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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 44 films.
Top films contributed to this record: The Avengers ($1,519,479,547 in 2012), Spider-Man 3 ($894,860,230 in 2007), Spider-Man: Homecoming ($880,206,511 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), Iron Man ($585,171,547 in 2008), Thor ($449,326,618 in 2011)

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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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J.R.R. Tolkien
Best known as a Story Creator based on credits in that role in 6 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)

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Complete List

Rank Name Worldwide
Box Office
Movies Average
1 Stan Lee $9,586,847,591 18 $532,602,644
2 J.K. Rowling $7,727,156,777 8 $965,894,597
3 J.R.R. Tolkien $5,895,804,182 6 $982,634,030
4 Steve Ditko $4,858,770,389 6 $809,795,065
5 Jack Kirby $4,801,774,611 12 $400,147,884
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 $3,553,340,494 6 $592,223,416
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 $2,294,155,954 2 $1,147,077,977
16 Ted Elliott $2,195,257,358 7 $313,608,194
17 Terry Rossio $2,195,257,358 7 $313,608,194
18 Stephen King $2,175,119,038 43 $50,584,164
19 Bob Peterson $2,088,423,445 3 $696,141,148
20 Bryan Singer $1,975,983,762 5 $395,196,752
21 Lee Unkrich $1,783,781,989 2 $891,890,995
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 Zack Snyder $1,562,316,827 3 $520,772,276
30 Phil Johnston $1,545,153,903 3 $515,051,301
31 Brenda Chapman $1,542,057,922 2 $771,028,961
32 Mark Millar $1,523,216,295 5 $304,643,259
33 Chris Van Allsburg $1,521,106,970 4 $380,276,743
34 Zak Penn $1,519,479,547 1 $1,519,479,547
35 Jim Reardon $1,516,432,495 2 $758,216,248
36 Rich Moore $1,516,432,495 2 $758,216,248
37 Dan Brown $1,478,257,493 3 $492,752,498
38 William Steig $1,428,820,926 2 $714,410,463
39 Roland Emmerich $1,319,963,736 3 $439,987,912
40 Charles Perrault $1,293,088,088 2 $646,544,044
41 Shane Morris $1,274,234,980 1 $1,274,234,980
42 Chris Buck $1,274,234,980 1 $1,274,234,980
43 Linda Woolverton $1,263,109,573 1 $1,263,109,573
44 Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont $1,263,109,573 2 $631,554,787
45 Alex Kurtzman $1,260,081,254 3 $420,027,085
46 Neal Purvis $1,241,351,583 2 $620,675,792
47 Robert Wade $1,241,351,583 2 $620,675,792
48 Don Heck $1,206,327,936 2 $603,163,968
49 Gene Roddenberry $1,189,460,342 3 $396,486,781
50 Jon Spaihts $1,150,706,961 3 $383,568,987
51 Byron Howard $1,146,218,804 2 $573,109,402
52 E.L. James $1,138,257,149 3 $379,419,050
53 Dr Seuss $1,129,414,325 5 $225,882,865
54 John Knoll $1,050,988,488 1 $1,050,988,488
55 Gary Whitta $1,050,988,488 1 $1,050,988,488
56 Tim Powers $1,045,663,875 1 $1,045,663,875
57 Sam Raimi $1,025,581,325 3 $341,860,442
58 Victoria Strouse $1,022,617,376 1 $1,022,617,376
59 Jared Bush $1,019,920,974 1 $1,019,920,974
60 Josie Trinidad $1,019,920,974 1 $1,019,920,974
61 Stuart Beattie $1,011,998,410 3 $337,332,803
62 Ron Clements $1,002,334,586 3 $334,111,529
63 John Musker $1,002,334,586 3 $334,111,529
64 Frank Miller $982,969,253 4 $245,742,313
65 Carlos Saldanha $980,366,100 2 $490,183,050
66 Rudyard Kipling $963,901,123 2 $481,950,562
67 Kevin Hageman $959,015,444 3 $319,671,815
68 Dan Hageman $959,015,444 3 $319,671,815
69 Ethan Reiff $954,369,537 2 $477,184,769
70 Cyrus Voris $954,369,537 2 $477,184,769
71 Michael Dougherty $916,827,554 2 $458,413,777
72 Dan Harris $916,827,554 2 $458,413,777
73 Ivan Raimi $894,860,230 1 $894,860,230
74 James Dashner $891,041,236 3 $297,013,745
75 Chris McKenna $889,168,951 1 $889,168,951
76 Stephen Sommers $884,745,139 3 $294,915,046
77 Philip K. Dick $884,228,555 6 $147,371,426
78 Michael Berg $879,765,137 1 $879,765,137
79 Lori Forte $879,765,137 1 $879,765,137
80 Max Brooks $866,064,756 2 $433,032,378
81 Dan Abnett $863,197,744 1 $863,197,744
82 Andy Lanning $863,197,744 1 $863,197,744
83 Jason Carter Eaton $859,701,857 1 $859,701,857
84 Kevin Jarre $857,685,488 3 $285,895,163
85 Ronnie del Carmen $853,707,581 1 $853,707,581
86 Christopher L. Yost $850,039,247 1 $850,039,247
87 Stephany Folsom $850,039,247 1 $850,039,247
88 Craig Kyle $850,039,247 1 $850,039,247
89 Roberto Orci $849,747,928 2 $424,873,964
90 Brad Bird $833,833,152 2 $416,916,576
91 Michael Chabon $828,533,155 2 $414,266,578
92 Dan Gilroy $825,018,068 2 $412,509,034
93 Joe Ranft $824,746,565 2 $412,373,283
94 Chris Sanders $818,868,425 2 $409,434,213
95 Ronald Shusett $817,934,983 3 $272,644,994
96 Dan O'Bannon $817,934,983 3 $272,644,994
97 Allan Heinberg $817,012,815 1 $817,012,815
98 Jason Fuchs $817,012,815 1 $817,012,815
99 Rob Liefeld $801,029,249 2 $400,514,625
100 Fabian Nicieza $801,029,249 2 $400,514,625

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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