As much as people like to refer to the period between the early and late ’90s as the “golden age of Hollywood” and so on, the many deserving directors of the 21st century as simply in a league of their own. Various people of different ethnicities, races and nationalities are entering the film profession, bringing their visions to a wider audience. And one of the many things that is a good indicator of a director’s caliber is the box office number of his films.
That’s not to say that if a movie doesn’t make hundreds of millions of dollars, it’s no good. It’s not uncommon for pretty mediocre movies to profitably make millions, if not billions. But at the same time, top-notch projects from renowned directors shouldn’t have a hard time being critically and financially successful, and this list takes a look at some of the directors who have dominated the box office throughout their careers.
ten Jon Favreau – $ 4.3 billion in total
Jon Favreau’s role as Tony Stark’s best friend and former bodyguard Happy Hogan is probably what comes to mind when people think of him, but what many know is that the man playing Happy Hogan in Iron Man is also the one who directed the films.
So, in essence, that makes him an integral part of what has helped MCU become the blockbuster franchise it is today. He would later continue to direct Iron man 2, and the 2016 Disney live-action adaptation of The jungle Book and The Lion King, the two combined have grossed over $ 2.5 billion.
9 Tim Burton – $ 4.4 billion in total
Known for his gothic style fantasy films such as those of 2012 Dark shadows and the classic from 1990 Edward Scissorhands (both featuring the venerable Johny Depp). But his box office successes come from the various adaptations of novels and comics he has made throughout his career, namely Michael Keaton. Batman and Batman returns.
His 2010 film Alice in Wonderland grossed over $ 1 billion at the international box office, and its success has indirectly helped create the live-action remakes of the classic animated movie trend that Disney is making its way into.
8 JJ Abrams – $ 4.6 billion in total
JJ Abrams has worked on more movies as a writer than as a director and is also more active in the television industry than anyone on this list, having co-created numerous shows including, but not limited to it, Lost and Fringe.
After directing the critically acclaimed 2009 Star Trek restart, he directed and co-wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens which remains one of the few films in history to have grossed more than $ 2 billion at the box office. The rise of Skywalker, which he also directed and co-wrote, has also exceeded $ 1 billion in worldwide revenue.
seven Christopher Nolan – $ 4.7 billion in total
The de facto king of summer blockbusters, Christopher Nolan’s films never fail to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office. Although his last job Principle remains somewhat of an exception as it was released in the midst of a global pandemic.
Nolan’s Batman Trilogy will forever remain a shining example of what superhero movies can be, beyond the generic popcorn flicks. Even in addition to billion dollar winners, he has made timeless classics like Memento and Start.
6 David Yates – $ 6 billion in total
David Yates’ name is little heard outside of the Harry potter franchise and their spin-off Fantastic beasts series, but the few films he has made have had immensely successful box office results. Movies that are part of popular franchises automatically tend to make a lot of money after all.
The four Harry Potter films he made, from 2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix have all grossed over $ 900 million worldwide, and the Fantastic beasts the movies didn’t hurt too much either thanks to the fame of its mother franchise.
5 James Cameron – $ 6.2 billion in total
As someone who made two of the most culturally influential films of all time, Extraterrestrial and TerminatorJames Cameron’s legacy was laudable enough. But then he continued to lead Titanic and Avatar, two films that have broken more box office records than can be listed in this article.
The first was the first film to gross over $ 1 billion at the box office and remained the highest grossing film of all time for 12 long years. He was dethroned by James Cameron’s own Avatar, which would then become the first film to earn more than $ 2 billion at the box office.
4 Michael Bay – $ 6.4 billion in total
Critics have never been very fond of the Michael Bay movies, with his highest rated film (over 20 years ago) scoring 66% on Rotten Tomatoes. It won’t be winning an Oscar for Best Picture or Best Director (or even a nomination) anytime soon, but the box office results for its films are about as explosive as the average motor vehicle in a Michael Bay film. , which to say, a lot.
His most iconic directorial creation is the Transformers franchise, which has racked up a total of $ 4.8 billion in 6 films.
3 Peter Jackson – $ 6.5 billion in total
JRR Tolkiens the Lord of the Rings is not only one of the best-selling books of all time, but also one of the most iconic and influential books ever written that forever redefined English literature as a medium.
The Peter Jackson adaptation is seen on equally prestigious terms from a film perspective, which presented the books to a wider audience of millions in the most epic way possible. Coupled with his prequel trilogy The Hobbit series, the franchise as a whole is one of the most financially successful film series with nearly $ 6 billion in gross worldwide.
2 Russo Brothers – $ 6.8 billion in total
With a record breaking nearly $ 23 billion in gross global total across 23 films (that’s a gross average of almost $ 1 billion per movie, which is a crazy statistic in itself), the MCU is the most successful film franchise. profitable in the world. Star wars is the second in place, but his earnings are less than half that of the MCU.
The brothers, Anthony and Joseph Russo are to be credited with leading the last two Captain America movies, Avengers Infinity War and End of Game, the latter is the highest grossing film of all time.
1 Steven Spielberg – $ 10.5 billion in total
As one of the most influential directors working in today’s film industry, Steven Spielberg can be seen sitting atop many prestigious lists. With over 30 films made over a career spanning nearly 6 decades, he is the most prolific director on this list and also the one with the most Oscar wins.
Ironically, despite being the highest grossing director of all time, only one of his many films grossed just over $ 1 billion (that too only after a re-release). But what he lacks in the individual results, he more than makes up for with the large number of blockbusters produced.
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