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Top Grossing Story Creator at the Worldwide Box OfficeBETA


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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 43 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 ($879,658,781 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 $9,463,491,861 16 $591,468,241
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 $4,858,222,659 6 $809,703,777
5 Andrew Stanton $4,800,219,886 7 $685,745,698
6 Jack Kirby $4,678,966,611 10 $467,896,661
7 George Lucas $3,817,956,649 9 $424,217,405
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 $2,170,640,469 43 $50,480,011
19 Bob Peterson $2,088,423,445 3 $696,141,148
20 Bryan Singer $1,975,983,762 5 $395,196,752
21 Rick Jaffa $1,762,061,351 2 $881,030,676
22 Amanda Silver $1,762,061,351 2 $881,030,676
23 Gary Scott Thompson $1,723,260,994 2 $861,630,497
24 Lowell Cunningham $1,683,771,827 3 $561,257,276
25 John Logan $1,682,166,904 4 $420,541,726
26 Christopher Nolan $1,669,620,136 2 $834,810,068
27 Larry Lieber $1,655,654,554 3 $551,884,851
28 Phil Johnston $1,545,153,903 3 $515,051,301
29 Brenda Chapman $1,542,057,922 2 $771,028,961
30 Mark Millar $1,523,216,295 5 $304,643,259
31 Zack Snyder $1,520,131,575 3 $506,710,525
32 Zak Penn $1,519,479,547 1 $1,519,479,547
33 Rich Moore $1,516,432,495 2 $758,216,248
34 Jim Reardon $1,516,432,495 2 $758,216,248
35 Dan Brown $1,478,269,182 3 $492,756,394
36 Lee Unkrich $1,459,174,694 2 $729,587,347
37 William Steig $1,428,820,926 2 $714,410,463
38 Roland Emmerich $1,319,963,736 3 $439,987,912
39 Charles Perrault $1,293,088,088 2 $646,544,044
40 Chris Buck $1,274,234,980 1 $1,274,234,980
41 Shane Morris $1,274,234,980 1 $1,274,234,980
42 Linda Woolverton $1,263,714,165 1 $1,263,714,165
43 Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont $1,263,714,165 2 $631,857,083
44 Alex Kurtzman $1,259,062,929 3 $419,687,643
45 Neal Purvis $1,241,351,583 2 $620,675,792
46 Robert Wade $1,241,351,583 2 $620,675,792
47 Don Heck $1,206,327,936 2 $603,163,968
48 Gene Roddenberry $1,189,460,342 3 $396,486,781
49 Jon Spaihts $1,149,688,636 3 $383,229,545
50 Byron Howard $1,146,218,804 2 $573,109,402
51 Dr Seuss $1,129,414,325 5 $225,882,865
52 John Knoll $1,050,988,488 1 $1,050,988,488
53 Gary Whitta $1,050,988,488 1 $1,050,988,488
54 Tim Powers $1,045,663,875 1 $1,045,663,875
55 Sam Raimi $1,025,581,325 3 $341,860,442
56 Victoria Strouse $1,022,617,376 1 $1,022,617,376
57 Jared Bush $1,019,920,974 1 $1,019,920,974
58 Josie Trinidad $1,019,920,974 1 $1,019,920,974
59 Stuart Beattie $1,011,998,410 3 $337,332,803
60 John Musker $1,002,334,586 3 $334,111,529
61 Ron Clements $1,002,334,586 3 $334,111,529
62 Frank Miller $982,969,253 4 $245,742,313
63 Carlos Saldanha $980,366,100 2 $490,183,050
64 Rudyard Kipling $963,901,123 2 $481,950,562
65 Dan Hageman $959,016,398 3 $319,672,133
66 Kevin Hageman $959,016,398 3 $319,672,133
67 Cyrus Voris $954,152,119 2 $477,076,060
68 Ethan Reiff $954,152,119 2 $477,076,060
69 E.L. James $951,979,644 3 $317,326,548
70 Michael Dougherty $916,827,554 2 $458,413,777
71 Dan Harris $916,827,554 2 $458,413,777
72 Ivan Raimi $894,860,230 1 $894,860,230
73 Stephen Sommers $884,745,139 3 $294,915,046
74 Philip K. Dick $881,464,522 6 $146,910,754
75 Michael Berg $879,765,137 1 $879,765,137
76 Lori Forte $879,765,137 1 $879,765,137
77 Max Brooks $866,064,756 2 $433,032,378
78 Dan Abnett $863,613,101 1 $863,613,101
79 Andy Lanning $863,613,101 1 $863,613,101
80 Jason Carter Eaton $859,701,857 1 $859,701,857
81 Kevin Jarre $857,685,488 3 $285,895,163
82 Ronnie del Carmen $853,707,581 1 $853,707,581
83 Roberto Orci $849,747,928 2 $424,873,964
84 Brad Bird $833,833,152 2 $416,916,576
85 Christopher L. Yost $833,156,064 1 $833,156,064
86 Stephany Folsom $833,156,064 1 $833,156,064
87 Craig Kyle $833,156,064 1 $833,156,064
88 Michael Chabon $828,533,155 2 $414,266,578
89 Dan Gilroy $825,018,068 2 $412,509,034
90 Joe Ranft $824,746,565 2 $412,373,283
91 Chris Sanders $818,868,425 2 $409,434,213
92 Dan O'Bannon $817,934,983 3 $272,644,994
93 Ronald Shusett $817,934,983 3 $272,644,994
94 Allan Heinberg $817,012,815 1 $817,012,815
95 Jason Fuchs $817,012,815 1 $817,012,815
96 Rob Liefeld $801,029,249 1 $801,029,249
97 Fabian Nicieza $801,029,249 1 $801,029,249
98 David Callaham $797,344,243 2 $398,672,122
99 Alfred Gough $795,110,670 1 $795,110,670
100 Miles Millar $795,110,670 1 $795,110,670

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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