Spielberg: Leader of Globally Top-Grossing Directors

Steven Spielberg has become the first member of the $10 billion directors’ club.

With his latest film, Ready Player One, approaching $500 million at the global box office, Spielberg’s pictures have grossed a combined $10 billion at the worldwide box office, according to Box Office Mojo.

That doesn’t account for inflation. which is impossible to tabulate for foreign markets.

The figure includes tallies of $4.649 billion domestically and $5.351 billion internationally.

When adjusting domestic ticket sales for inflation, the 33 movies Spielberg has helmed, beginning with 1974’s The Sugarland Express, have earned a combined $10.4 billion in North America, Box Office Mojo says.

Even before Ready Player One, Spielberg has long ranked as the world’s top-grossing director, thanks to the first two Jurassic Park films, the Indiana Jones franchise, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, War of the Worlds and Saving Private Ryan, among other hits.

After Spielberg, the next top-grossing directors at the global box office are:

Peter Jackson ($6.521 billion)

Michael Bay ($6.451 billion)

James Cameron ($6.139 billion)

They are the only other filmmakers whose movies have earned $6 billion or more worldwide.