Top 10 Most Profitable Movie Directors of All Time

113.jpg

 Who is the most profitable movie director of all time? Steven Spielberg of course… But who is the second biggest money maker in Hollywood? That question isn’t as easy to answer, is it? I decided to put together a listing of the Top 10 Most Profitable Movie Directors of All Time:

Steven Spielberg

 

221.jpg Filmography: Munich, War of the Worlds, The Terminal, Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report, A.I., Saving Private Ryan, Amistad, Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Hook, Always, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire of the Sun, The Color Purple, ET, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jaws
Total Domestic Box Office: $3.445 Billion
Per Film Average: $164.1 Million

Robert Zemeckis

331.jpgFilmography: Beowulf, The Polar Express, Cast Away, What Lies Beneath, Contact, Forrest Gump, Death Becomes Her, Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Romancing the Stone, Used Cars

Total Domestic Box Office: $1.799 Billion
Per Film Average: $150 Million

 

George Lucas

4444.jpgFilmography: American Graffiti, Star Wars, Star Wars Episode I, Star Wars Episode II, Star Wars Episode III

Total Domestic Box Office: $1.698 Billion
Per Film Average: $340 Million

 

Ron Howard

555.jpgFilmography: The Da Vinci Code, Cinderella Man, The Missing, A Beautiful Mind, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, EDtv, Ransom, Apollo 13, The Paper, Far and Away, Backdraft, Parenthood, Willow, Gung Ho, Cocoon, Splash, Night Shift

Total Domestic Box Office: $1.606 Billion
Per Film Average: $100.3 Million

 

Chris Columbus

6666.jpgFilmography: Rent, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Bicentennial Man, Stepmom, Nine Months, Mrs. Doubtfire, Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Only The Lonely, Heartbreak Hotel, Adventures in Babysitting

Total Domestic Box Office: $1.567 Billion
Per Film Average: $130.6 Million

Gore Verbinski

77777.jpgFilmography: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, The Weather Man, The Ring, The Mexican, Mouse Hunt

Total Domestic Box Office: $1.308 Billion
Per Film Average: $187 Million

 

Peter Jackson

8888.jpgFilmography: King Kong, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Frighteners

Total Domestic Box Office: $1.268 Billion
Per Film Average: $253.6 Million

 

Tim Burton

 

Sam Raimi

111111.jpgFilmography: Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, The Gift, For Love of the Game, A Simple Plan, The Quick and the Dead, Army of Darkness, Darkman

Total Domestic Box Office: $1.247 Billion
Per Film Average: $138.5 Million

 

James Cameron

122222222222222222.jpgFilmography: Titanic, True Lies, Terminator 2, The Abyss, Aliens, Terminator

Total Domestic Box Office: $1.147 Billion
Per Film Average: $163.8 Million

Please Note: To simplify things, I only counted/mentioned films that played on over 500 screens.

So what do you notice while looking at this list? What do all these directors have in common?

Six out of the ten directors have helmed a trilogy (Spielberg – Indiana Jones, Zemeckis – Back tot he Future, Lucas – Star Wars, Verbincki – Pirates, Jackson – Lord of the Rings) Sam Raimi actually directed two trilogies (Spider-Man and Evil Dead).

And while Tim Burton and James Cameron have yet to direct a full-on trilogy, both filmmakers directed Part 1 and 2 of a big franchise (Batman/Terminator respectfully). Christopher Columbus has been part of the start of two franchises, Harry Potter and Home Alone. And Spielberg even directed the first two Jurassic Park films, and who knows, he might eventually helm a third film in the series.

Ron Howard is the odd man out. The only one in the bunch yet to direct a sequel (although Angels & Demons is approaching on the horizonread more | digg story

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s