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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 41 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Avatar ($2,783,918,982 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 ($794,593,761 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), 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), Saving Private Ryan ($485,035,085 in 1998)

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Complete List

Rank Name Worldwide
Box Office
Movies Average
1 Christopher Boyes $17,025,020,845 36 $472,917,246
2 Randy Thom $15,184,822,149 40 $379,620,554
3 Gary Rydstrom $11,710,195,198 28 $418,221,257
4 Ben Burtt $9,122,353,070 16 $570,147,067
5 Richard King $8,171,591,381 24 $340,482,974
6 Shannon Mills $6,090,771,873 12 $507,564,323
7 Tim Chau $5,272,526,209 52 $101,394,735
8 Ethan Van der Ryn $5,218,383,668 12 $434,865,306
9 Erik Aadahl $5,162,563,344 15 $344,170,890
10 Tom Myers $4,262,411,307 12 $355,200,942
11 Steve Boeddeker $4,174,033,782 16 $260,877,111
12 Craig Berkey $4,008,862,581 16 $250,553,911
13 Cameron Frankley $3,718,853,358 16 $232,428,335
14 Glenn Freemantle $3,589,980,716 22 $163,180,942
15 Paul N. J. Ottosson $3,496,378,343 12 $291,364,862
16 Harry Cohen $3,349,674,154 13 $257,667,243
17 David Farmer $3,330,257,766 7 $475,751,109
18 Ren Klyce $3,301,350,601 9 $366,816,733
19 Al Nelson $3,255,064,345 7 $465,009,192
20 Peter Brown $2,870,178,274 6 $478,363,046
21 Tim Nielsen $2,647,497,749 5 $529,499,550
22 Jeremy Peirson $2,645,798,939 7 $377,971,277
23 Charles Maynes $2,552,809,457 22 $116,036,794
24 Will Files $2,522,272,301 7 $360,324,614
25 Craig Henighan $2,461,589,199 10 $246,158,920
26 Odin Benitez $2,337,629,864 5 $467,525,973
27 Dane A. Davis $2,286,815,412 14 $163,343,958
28 Pete Horner $2,232,850,935 4 $558,212,734
29 Ann Scibelli $2,179,154,904 11 $198,104,991
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 $2,025,381,583 9 $225,042,398
33 Richard Beggs $1,914,643,552 12 $159,553,629
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 $1,719,791,931 5 $343,958,386
37 Ai-Ling Lee $1,689,887,080 5 $337,977,416
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 $1,546,759,081 5 $309,351,816
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 $1,354,861,068 6 $225,810,178
49 Eric A. Norris $1,353,941,375 5 $270,788,275
50 Warren Hendriks $1,343,771,738 2 $671,885,869
51 Peter Staubli $1,322,288,569 4 $330,572,142
52 David C. Hughes $1,290,326,740 2 $645,163,370
53 Tim Walston $1,246,794,240 13 $95,907,249
54 Leslie Shatz $1,212,281,954 13 $93,252,458
55 Elliott L. Koretz $1,167,671,741 7 $166,810,249
56 Nia Hansen $1,153,304,495 1 $1,153,304,495
57 Niv Adiri $1,152,941,403 2 $576,470,702
58 Eugene Gearty $1,120,890,244 8 $140,111,281
59 Karen Triest $1,109,735,920 6 $184,955,987
60 John Pospisil $1,106,533,950 4 $276,633,488
61 Stephen Robinson $993,227,719 2 $496,613,860
62 Andy Kennedy $991,261,637 3 $330,420,546
63 Jon Johnson $980,433,865 7 $140,061,981
64 David Acord $956,594,343 3 $318,864,781
65 Bruce Stambler $904,968,218 4 $226,242,055
66 Alan Rankin $895,394,226 8 $111,924,278
67 Scott Martin Gershin $894,474,967 7 $127,782,138
68 Ben Barker $885,802,003 3 $295,267,334
69 John Marquis $863,321,569 3 $287,773,856
70 Robert L. Sephton $855,693,543 7 $122,241,935
71 Lee Gilmore $844,954,923 2 $422,477,462
72 Yann Delpuech $835,459,737 3 $278,486,579
73 Martin Hernandez $832,554,813 5 $166,510,963
74 Susen Dudeck $821,706,375 1 $821,706,375
75 Wayne Lemmer $801,029,249 1 $801,029,249
76 Michael Babcock $791,216,676 7 $113,030,954
77 Matthew Collinge $785,933,006 6 $130,988,834
78 Peter Kurland $775,541,113 2 $387,770,557
79 Paul Hackner $751,563,453 2 $375,781,727
80 Martin Cantwell $745,306,612 2 $372,653,306
81 Michael Kirchberger $672,806,292 1 $672,806,292
82 Glynna Grimala $630,163,454 1 $630,163,454
83 Jimmy Boyle $615,998,973 3 $205,332,991
84 Tim Gedemer $598,020,129 2 $299,010,065
85 Michael Payne $586,598,519 4 $146,649,630
86 Tod A. Maitland $585,532,684 1 $585,532,684
87 Dror Mohar $568,610,722 6 $94,768,454
88 Roland Thai $558,343,792 4 $139,585,948
89 Hammond Peek $550,517,357 1 $550,517,357
90 Frank A. Montano $532,950,503 1 $532,950,503
91 Jon Taylor $532,950,503 1 $532,950,503
92 Stuart Wilson $531,514,650 1 $531,514,650
93 Jeremy Bowker $531,041,910 4 $132,760,478
94 Derek Vanderhorst $508,208,588 3 $169,402,863
95 Tom Williams $504,902,102 2 $252,451,051
96 Wylie Stateman $497,767,957 5 $99,553,591
97 Peter Miller $494,780,120 3 $164,926,707
98 Joe Dzuban $479,921,656 2 $239,960,828
99 Tobias Poppe $478,206,946 3 $159,402,315
100 Michael Kamper $476,845,288 2 $238,422,644

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

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.

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