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Top Grossing Sound Designer at the Worldwide Box OfficeBETA


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This list shows the highest grossing Sound Designers 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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Christopher Boyes
Best known as a Re-recording Mixer based on credits in that role in 42 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Avatar ($2,776,345,279 in 2009), Titanic ($2,208,208,395 in 1997), The Avengers ($1,519,479,547 in 2012), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($1,066,215,812 in 2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($963,420,425 in 2007), Coco ($800,102,441 in 2017), Guardians of the Galaxy ($771,051,335 in 2014), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl ($634,954,103 in 2003), Iron Man 2 ($621,156,389 in 2010), Iron Man ($585,171,547 in 2008)

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Randy Thom
Best known as a Sound Designer based on credits in that role in 40 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Shrek 2 ($937,008,132 in 2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ($896,911,078 in 2005), Ice Age: Continental Drift ($879,765,137 in 2012), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ($878,979,634 in 2002), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($859,701,857 in 2009), Forrest Gump ($679,850,637 in 1994), Ice Age: The Meltdown ($651,899,282 in 2006), Ratatouille ($626,549,695 in 2007), How to Train Your Dragon 2 ($614,586,270 in 2014), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa ($599,680,774 in 2008)

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Gary Rydstrom
Best known as a Sound Designer based on credits in that role in 28 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens ($2,058,662,225 in 2015), Jurassic Park ($1,038,812,584 in 1993), Finding Nemo ($936,429,370 in 2003), Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol ($694,713,230 in 2011), Ready Player One ($578,621,729 in 2018), Monsters, Inc. ($559,757,719 in 2001), Brave ($554,606,532 in 2012), Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($515,419,827 in 1991), Toy Story 2 ($511,358,276 in 1999), Wreck-It Ralph ($496,511,521 in 2012)

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Complete List

Rank Name Worldwide
Box Office
Movies Average
1 Christopher Boyes $17,022,955,822 36 $472,859,884
2 Randy Thom $15,184,790,181 40 $379,619,755
3 Gary Rydstrom $11,810,125,594 28 $421,790,200
4 Shannon Mills $9,799,052,747 19 $515,739,618
5 Ben Burtt $9,122,353,070 16 $570,147,067
6 Richard King $8,177,814,725 24 $340,742,280
7 Tim Chau $5,273,272,464 52 $101,409,086
8 Ethan Van der Ryn $5,218,131,047 12 $434,844,254
9 Erik Aadahl $5,162,310,723 15 $344,154,048
10 Al Nelson $4,392,797,515 8 $549,099,689
11 Tom Myers $4,262,366,561 12 $355,197,213
12 Steve Boeddeker $4,173,824,692 16 $260,864,043
13 Ren Klyce $4,044,046,811 10 $404,404,681
14 Craig Berkey $4,012,073,141 16 $250,754,571
15 Cameron Frankley $3,723,325,752 16 $232,707,860
16 Glenn Freemantle $3,582,824,892 22 $162,855,677
17 Paul N. J. Ottosson $3,498,950,335 12 $291,579,195
18 Pete Horner $3,367,500,364 5 $673,500,073
19 Harry Cohen $3,361,240,563 14 $240,088,612
20 David Farmer $3,330,257,766 7 $475,751,109
21 Peter Brown $2,870,178,274 6 $478,363,046
22 Jeremy Peirson $2,648,630,590 7 $378,375,799
23 Tim Nielsen $2,647,485,259 5 $529,497,052
24 Charles Maynes $2,552,935,460 22 $116,042,521
25 Will Files $2,522,299,539 7 $360,328,506
26 Craig Henighan $2,461,589,199 10 $246,158,920
27 Odin Benitez $2,337,629,864 5 $467,525,973
28 Dane A. Davis $2,286,762,432 14 $163,340,174
29 Ann Scibelli $2,245,828,933 12 $187,152,411
30 Dave Whitehead $2,136,332,587 7 $305,190,370
31 Jason W. Jennings $2,120,455,774 6 $353,409,296
32 Jon Title $2,092,249,709 10 $209,224,971
33 Richard Beggs $1,915,809,918 12 $159,650,827
34 James Boyle $1,845,292,150 3 $615,097,383
35 Lon Bender $1,811,373,382 9 $201,263,709
36 Wayne Pashley $1,719,705,380 5 $343,941,076
37 Ai-Ling Lee $1,690,290,463 5 $338,058,093
38 Daniel Pagan $1,629,266,081 3 $543,088,694
39 Michael Fentum $1,578,487,176 3 $526,162,392
40 Mark Mangini $1,557,461,454 9 $173,051,273
41 Tom Sayers $1,545,402,937 5 $309,080,587
42 Scott Hecker $1,536,159,712 2 $768,079,856
43 Chuck Michael $1,525,841,393 5 $305,168,279
44 Stephen P. Robinson $1,517,112,579 3 $505,704,193
45 Christopher Scarabosio $1,488,269,519 8 $186,033,690
46 Stephen Hunter Flick $1,462,677,779 4 $365,669,445
47 Oliver Tarney $1,419,372,811 4 $354,843,203
48 Tom Ozanich $1,417,020,656 7 $202,431,522
49 Peter Staubli $1,388,173,569 5 $277,634,714
50 Eric A. Norris $1,356,849,268 5 $271,369,854
51 Oriol Tarrago $1,350,773,428 6 $225,128,905
52 Warren Hendriks $1,343,771,738 2 $671,885,869
53 David C. Hughes $1,290,326,740 2 $645,163,370
54 Tim Walston $1,253,386,751 13 $96,414,365
55 Leslie Shatz $1,212,281,954 13 $93,252,458
56 Elliott L. Koretz $1,205,190,269 8 $150,648,784
57 John Pospisil $1,156,407,255 5 $231,281,451
58 Nia Hansen $1,153,304,495 1 $1,153,304,495
59 Niv Adiri $1,151,585,259 2 $575,792,630
60 Eugene Gearty $1,120,315,919 8 $140,039,490
61 Lee Gilmore $1,110,861,002 4 $277,715,251
62 Karen Triest $1,109,735,920 6 $184,955,987
63 Stephen Robinson $993,227,719 2 $496,613,860
64 Andy Kennedy $991,261,637 3 $330,420,546
65 Jon Johnson $980,433,865 7 $140,061,981
66 David Acord $956,548,925 3 $318,849,642
67 Bruce Stambler $904,968,218 4 $226,242,055
68 Alan Rankin $895,394,226 8 $111,924,278
69 Scott Martin Gershin $894,474,967 7 $127,782,138
70 Ben Barker $884,445,859 3 $294,815,286
71 John Marquis $863,321,569 3 $287,773,856
72 Robert L. Sephton $855,819,546 7 $122,259,935
73 Yann Delpuech $835,459,737 3 $278,486,579
74 Martin Hernandez $832,554,813 5 $166,510,963
75 Susan Dudeck $821,706,375 1 $821,706,375
76 Wayne Lemmer $801,029,249 1 $801,029,249
77 Michael Babcock $791,125,464 7 $113,017,923
78 Matthew Collinge $785,933,006 6 $130,988,834
79 Peter Kurland $775,541,113 2 $387,770,557
80 Paul Hackner $751,563,453 2 $375,781,727
81 Martin Cantwell $745,306,612 2 $372,653,306
82 Michael Kirchberger $672,806,292 1 $672,806,292
83 Glynna Grimala $630,163,454 1 $630,163,454
84 Jimmy Boyle $615,998,973 3 $205,332,991
85 Tim Gedemer $598,020,129 2 $299,010,065
86 Michael Payne $586,598,519 4 $146,649,630
87 Tod A. Maitland $585,532,684 1 $585,532,684
88 Dror Mohar $568,610,722 6 $94,768,454
89 Roland Thai $558,343,792 4 $139,585,948
90 Hammond Peek $550,517,357 1 $550,517,357
91 Jon Taylor $532,950,503 1 $532,950,503
92 Frank A. Montano $532,950,503 1 $532,950,503
93 Stuart Wilson $531,514,650 1 $531,514,650
94 Jeremy Bowker $531,009,942 4 $132,752,486
95 Wylie Stateman $509,334,366 6 $84,889,061
96 Derek Vanderhorst $508,208,588 3 $169,402,863
97 Tom Williams $504,902,102 2 $252,451,051
98 Peter Miller $494,780,120 3 $164,926,707
99 Joe Dzuban $479,921,656 2 $239,960,828
100 Tobias Poppe $478,206,946 3 $159,402,315

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

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.

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