
96 Tim Herlihy $1,492,532,119 10 $149,253,212
97 Brad Bird $1,481,505,701 5 $296,301,140
98 William Nicholson $1,479,358,925 8 $184,919,866
99 Craig Mazin $1,467,685,877 5 $293,537,175
100 Robert Towne $1,435,298,135 4 $358,824,534

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

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.

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