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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 Christopher Markus $6,539,730,871 12 $544,977,573
5 Stephen McFeely $6,539,730,871 12 $544,977,573
6 James Cameron $6,489,170,674 13 $499,166,975
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 $4,589,427,769 8 $573,678,471
13 Andrew Stanton $4,571,877,692 9 $507,986,410
14 Lawrence Kasdan $4,421,014,736 10 $442,101,474
15 Cinco Paul $4,330,007,967 8 $541,250,996
16 Ken Daurio $4,330,007,967 8 $541,250,996
17 Akiva Goldsman $4,172,082,004 16 $260,755,125
18 John Logan $4,118,678,968 13 $316,821,459
19 Guillermo del Toro $4,022,202,672 15 $268,146,845
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 Linda Woolverton $3,655,815,775 6 $609,302,629
25 Glenn Berger $3,645,743,034 9 $405,082,559
26 Jonathan Aibel $3,645,743,034 9 $405,082,559
27 Michael Arndt $3,618,950,838 4 $904,737,710
28 Robert Wade $3,541,367,662 8 $442,670,958
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 $3,367,262,603 6 $561,210,434
32 J.J. Abrams $3,268,736,318 5 $653,747,264
33 Simon Kinberg $3,130,454,597 11 $284,586,782
34 M. Night Shyamalan $3,069,404,210 12 $255,783,684
35 Tony Gilroy $3,030,895,982 12 $252,574,665
36 Derek Connolly $2,874,614,660 4 $718,653,665
37 Amanda Silver $2,865,217,959 4 $716,304,490
38 Jonathan Nolan $2,858,219,505 4 $714,554,876
39 Colin Trevorrow $2,808,511,074 3 $936,170,358
40 David S. Goyer $2,684,090,055 9 $298,232,228
41 Neal Purvis $2,661,746,739 6 $443,624,457
42 Mark Bomback $2,481,662,625 8 $310,207,828
43 Alvin Sargent $2,447,861,167 3 $815,953,722
44 Chris McKenna $2,440,835,574 4 $610,208,894
45 Erik Sommers $2,440,835,574 4 $610,208,894
46 Christopher McQuarrie $2,379,488,635 8 $297,436,079
47 J. David Stem $2,351,590,183 9 $261,287,798
48 Brad Bird $2,340,196,698 5 $468,039,340
49 Luc Besson $2,262,479,236 20 $113,123,962
50 Brian Lynch $2,242,682,747 5 $448,536,549
51 Rick Jaffa $2,154,573,393 3 $718,191,131
52 Jeff Nathanson $2,128,540,254 8 $266,067,532
53 Paul Wernick $2,110,875,818 8 $263,859,477
54 Rhett Reese $2,110,875,818 8 $263,859,477
55 Andrew Adamson $2,103,826,289 5 $420,765,258
56 Bob Peterson $2,051,449,116 3 $683,816,372
57 Lana Wachowski $2,035,444,707 6 $339,240,785
58 Andy Wachowski $2,035,444,707 6 $339,240,785
59 Scott Frank $2,021,043,350 10 $202,104,335
60 Dean Devlin $1,998,410,993 5 $399,682,199
61 James Gunn $1,965,676,383 7 $280,810,912
62 Daniel Gerson $1,955,473,876 3 $651,824,625
63 Steven Zaillian $1,936,864,449 10 $193,686,445
64 Chris Weitz $1,931,375,288 5 $386,275,058
65 Jennifer Lee $1,904,148,383 4 $476,037,096
66 Eric Darnell $1,903,161,611 3 $634,387,204
67 Jeff Pinkner $1,895,500,252 6 $315,916,709
68 Jane Goldman $1,875,548,522 8 $234,443,565
69 Adam Sandler $1,854,863,257 13 $142,681,789
70 Jason Fuchs $1,852,879,401 6 $308,813,234
71 David N. Weiss $1,849,304,978 3 $616,434,993
72 Damon Lindelof $1,784,666,280 6 $297,444,380
73 Dan Fogelman $1,782,833,454 10 $178,283,345
74 Zak Penn $1,767,156,703 5 $353,431,341
75 Yoni Brenner $1,756,371,420 3 $585,457,140
76 Chris Terrio $1,752,422,802 5 $350,484,560
77 Peter S. Seaman $1,725,201,674 4 $431,300,419
78 Jeffrey Price $1,725,201,674 4 $431,300,419
79 Jon Vitti $1,685,988,796 4 $421,497,199
80 Robert L. Baird $1,685,605,182 3 $561,868,394
81 Michael Berg $1,669,704,752 3 $556,568,251
82 Evan Spiliotopoulos $1,669,677,546 5 $333,935,509
83 Joe Stillman $1,660,838,774 3 $553,612,925
84 Jared Bush $1,659,076,147 2 $829,538,074
85 John Hamburg $1,656,643,561 9 $184,071,507
86 Peter Craig $1,645,012,409 7 $235,001,773
87 Nicholas Stoller $1,641,840,476 14 $117,274,320
88 Eric Roth $1,637,486,368 10 $163,748,637
89 Quentin Tarantino $1,625,332,395 13 $125,025,569
90 Simon Beaufoy $1,598,028,879 8 $199,753,610
91 William Broyles Jr. $1,596,484,177 6 $266,080,696
92 Danny Strong $1,594,933,248 5 $318,986,650
93 Pete Docter $1,589,184,037 3 $529,728,012
94 Etan Cohen $1,565,765,333 6 $260,960,889
95 Ed Solomon $1,559,539,420 7 $222,791,346
96 Irene Mecchi $1,554,402,831 4 $388,600,708
97 Phil Johnston $1,552,801,654 5 $310,560,331
98 David Ayer $1,550,551,204 7 $221,507,315
99 Robert Mark Kamen $1,539,404,995 10 $153,940,500
100 Ryan Coogler $1,538,030,998 3 $512,676,999

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

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.

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