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Top Grossing Story Creator at the Worldwide Box OfficeBETA


See also: Top Domestic Story Creators - Top International Story Creators - Top Worldwide Art Directors - Top Worldwide Assistant Directors - Top Worldwide Associate Producers - Top Worldwide Casting Directors - Top Worldwide Cinematographers - Top Worldwide Co-Producers - Top Worldwide Composers - Top Worldwide Costume Designers - Top Worldwide Costume Supervisors - Top Worldwide Dialogue Editors - Top Worldwide Directors - Top Worldwide Editors - Top Worldwide Executive Producers - Top Worldwide Make-up and Hair Designers - Top Worldwide Music Editors - Top Worldwide Music Supervisors - Top Worldwide Producers - Top Worldwide Production Designers - Top Worldwide Re-recording Mixers - Top Worldwide Screenwriters - Top Worldwide Set Decorators - Top Worldwide Set Designers - Top Worldwide Sound Designers - Top Worldwide Sound Editors - Top Worldwide Sound Effects Editors - Top Worldwide Sound Mixers - Top Worldwide Stunt Coordinators - Top Worldwide Supervising Sound Editors - Top Worldwide Unit Production Managers - Top Worldwide Visual Effects Supervisors

This list shows the highest grossing Story Creators 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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Stan Lee
Best known as an Executive Producer based on credits in that role in 46 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Avengers: Infinity War ($2,010,032,907 in 2018), The Avengers ($1,519,479,547 in 2012), Black Panther ($1,346,668,167 in 2018), Spider-Man 3 ($894,860,230 in 2007), Spider-Man: Homecoming ($880,210,429 in 2017), Spider-Man ($821,706,375 in 2002), Spider-Man 2 ($795,110,670 in 2004), The Amazing Spider-Man ($757,890,267 in 2012), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($708,996,336 in 2014), Iron Man 2 ($621,156,389 in 2010)

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Jack Kirby
Best known as a Story Creator based on credits in that role in 12 films.
Top films contributed to this record: Avengers: Infinity War ($2,010,032,907 in 2018), The Avengers ($1,519,479,547 in 2012), Black Panther ($1,346,668,167 in 2018), Iron Man 2 ($621,156,389 in 2010), Iron Man ($585,171,547 in 2008), Thor ($449,326,618 in 2011), Captain America: The First Avenger ($370,569,776 in 2011), Fantastic Four ($333,132,750 in 2005), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer ($289,480,691 in 2007), The Incredible Hulk ($265,573,859 in 2008)

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J.K. Rowling
Best known as a Story Creator based on credits in that role in 8 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 Order of the Phoenix ($942,943,935 in 2007), 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)

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Complete List

Rank Name Worldwide
Box Office
Movies Average
1 Stan Lee $12,820,744,583 18 $712,263,588
2 Jack Kirby $8,035,667,685 12 $669,638,974
3 J.K. Rowling $7,727,156,777 8 $965,894,597
4 J.R.R. Tolkien $5,895,804,182 6 $982,634,030
5 Steve Ditko $4,858,774,307 6 $809,795,718
6 Andrew Stanton $4,800,219,886 7 $685,745,698
7 George Lucas $3,795,560,025 9 $421,728,892
8 John Lasseter $3,568,531,313 7 $509,790,188
9 Pete Docter $3,557,353,573 6 $592,892,262
10 Stephenie Meyer $3,379,562,553 6 $563,260,426
11 Suzanne Collins $2,959,967,141 4 $739,991,785
12 David S. Goyer $2,903,276,590 4 $725,819,148
13 Bruce Geller $2,800,369,451 6 $466,728,242
14 Michael Crichton $2,299,617,672 8 $287,452,209
15 Jennifer Lee $2,294,123,394 2 $1,147,061,697
16 Terry Rossio $2,195,257,358 7 $313,608,194
17 Ted Elliott $2,195,257,358 7 $313,608,194
18 Stephen King $2,175,304,758 43 $50,588,483
19 Bob Peterson $2,088,431,180 3 $696,143,727
20 Bryan Singer $1,975,983,762 5 $395,196,752
21 Lee Unkrich $1,869,786,203 2 $934,893,102
22 Rick Jaffa $1,762,133,966 2 $881,066,983
23 Amanda Silver $1,762,133,966 2 $881,066,983
24 Gary Scott Thompson $1,725,235,104 2 $862,617,552
25 Lowell Cunningham $1,683,771,827 3 $561,257,276
26 John Logan $1,682,386,930 4 $420,596,733
27 Christopher Nolan $1,669,620,136 2 $834,810,068
28 Larry Lieber $1,655,654,554 4 $413,913,639
29 Chris Van Allsburg $1,594,039,380 4 $398,509,845
30 Zack Snyder $1,562,724,650 3 $520,908,217
31 Phil Johnston $1,545,121,343 3 $515,040,448
32 Brenda Chapman $1,542,019,749 3 $514,006,583
33 Mark Millar $1,523,116,192 5 $304,623,238
34 Zak Penn $1,519,479,547 1 $1,519,479,547
35 Jim Reardon $1,516,399,935 2 $758,199,968
36 Rich Moore $1,516,399,935 2 $758,199,968
37 Rob Liefeld $1,492,542,054 2 $746,271,027
38 Fabian Nicieza $1,492,542,054 2 $746,271,027
39 Dan Brown $1,478,257,493 3 $492,752,498
40 William Steig $1,428,820,926 2 $714,410,463
41 E.L. James $1,322,607,772 3 $440,869,257
42 Roland Emmerich $1,319,963,736 3 $439,987,912
43 Charles Perrault $1,293,088,088 2 $646,544,044
44 Shane Morris $1,274,234,980 1 $1,274,234,980
45 Chris Buck $1,274,234,980 1 $1,274,234,980
46 Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont $1,262,967,006 2 $631,483,503
47 Linda Woolverton $1,262,967,006 2 $631,483,503
48 Alex Kurtzman $1,260,081,254 3 $420,027,085
49 Neal Purvis $1,241,351,583 2 $620,675,792
50 Robert Wade $1,241,351,583 2 $620,675,792
51 Don Heck $1,206,327,936 2 $603,163,968
52 Gene Roddenberry $1,189,460,342 3 $396,486,781
53 Jon Spaihts $1,150,488,694 3 $383,496,231
54 Byron Howard $1,146,186,244 2 $573,093,122
55 Dr Seuss $1,129,414,325 5 $225,882,865
56 Gary Whitta $1,050,988,488 1 $1,050,988,488
57 John Knoll $1,050,988,488 1 $1,050,988,488
58 Tim Powers $1,045,663,875 1 $1,045,663,875
59 Sam Raimi $1,025,581,325 3 $341,860,442
60 Victoria Strouse $1,022,617,376 1 $1,022,617,376
61 Jared Bush $1,019,888,414 1 $1,019,888,414
62 Josie Trinidad $1,019,888,414 1 $1,019,888,414
63 Stuart Beattie $1,011,998,410 3 $337,332,803
64 John Musker $1,002,166,931 3 $334,055,644
65 Ron Clements $1,002,166,931 3 $334,055,644
66 Frank Miller $982,969,253 4 $245,742,313
67 Carlos Saldanha $980,366,100 2 $490,183,050
68 Rudyard Kipling $963,841,800 2 $481,920,900
69 Chris McKenna $962,101,361 1 $962,101,361
70 Kevin Hageman $959,004,976 3 $319,668,325
71 Dan Hageman $959,004,976 3 $319,668,325
72 Cyrus Voris $954,369,537 2 $477,184,769
73 Ethan Reiff $954,369,537 2 $477,184,769
74 James Dashner $924,895,894 3 $308,298,631
75 Dan Harris $916,827,554 2 $458,413,777
76 Michael Dougherty $916,827,554 2 $458,413,777
77 Ivan Raimi $894,860,230 1 $894,860,230
78 Philip K. Dick $889,925,826 6 $148,320,971
79 Stephen Sommers $884,745,139 3 $294,915,046
80 Lori Forte $879,765,137 1 $879,765,137
81 Michael Berg $879,765,137 1 $879,765,137
82 Max Brooks $866,064,756 2 $433,032,378
83 Dan Abnett $862,889,714 1 $862,889,714
84 Andy Lanning $862,889,714 1 $862,889,714
85 Jason Carter Eaton $859,701,857 1 $859,701,857
86 Ronnie del Carmen $857,720,660 1 $857,720,660
87 Kevin Jarre $857,685,488 3 $285,895,163
88 Stephany Folsom $850,650,283 1 $850,650,283
89 Craig Kyle $850,650,283 1 $850,650,283
90 Christopher L. Yost $850,650,283 1 $850,650,283
91 Roberto Orci $849,747,928 2 $424,873,964
92 Brad Bird $833,833,152 2 $416,916,576
93 Michael Chabon $828,533,155 2 $414,266,578
94 Dan Gilroy $824,970,282 2 $412,485,141
95 Joe Ranft $824,746,565 2 $412,373,283
96 Chris Sanders $818,868,425 2 $409,434,213
97 Dan O’Bannon $817,934,983 3 $272,644,994
98 Ronald Shusett $817,934,983 3 $272,644,994
99 Allan Heinberg $817,012,815 1 $817,012,815
100 Jason Fuchs $817,012,815 1 $817,012,815

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

Note: This chart is not adjusted for inflation.

Image attributions

Stan Lee: By Edward Liu (Stan "The Man" Lee) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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