The 10 Most Bankable Directors In Hollywood

Here are ten directors that held the box office upside down and shook it until it gave up all its money.

 

10. Tim Burton.

Burton has used his distinctive style of directing to carve out a niche for himself creating a cult following along the way. He is the director of two Batman films, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissor Hands.

Collective Box Office Gross: $3.653 billion

Highest Grossing Film: Alice In Wonderland.

 

9. Gore Verbinski.

This Directors box office bank is due exclusively to the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. He has had some stinkers along the way too with the Lone Ranger and Ringo. You may not know this but he also directed The Ring.

Collective Box Office Gross: $3.728 billion

Highest Grossing Film: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

 

8. Chris Columbus.

This is the man that brought us the first two Harry Potter films – which are solely responsible for his place on the list. He has also made classics such as Home AloneMrs. Doubtfire and delivered the abomination that was Pixels this summer.

Collective Box Office Gross: $3.815 billion

Highest Grossing Film: Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone.

7. Robert Zemeckis.

Robert Zemeckis is one of the most important directors in Hollywood for the simple reason that he delivered all three Back to the Future films. Mic dropped, enough said.

Collective Box Office Gross: $4.062 billion

Highest Grossing Film: Forrest Gump.

 

6. Christopher Nolan.

Christopher Nolan is already climbing the charts with his box office clout becoming one of the most bankable Hollywood directors. He has brought us Classics like his Batman trilogy, Memento, Inception and Interstellar.

Collective Box Office Gross: $4.141 billion

Highest Grossing Film: The Dark Knight Rises.

 

5. David Yates.

Yates is another member of the Harry Potter alumni, creating four movies in the franchise and not a hell of a lot more.

Collective Box Office Gross: $4.176 billion

Highest Grossing Film: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

4. Michael Bay.

Rightly or wrongly he is probably the most hated director in Hollywood but no one can deny this guy puts butts in cinema seats. He has brought us the Bad Boys films, the Transformers franchise, Armageddon and The Rock.

Collective Box Office Gross: $5.759 billion

Highest Grossing Film: Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.

 

3. Peter Jackson.

The director of The Lord of the Rings franchise owes his place on this list completely to Hobbits. He has created six films using Middle Earth as the backdrop and they have all made some serious bank.

Collective Box Office Gross: $6.284 billion

Highest Grossing Film: The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King.

 

2. James Cameron.

James Cameron doesn’t make many films, but when he does you better get out of his way or be crushed under the might of his box office clout. He has given the world iconic cinema gold like Aliens, Terminator and the juggernauts that are Titanic and Avatar. It’s obscene how much money these two movies made.

Collective Box Office Gross: $7.138 billion

Highest Grossing Film: Avatar (obviously).

1. Steven Spielberg.

No one can touch the ‘Berg. This man is cinema. Give this man any project and he will turn it into gold. His filmography includes Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, E.T, Jaws and Indiana Jones and that is only a few.

Collective Box Office Gross: $9.011 billion

Highest Grossing Film: Jurassic Park.