List of highest-grossing directors

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The following is a non-definitive list of the all-time highest-grossing film directors. The list is not adjusted for inflation.[1]

As of 21 August 2018

Worldwide[edit]

  Background shading indicates directors whose films are currently playing in theaters.
Highest-grossing directors worldwide[2]
Rank Name Highest-grossing film Total worldwide box office
1 Steven Spielberg Jurassic Park $10.120 billion
2 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $6.520 billion
3 Michael Bay Transformers: Dark of the Moon $6.450 billion
4 James Cameron Avatar $6.138 billion
5 David Yates Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $5.346 billion
6 Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight Rises $4.754 billion
7 Robert Zemeckis Forrest Gump $4.315 billion
8 Ron Howard The Da Vinci Code $4.284 billion
9 Ridley Scott The Martian $4.128 billion
10 Chris Columbus Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone $4.093 billion

Domestic[edit]

Highest-grossing directors in Canada and the United States[3]
Rank Name Highest-grossing film Total domestic box office
1 Steven Spielberg Jurassic Park $4.670 billion
2 Michael Bay Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $2.326 billion
3 Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $2.134 billion
4 Ron Howard How the Grinch Stole Christmas $2.109 billion
5 Robert Zemeckis Forrest Gump $2.092 billion
6 Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight $2.006 billion
7 James Cameron Avatar $1.975 billion
8 Clint Eastwood American Sniper $1.852 billion
9 Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland $1.840 billion
10 Chris Columbus Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone $1.750 billion

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